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Hi I'm Brad

I'm from Illinois where a lot of Mormon history took place. I was of a different faith, but now...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a farm in rural Illinois. I found later that in the 1840s there had been a sizable Mormon community called Pleasant Vale near where I lived. The city of Quincy Illinois, where the members of the Church found refuge after being expelled from Missouri, was only about 30 miles away. After college, I lived for a while in Oklahoma City, where I met my wife. We moved to Moorhead, Minnesota many years ago. I love the people in this part of the country. I live about a mile from Fargo, North Dakota. It is often cold outside, but the people of Minnesota and North Dakota are warm and friendly. I work in the insurance industry. I'm married to my sweetheart and we have two children. Plus, we were foster parents to Vietnamese refugees, all of who are now grown and have married. I love being a grandfather, having thirteen in total....including the children of my now grown foster sons.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I'm a Mormon, but one question that I had in my previous faith had to do with prophets. I remember in a Protestant Sunday School class learning about Old Testament Prophets. The concept of men who were to chosen to speak for God fascinated me. I asked my pastor why we didn't have prophets today. His response disappointed me when he said, "Because we don't need them". While only in junior high school at the time, I knew we needed them today. It wasn't until several years later when I was at the Visitor's Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City that I saw the Article of Faith, "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely apostles, prophets....” I was excited and to my delight discovered that God has again called living apostles and prophets. The primary evidence of the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith is the Book of Mormon. As I read that book and prayed about it, I came to know that it was true and that, indeed, God has raised up a prophet to establish his church in its purity in these last days.

How I live my faith

My faith reflects in all I do. In my profession, I try to be honest and fair in all of my dealings. This can at times be hard in the business world where different interests pull us in various directions. But by striving to live the teachings of the Savior, I have developed a reputation of being fair, even when others don’t agree with me. I am active in a number of local organizations and have been on the board of local Boy Scout District and Council and the local American Cancer Society . And while my profession and other activities take a lot of my time, my family comes first. I have also served in a number of Church positions, including a Bishop. Presently, my previous Church assignment was working in a leadership capacity in a congregation specifically for Young Single Adults. Presently, I work with high school youth. I enjoy being of service and find that the Church gives me many opportunities to do so. Most importantly, I am grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that I can look to Jesus, and only to him, for forgiveness of my sins and for Eternal Life. His great Plan of Happiness for us, the Gospel, the Good News, and everything that comes from Him means everything to me.