Hi I'm Chad
I have been married for seven years. Currently, I am an insurance agent, and author and a college student. As a teenager, I was involved in Boy Scouts and I was a wrestler. After high school, I served in the Armed Forces and then a two year mission for the Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I'm not working, studying or playing with kids, I love to listen to music, watch movies or catch a hockey game.
Why I am a Mormon
I have been a Mormon all my life but spent my teenage years trying to avoid it. I had to make my fair share of mistakes and do some pretty stupid things before I realized what my religion meant to me. Most people wish that life, marriage and parenting came with manuals. The Church does just that. It has given me guidelines on how to live my life, how to treat my wife, raise my kids, run a business and treat others. It gives me faith and hope every day. There is no question I can ask that I can't get an answer to. I know that by living the standards of the Church, I am happy and I know that by teaching my family these things, they too will have a chance to live that happiness. In tough times like we face now the only thing we can find hope in is our individual faith. Even if everything around us is failing, the promises of the Lord never do and so I look to and lean on Him always.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
For me, prayer is essential. It is my lifeline to God. There is so much peace in knowing that I can speak to Him at any time. If I need help, I ask and He sends that help. If I have a question, I ask and the answers come. Most importantly, when I need comfort, I give Him my heart and without fail, it is healed.
How I live my faith
My family and I read our scriptures every night. We pray together as a family and also individually. At least once a week, we dedicate the entire evening to a family activity. I spent several years teaching the youth of the Church. For those youth that went to High School, we met each morning before school to review the lessons in the Old and New Testaments. I visit a few families in the Church each month as friends but also to make sure they are doing well. I take every chance I get to help other people. If there is someone who needs a ride, help moving or just a few minutes to talk, I make myself available.