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Hi I'm Brad Owens

I'm an academic. I have a wife and two daughters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Salt Lake City and Boise. My wife and I have been married for nine years. My two daughters are four and one. We had a son who died with Trisomy 13. I just finished a doctoral degree in organizational behavior at the University of Washington and am currently a researcher at the University of Michigan. I love to run and read. I enjoy British film and literature.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I have been a member since I was 8 years old, when I was 15 I took seriously the challenge to read the Book of Mormon for myself and pray about it. I can trace all of my current blessings back to this period when I sought to understand and know for myself. In other words, my life began to unfold and expand in wonderful ways since this period when I decided to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. During this time I would read alone, slowly, and think about what was being taught and ask myself if I believed it. When I discovered principles in the Book of Mormon (i.e., keep pure thoughts, center your trust on Jesus Christ, repent when you stumble, pray often and with sincerity, be honest, be kind), I committed to try to align my life with these principles. Reading the Book of Mormon not only gave me motivation to be a better person, it endeared me to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I wanted to feel near Them everyday. While I read I felt love and peace. The Book of Mormon was changing my life for the better and I couldn't deny it. These experiences when I was 15 have only amplified with time. My peace and faith in Jesus Christ have grown significantly since then. I know that God lives and is our Heavenly Father. I know that Jesus Christ lives and He is our Savior. I know that to the degree that we center our thoughts, feelings, and hopes on Him we will find life in greater and greater abundance. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and anyone who reads it with a sincere heart and real intent (i.e., intent to follow through with what one is learning) will also find their life expand in wonderful ways, will feel closer to God, and assurance of His reality and love for all of us. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored again on the earth.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I attend church and spend the day with my family. I organize the community outreach effort in our local congregation and work closely with our full-time missionaries. I also teach a Sunday School class on our basic beliefs for visitors and new members. When I was 19, I served a two-year mission in Hong Kong, China. As a family, every morning we kneel in family prayer and read from the Book of Mormon and the Bible. We have found that this helps us to keep a good feeling in our home.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Brad Owens
Temples were a central part of worship and religious faith throughout the history of Israel. The meaning of temples and temple worship has been restored in these latter-days. Everything that goes on in Mormon temples is uplifting and edifying. In temples we learn more about God our Heavenly Father and His plan for us as His children. We renew our commitment to serve Jesus Christ. We are sealed together as families, making our family relationships enduring after this life. We also enable others who have passed on to have these blessings if they should choose. To me, the temple is an important preparation for the next life. I had a friend from the Philippines in college who went through the process of becoming a United States citizen (i.e., naturalization). He attended classes to understand what it meant to be a citizen of the United States and pledged to uphold the principles upon which the nation stands. I have viewed what happens in the temple as our naturalization process to preparing to return to our Heavenly Father's presence and reside with Him. The temple is also a wonderful refuge from the cares of the world and a place of peace. I absolutely love the temple. It is my favorite place on earth. Show more Show less