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Hi I'm Brett

I'm a historian and an editor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning, having recently completed a PhD in history. I also love the outdoors -- camping, bushwalking, caving, canoeing, swimming in rivers, oceans, lakes, etc. I also love food with heaps of flavour. Life, I like to say, is too short to eat boring food.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because what it teaches works -- consistently, reliably, and predictably. It offers women and men the Gospel of Jesus Christ, restored in purity through prophets and accompanied by the power and authority of God. Near the end of his life, Joseph Smith, through whom God restored the Church, stated, 'I don't blame any one for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I would not have believed it myself'. I feel much the same way. I have repeatedly tested the teachings of the Church in the laboratory of my life, and I therefore know by personal experience that they are true. Being a member of the Church has brought me peace and joy and blesings beyond description. It has changed me fundamentally, making me a better man in every way.

How I live my faith

I assist the bishop of our congregation as one of his counsellors. In this role, I get to work and play with our young men and, best of all, serve alongside them. The night of the Last Supper, the Lord Jesus Christ gave His apostles a final example of service and then promised them that they would be happy if they followed that example. It has been the key to happiness in my life, and I have watched great blessings come to others as they have sought to follow His example of kindness, compassion, and service.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Brett
It was my privilege to be a fulltime missionary of the Church for two years. I wanted to serve a mission because I hoped to share with others the beautiful things that had blessed my life and the lives of my family members. I will be forever grateful for the missionaries who shared the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with my parents' families, and indirectly with me. Show more Show less