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Hi I'm Brad

I was born and raised a Mormon and have found great happiness and security by staying close to the church my entire life.

About Me

I am a husband to my wife and a father to our four children. Aside from spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, hiking, sports, and gardening. I have a passion for geography and maps. I read every issue of the National Geographic Magazine I can get my hands on. I have recently picked up the hobby sport of Disc Golf.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born and raised in the Mormon faith, I have come to know for myself, through sincere fasting, prayer, and personal sacrifice, that the doctrines taught in this faith are true. Answers to life's most important heart-felt questions are more fully available in this church. The understandings of gospel principles and doctrine I have received through my study have all affirmed the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Currently, I serve as the Bishop and a home teacher in my ward. Being a member of this church is not a Sunday-only thing. I try to live my life each day in accordance with the teachings and principles of the restored gospel, and in harmony with the life and purpose of our savior, Jesus Christ.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Brad
To provide short-term, temporary assistance to those in need of food or other household needs. After meeting with the Bishop and discussing their situation and needs, the individual is encouraged to carefully lay out a plan to be self-sufficient after receiving this assistance. They are also encouraged to provide some kind of service to the local congregation as a way of giving back. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Brad
Regular Sunday Mormon church services consists of meetings and classes spanning 3 hours, where visitors are always welcome. Usually the first meeting is our Sacrament meeting, somewhat comparable to a Catholic mass. Mormon Sacrament meetings include hymns, prayers, partaking of the Sacrament (communion), and speakers (sermons offered usually by lay members of the congregation). After Sacrament meeting, additional Sunday school classes, and men's, women's, and youth classes are held for specific ages and responsibilities - all intended to bring us closer to Christ. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Brad
Church buildings are used for public Sunday worship services and other social activities throughout the week, while temples are reserved and specially set aside for the performance of sacred ordinances. Attending a temple carries with it, a more sacred and holy intent and purpose, because the temple is literally dedicated as the "house of the the Lord". Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brad
Some people refer to Mormonism as a cult because they do not understand our views on the Christian faith in general, and how they align with Christ's original church and teachings. When compared with Nicene Creed, the doctrines of Mormonism seem unorthodox, but careful thought and consideration will show the sincere seeker that the teaching of Mormonism fall well in line with the doctrine of Christ. Show more Show less