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Hi I'm Brent

Outdoor enthusiast, mountain biker, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in southern Oregon and northern Utah, the 2nd of 8 kids to a father and mother who loved us and gave up a lot to care for so many children. One of the most important lessons they ever taught me was the value of hard work, and to work hard every day. Now I'm married to my sweetheart and we have 2 young boys of my own, who work hard to ensure that there is never a dull moment in our home. We're currently in an apartment in Seattle where their energy in the long wet winter months takes a heavy toll on indoor appliances. I've always felt most at home in the outdoors, taking in the beauties of nature. I can't imagine more perfect places than the local, state, and especially the national parks which surround us. One of my favorite ways to enjoy them is on a mountain bike. I was trained as a Bioengineer, and am now working in Neuroscience, trying to understand the complexity and inner workings of the brain. Training in the sciences has only made me more sensitive to the wonders of creation, whether they are on a massive scale like Mount Rainier or a minuscule, like single neurons in the brain.

Why I am a Mormon

As one of 8 kids, my dad worked hard both to provide for his family, to give us a proper example, and to teach us the gospel of Jesus Christ. My mom worked tirelessly in the home for the benefit and nurture of her family. With such a tradition in the Mormon faith handed down by my parents, and with several generations of faithful members of the Church on both sides you might think I just blindly bought in to what my parents taught me and followed it through to adulthood. But like all members of the Church, including both those who were born into it and those who found it later in life, I had to find my own testimony and conversion to the gospel. Such a testimony came from studying the Book of Mormon and praying to know the truthfulness of the teachings therein. He answered my prayer as he had done for many others, and I know the gospel to be true. I'm never happier than when I'm serving those around me. I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary for 2 years in a country I love, Uruguay. Being so far from home, family, and friends, I felt a great homesickness many times. On one such occasion, I took the opportunity to write a list of the blessings which I felt I'd been given in my life. After about an hour writing, I came up with a pretty long list, then checked off the ones which I had with me then, over 6000 miles away from home. To my astonishment, only my family was missing. Some of life's greatest blessings are always with us. I feel like the Lord has blessed me so much, and has continued to do so throughout my life as I remember him and serve others.

How I live my faith

One teaching from the gospel of Matthew has always struck me as profound: it is "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." I know that as I seek him first each day, he has blessed me with the necessities of life. I do so by starting each day with sincere prayer and scripture study, and attend church each week. Living in such a way has provided me with the focus and clarity to accomplish the things which I have done. My wife and I seek to raise our children together, and to continue to pass on the rich traditions we have inherited. We look for opportunities to serve those around us as a family, and have found our greatest happiness through helping others.