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Hi I'm Bradley

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a postdoc. A musician. A cook. A mediocre distance runner. An aspiring home handyman. A friend. A son. A brother. A really, really good uncle. And I'm a Mormon. I grew up in the South, moved out West for high school and college, served a two-year mission in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and now I'm back down South working as a postdoc in public health and epidemiology. I'm looking forward to a research career hoping to improving kidney health around the world. Most people care about hearts and cancer and the like, but somebody's got to look after the kidneys. That's my job. I'm an avid musician a pianist, choral singer, and choir director. I've been playing piano since I was child, but after a pretty devastating hand injury in my early 20's, I took up singing in college. I've conducted my church's congregational choirs for years, and I absolutely love it--it's an indescribable experience to stand at the head of a group of people all singing together, hopefully unified in tone, timing, pitch, and purpose. My siblings are spread out all around the United States, and occasionally Europe, but we get together regularly. Even though we're grown, some have in-laws, and there are babies and grandchildren now, the love and sense of belonging we developed during our childhood still carries with us today.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church and it had always been a comfortable religious home for me, but throughout the moves around the country and throughout the stages of my life, I found it was more than just habit for me. It was something I valued in a very personal, very deep way. Even living on my own, living in far away parts of the world, I found it was very important for me find and be active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As much time and energy as it requires from me, deep within I knew my commitment to it was greater than simple familiarity. A lifetime of experiences and the gentle promptings of the Holy Ghost had confirmed to me the truthfulness and importance of the Church in my life.

How I live my faith

I am active in Church music--I have sung in, accompanied, or conducted the choir since I was teenager, and will likely sing until the day I can no longer open my mouth. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I try to understand and treat others the way he would. In my professional life, my faith has guided the choices I've made to enter a field which will hopefully improve the quality of others' lives. In my family life, the covenants my family has made in the temple assure me that my family can be together forever. I also spend a good amount of time participating in church events. My church congregation is like a family to me. I attend church meetings every Sunday morning, and I'm the clerk, so I'm generally there early and late for meetings and keeping records straight. I try to treat other people around me with respect and love, the way Christ would if he were here today. I certainly am not perfect at it, but I certainly keep trying to be a little bit better.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Bradley
Mormons teach that baptism is a critical step in declaring ourselves disciples of Jesus Christ. Once we develop faith in Jesus Christ, have a desire to follow and serve him, and repent of our sins, we're baptized by someone holding the proper priesthood authority. This symbolic action shows that we have put aside our old lives and now we're beginning a new, fresh life as followers of Jesus Christ. Through baptism, we also formally enter a covenant or promise relationship with Jesus Christ, where we promise to follow him, obey him, love and remember him, and repent when we fall short. In return, he promises to forgive and accept us as we keep our part of the covenant. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Bradley
I actually get this question a good bit from friends and coworkers. We probably aren't too different than most people you would run into, but there certainly are some distinct things we do. If you go to a Church meeting, people will be there with their families: little children and everyone. Meetings can be a little loud sometimes, but there's a strong sense of family togetherness and warmth. People will be dressed up, generally, although the meetings themselves are a little less formal with speakers and prayers from the congregation, lots of hymn singing, etc. Our holidays are the same as everyone else's. For religious holidays, we tend to spend them with our families rather than in special church meetings. Church services around Christmas and on Easter will be especially focused on Jesus Christ. We don't particularly have unique religious holidays, but many members of the Church (particularly in the Western USA) will celebrate Pioneer Day on July 24 to mark the day when the Mormon pioneers first arrived in Utah. There are usually outdoor games, parades, etc. Show more Show less