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Hi I'm Brad

I'm a single father of four wonderful children. God has been with me every step of the way. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a divorced father of four wonderful children. Yes, there are divorced people in the Mormon church! There is joy to be found in every circumstance in life. I find my joy through following the teachings of Jesus and in spending time with my children. I have a wonderful career in the Twin Cities area and I am able to travel the world and experience many different people and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

 I have found that the deepest and most wonderful joy in life is found when I live close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ his son. I feel the closest to deity when I am living the teachings of Jesus as found in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Being a member of this church helps me to better understand the true purpose of this life and also how deeply God loves me personally. I love the doctrine of this church. I love the symbolism of this church. I truly believe it is the restored church of Jesus Christ on the earth today.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by committing myself to God every day and trying my best to do as Jesus would in every situation. Of course, I fail every day. But I ask for forgiveness and grace and the strength to do better the next day. I live my faith by being close to my children. I made myself a promise long ago that I wouldn't miss ANY opportunity to spend time with my children as they were growing up, and I have kept that promise. I live my faith by serving my neighbors both in church and those who live around me. I try to live the Golden Rule in everything I do - which can be quite difficult in some situations.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Brad
The phrase, "This life is a testing ground" is trite, but true. We believe that there is not only purpose in this life, but that God has a grand design for each of us. He is so intimately involved in the details of our lives and is customizing our daily experiences so that we can become who He wants us to become, and to ultimately return to live with Him again. I suppose that's why He gives us experiences that we "need" not necessarily what we "like". Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Brad
This is a question that I think more people should be asking - and it is a good one! Did Joseph Smith write it? Did a scholar write it? Was it written by a group of people? If open-minded people everywhere would read the Book of Mormon and then ask themselves this question, I believe that they would be satisfied that it was indeed written by ancient prophets - just as claimed. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Brad
The "law of chastity" is one of the doctrines of this church that sets us apart from almost every other religion in all the world. We believe in maintaining sexual purity before marriage and absolute fidelity after marriage. We abide by the teaching of Jesus when he said, "Whosever looketh upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery in his heart." This is a very unpopular and peculiar stance on sexuality, but one that we believe brings great freedom and strength to those who abide by it. Show more Show less

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

Brad
It's quite an ordeal getting ready for church on Sunday! But to see my four children looking their best each week is very satisfying. Yes, I even do the girl's hair before church every Sunday. I haven't quite perfected it - but perhaps someday I'll get there. My two boys wear dress shirts and ties each week - and I'm rarely to be seen without a suit at church. With that said however, we welcome people in practically any attire - as long as it doesn't detract from the service. We celebrate all the customary holidays here in the U.S. There are sometimes special programs for the big religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter, but most often our church service doesn't change dramatically due to the holidays. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Brad
This is perhaps one of the foundational reasons that "mainstream Christianity" do not accept us as Christians - our beliefs regarding the nature of God. We literally believe that God is our Father in Heaven. He is a glorified, immortal, perfected Man who has created us in His own image, just as the Bible says. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal - without beginning of days or end of years. Most importantly, He is perfectly kind, perfectly understanding, perfectly merciful and good to all of His children here on earth. I know that He knows me perfectly. I know that He cares for me perfectly. I know that He has a grand design for my life. Show more Show less