Originally Posted by Hayapower
Welcome to the site..
Did you check the stop lamp fuse?
So, after watching some interesting "How to" videos which were completely wrong, I discovered that the brake light switch was extremely easy to replace, taking less than 5 mins. Once I replaced the brake light switch my brake lights worked again and I was able to shift out of park. Thanks for your suggestion and I appreciate all of the advice that was provided to others in this forum which allowed me to easily fix my problem.