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Hi I'm Brent

I'm a psychologist, I'm a researcher, I'm a foster dad, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've survived 3 marathons, Comic-Con, and grad school. I love learning and have particular interests in history and genetics. I also enjoy reading for fun, mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy, my current favorite author is Jasper Fforde. My favorite sports are innertube waterpolo and laser tag. I used to travel a lot and have enjoyed several international adventures, but now my focus is closer to home -- and my five kids who have inherited my collection of Legos and Nerf guns.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it's the right thing for me to be. I feel that God wants me here and that he directs my life as well as this church.

How I live my faith

When others need help, I help. I think that this is what religion is all about, responding to that spirit that leads you to do good. That's why I became a foster parent and, really, it's why I do what I do. 

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Brent
Funny story... We believe that God has prompted many people to write inspired words. One such volume of scripture is known as "The Book of Mormon" after the guy who did a lot of the writing kinda like the first 5 books of the Old Testament are called "The Books of Moses." Because of this catchy, if unusual, title people started calling us "The Mormons" and the name just kinda stuck. It is a bit shorter than "Latter-day Saints." Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Brent
It's kinda funny. In general we get along with most other folks, but at the same time, at least religiously, we rarely "fit in" with others. It's weird to hear our religion receive so much attention because of presidential candidates and other political leaders who share my faith. It's odd because others rarely get the same kind of religious scrutiny. Even though we're a fairly large and common church these days, it still seems that we have a reputation for being "different." Still, most of the time, I think it's a non-issue. In most social settings, for example, being a "Mormon" looks quite a bit like "being a nice guy". Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Brent
They're a pretty diverse bunch. Officially, we believe in the equality of men and women, although in practice, we often endorse a kinda "women are more spiritual than men" idea. Still, at least in this life, at this time, only men are called to the priesthood including the majority of local and global leadership positions. Still, even this could be seen as a sort of "benevolent sexism" if the individuals involved see the priesthood as "an onerous duty" as labeled by church president Brigham Young or "a load to be borne, work to be done and nothing more" commentary by Hugh Nibley. In short, we believe in the quality of men and women, provided we are allowed to maintain gender distinctions, in callings and assignments although not necessarily in capacity or ability. Show more Show less