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Hi I'm Brad

I was a Navy brat and grew up all over the US. I'm a lawyer in Arizona now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a lawyer. I'm married and I have seven kids, one of whom is married. I live in the Phoenix area. I like to scuba dive, read, work in my yard and grow my garden, play basketball, run, and wakeboard.

Why I am a Mormon

I've had the opportunity to feel the Spirit in my life many times. My most powerful spiritual experiences have been ones involving the Savior--his role as my Redeemer and older brother. The Mormon Church is his organization on this Earth. I know He lives.

How I live my faith

I work with a congregation in my neighborhood. I'm a bishop, which means that I try to help people in a number of ways. I spend a lot of time working with the young men and young women in our ward. I counsel with church members who have personal, spiritual, emotional and other challenges. In a typical week I will have several meetings with church members, go on a couple activities with youth, and oversee our congregation's Sunday meetings.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Well, I'm one of those unpaid clergy. Clergy weren't paid in Christ's day, and they don't need to be paid now. We are all volunteers. The scriptures speak about members meeting together to strengthen each other. That is what we all get out of our volunteer service--the feeling that we are helping others as they are helping us. In my case, I'm very grateful for the blessings of Jesus Christ's gospel in my life, and it really does seem like the least I can do to "give back" to others by serving and loving them. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Originally they weren't. Shortly after the Book of Mormon was translated in the 1820s, detractors started calling believers "Mormons." The believers took after the name, and it stuck. Interestingly, the Book of Mormon tells a similar story. An ancient people who believed in Christ were called "Christians" by their enemies, too: http://scriptures.lds.org/en/alma/48/10#10 Of course, the full name of our Church refers to Jesus Christ, the Savior in whom all Mormons have faith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

An ancient prophet taught that people are "saved by grace, after all that they can do." Mormons believe that no one can be saved except by the grace of Christ. We are all imperfect, so none of us can "earn" salvation--but we must work hard and follow the Lord's commandments so that we can be worthy to receive Jesus' grace and return together with Him to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Not the Mormons I know! Of course one of our responsibilities as Mormons is to try to help the members of our church any way that we can. But Jesus taught that we must love everyone, and that means helping out people even if they're not members of our faith. Our church has made very large humanitarian donations after natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami of 2004, and many other catastrophes. A couple years I worked with a large church youth group that did a beautification project at a public park in my hometown. Another time our church group spread gravel and did cleanup at a nearby equestrian trail. Jesus taught often about service, and it is an important part of our religion. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think people who say that just aren't very familiar with us and are repeating what they've heard. Sometimes people have heard that we don't believe in Christ as our personal Savior, which is completely wrong. Sometimes I think people are a little nervous about the fact that Mormons believe in prophets now--just as in the days of the Bible. But as the Lord himself put it in the Bible, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Or people have heard about some Mormon doctrine that seems strange to them, and it makes them wonder. For people who are curious about something Mormon that sounds "cultish," the best thing to do is probably to find a Mormon and ask them about it. The truth is, Mormons are pretty normal people who don't mind explaining what they believe. Anybody who knows a few Mormons can tell you that Mormons don't act like cult members. Show more Show less