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Hi I'm Brett

I'm from South East Idaho going to medical school to be a doctor and raising a beautiful family at the same time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in South East Idaho, and yes I did work on a potato farm growing up. I currently live in upstate New York with my wonderful wife and our 3 beautiful daughters (I'm still hoping for a son). We came to New York to attend medical school where I'm planning on becoming an Emergency Room physician. I did my undergraduate studies in nursing at BYU-Idaho which truly is the BEST BYU. It was there that I met my beautiful wife and had the privilege of marrying her for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Idaho temple. My first daughter was born in Rexburg while finishing my bachelor degree. My next two daughters were born in New York during medical School. What little time I have when I'm not studying, I enjoy spending it with my family, working with the local scout troop, and spending time in the outdoors. I've always enjoyed music, which I attribute to my father the music man (he is a music/choir teacher). I love playing sports and unfortunately don't get to do it enough. The three sports I finally decided are the best are soccer, basketball and tennis.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the privilege of being born into a family where my parents loved each other and loved their kids. I am the 4th of 9 kids. My parents were born and raised as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had been married and sealed together for time and all eternity in the temple. Growing up, the church was always a big part of my life. I loved going to church and learning as much as possible about the gospel. At about the age of 17, I was pondering on my plans to serve my church as a missionary. I knew that as a missionary I would devote all of my time to preaching the gospel. I asked myself if I was ready to look anyone in the eyes and tell them that I knew the church was true. I had never doubted it, but I realized at that time that prior to that I had relied on my parents' conviction of the truthfulness of the gospel. I decided to obtain my own personal knowledge or testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints truly was the only true and living church upon the face of the earth. Having been raised in the church I knew that The Book of Mormon was the keystone of our religion. I knew about Moroni's promise stating that if "ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. (Moroni 10: 4)" So I did it. I read and studied The Book of Mormon, and when I finished I knelt down and asked my Heavenly Father for my own personal testimony about the truthfulness of the church. My answer came through the most amazing feeling of peace and joy and warmth and happiness I had ever experienced. I know that God hears and answers prayers, and I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is his church on the earth.

How I live my faith

I love going to church. There is a special spirit that can be felt in the church building that isn't felt elsewhere. I could probably count on both my hands the number of times I've been unable to attend my weekly meetings. Sundays are a time to put aside the cares of the world and focus on more important spiritual matters. It's a time to rejuvenate my soul. Thankfully, I can also live with my Faith each and every day of the week and not just Sundays. I can say prayers both personally and with my family morning and night, to bless our food, and whenever else I need to. I can read and study the scriptures and other words of the prophets. Living the gospel also means that I have never drank alcohol, coffee, tea, and abstain from all caffeinated beverages. This surprises many of my healthcare associates who rely on caffeine to stay awake for those long shifts and long hours of studying. I avoid these things because the Lord has asked me to but also because I know that it is a healthier way to live. I donate 10% of all my earnings to the church to help with the upkeep of the buildings and to help pay for new ones. By doing so, the Lord blesses me and makes sure that I always have the necessities of life. I enjoy the privilege of volunteering my time to serving in different callings within the church. Most members of the church are asked to do the same. I've had the opportunity to serve as a teacher in a variety of different Sunday School classes, to serve with the youth and help plan activities for them, to work with family history, and to serve in other various callings. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn't just a part of my life. It is my way of life.