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Hi I'm BradQ

I'm a son, brother, husband, father and grandpa! I'm also a Mormon from Utah, but also lived in England, Colorado and Oregon.

About Me

Most of my growing-up years were spent in a small, central Utah community where farming, ranching, mining and the trades provided a living for those in the community. Due to my allergies it was soon apparent that I may need a career and city environment that would reduce the suffering often experienced by those with asthma and/or hay fever. My love and skill in typing provided the basis for entering the property and casualty insurance business, which provided the essentials needed to assist with the support of my family through much of their growing years. Thirteen years into marriage I struggled with a job loss, a divorce followed three years later, and finally the death of my oldest son five years after that; seven years of a downward spiral that weakened me significantly. My eminent recovery began midway through the downward spiral after obtaining solid employment, a blessed marriage began five years from then, and contributing to two missions and five marriages of my beautiful children all served to brighten my future greatly. Our life is now blessed with seventeen beautiful grandchildren. Retirement years have been busy with caring for aging parents, genealogical research, gardening, enjoying family get-together's and much, much more. I began my Mormon.org profile a few years ago, but was encouraged to complete and share it upon being called to serve as a senior couples missionary.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Mormon by default, born and raised in the faith! However, without the personal witness received during my time served as a missionary in England, I could be of any other faith and it wouldn't matter. Praying sincerely, after completing commitments I was asking others to make, but hadn't fulfilled myself, lead me to realize lessons about religion that solidified my convictions about Mormonism for decades gone by - well over 40 years ago. While recently serving as ward mission leader in the Church, I understood more clearly the tap-root from which my testimony thrived so many years ago; a reading of the last two paragraphs of the Introduction page of the Book of Mormon described my experience in detail. It reminded me of the spiritual, confirming feelings I received after I read the Book of Mormon completely, pondered the message it contained, and prayed to God sincerely about its veracity - it is an ancient, non-fictional record kept by prophets of the Lord's dealings with his people. Its' truth and divinity was confirmed to me by the Holy Ghost, as promised. Not only is the Book of Mormon a true record, but my heart was settled at that moment also, that"... Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah." Living what I preach, to the best of my knowledge and ability, has continued to verify the truths I learned so many years ago. Following the path as a true disciple of Jesus Christ is my life's work; I'm grateful for faith and repentance as tools to assist me in my pursuit.

How I live my faith

Faith is an individual thing; we all have it in varying degrees. We all wonder if ours is enough at times. I enjoy reading and pondering scriptures; I've heard that we speak to God through prayer, but we hear His voice through scripture. Unseen power, received through Christ's atonement, has been a significant benefit in my life; without His aid I feel my life would be shallow, meaningless and inconsequential. Faith and faithfulness to me is all about following the Master, and learning to give up my will as He offers to lead me successfully through this wilderness called life, by offering His perfect example and supreme inspiration. I have been blessed with many opportunities to serve in teaching, leadership and other capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but have always been the benefactor of much more than I have given. Principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are more clearly understood when I serve others. It has been made apparent to me, especially while viewing my life in retrospect, that knowledge truly does precede belief and follow faith; belief and faith are twins, but they are not identical. Faith is the absolute key to a perfect knowledge of all things; it comes by hearing the testimonies of others, then walking the path even in our darkest hours, knowing that the light we are following is the example of Jesus Christ, our loving Savior.