Hi I'm Brad Hardisty
We moved into a new community 15 years ago and helped develop the high school athletic and booster program. We do most of our work behind the scenes. What we do best is cheer on our 5 kids.
Why I am a Mormon
My Mom wanted a man that did not drink. My Dad decided he rather have her than the beer. My Mom then joined the church after they had 3 children. I was the 4th of 5. We went to church every week of my life. I served a mission to Montreal. I married a mormon girl and we've raise our 5 in the faith. But why am I a mormom? Because I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the faith is true...that Jesus Christ lives and cares about me. He's provided us with a living prophet on the earth today to serve us by giving us heavens lastest counsel. A living God I can trust, the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the counsel of a living prophet...is why I'm a Mormon. I'd be lying if I didn't mention our congreation luau and Christmas party...they are awesome!
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Three years ago the perfect storm hit our business and income. Like a soilder in battle, we looked to God to save us. I made it a habit to read a chapter out of the Book of Mormon every day. One day I read Alma 58 9-10. Helaman was in a desparate situation...like me. And like me he prayed and recieved assurances from the spirit that he would be protected. I found many times what I was reading in the Book of Mormon and other scriptures that God was talking to me through the stories and principles contain there in.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
In August of 2001 I decide to go to the Temple in search of blessings. I went every week for a year. I'd hoped to get some help with my business but instead I noticed that my relationship with my wife was sweeter. Over the next 5 years I continued the practice and noticed our kids, far from perfect, seemed to be making good decisions. Then people who knew me for a long time said I had changed for the better. That's a little awkard but I appreciated what they were telling me. So I can tell you that we were blessed with more harmony in our home by going to the Temple every week. Don't believe it? Try it!
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Good question? I went in 1978 at the age of 19 because the prophet at the time, President Spencer W. Kimball, said every young man in the church should prepare himself and serve a mission. I had a football scholarship to BYU. During my freshman year, around October, I had a talk with my position coach about me going on a mission. I told him I was going. He got upset, wheeled around, and walked off in a rant. (None of the coaching staff at the time had served a mission). It was that day I found out that I believed the President was a Prophet and I was going on a mission. I'm glad I did. It was challenging. I remember thinking after the first 3 days as a missionary, working from 9:30am to 9:30pm, that 3 hour football practices was a walk in the park.
How has attending Church services helped you?
We don't attend church services...we are the church serves. We give prepared talks, teach lesson, care for kids 2-4 in the nursury, visit people in their homes, put in gardens, help people move, teach bible study classes to teenagers at 630 in the morning--4 times a week, conduct boy scouts, young womens programs, counsel with people having challenges. And pay our tithing for the priviliage. Don't forget we go on missions, pay our way, and send our kids too! If you're looking for a church to attend services and you think you like ours...better roll up your sleeves if you want to be mormon.
How I live my faith
I work with a group of young fathers. We meet each week and talk about ways we can practice our Christian faith in our homes and communities. I often ask them who had a great date with your wife this week? Or do they have a date with their wife scheduled on the calender? Who met with their children this week and had some one on one time. Who got an answer to prayer this week from their study of the scriptures. How was the gospel of Jesus Christ relevant in your life this week? Helping these young Dads be better husbands and fathers is one way I live my faith.