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Hi I'm Brad

I'm a husband, and a father of five amazing kids. I'm a social worker, I've battled cancer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married Mindy in 1993. I am a dad of 5 kids ranging in age from 13 to 21 years old (and our oldest just married an amazing young woman we're so happy to add to our family). They are amazing people and I feel blessed to be their dad. We lived in Provo and Bountiful, Utah for about 10 years, and now live in Spokane Valley and we love it here. My family means the world to me! I absolutely love just being with them - we don't have to be doing anything entertaining or exciting...I just love hanging out with them. Professionally, I am a clinical social worker and provide individual and marriage counseling, consult with ecclesiastical leaders, and identify quality counseling resources in the community. I REALLY enjoy my employment, and I consider it a huge blessing in my life to not only have a good job and career, but to also enjoy what I spend so much time doing. Me and my kids are HUGE Seattle Seahawks fans! Their Super Bowl-winning season was amazing! We love to watch them play, and love sports of almost any kind. In October 2012 I began feeling abdominal pain one morning, and subsequently had surgery to remove some tumors. I have been diagnosed with two types of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Cancer), DLBCL and Follicular Lymphoma. I had 6 chemotherapy treatments (RCHOP), as well as some maintenance chemotherapy, and scans are now showing no evidence of disease. We are so grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and their parents were Mormons, so early in my life I didn't know any different. However, when I embarked on my full-time mission to Ireland and Northern Ireland, I learned for myself that the church I grew up in was true. I received answers through the Holy Ghost--comfort, "...love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.." as in Galatians 5.22. I then KNEW for myself that I wanted to be a Mormon for the rest of my life, and wanted everything that came along with that. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know Jesus is my Savior. I believe Him when He says He can save me. I am dependent on Him. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored on the earth through Joseph Smith and so many others who had faith. I know that the Book of Mormon is scripture, and it is a tremendous help for me in my life. And I know we have a living prophet today. I feel so blessed.

How I live my faith

Many have called this journey with cancer a trial. There certainly have been, there are, and I know there will be difficult and/or painful times. But I believe because of my faith and spiritual knowledge, I have perceived infinitely more blessings from this experience than difficult times. A past leader of my church expressed, "When we take Jesus’ yoke upon us, this admits us eventually to what Paul called the 'fellowship of [Christ’s] sufferings' (Philip. 3:10). Whether illness or aloneness, injustice or rejection, etc., our comparatively small-scale sufferings, if we are meek, will sink into the very marrow of the soul" (Neal A. Maxwell, April 1997, “From Whom All Blessings Flow”). I have felt this sinking into my marrow, and I'm grateful and humbled to be a member of this fellowship. Elder Maxwelll also expressed, "...my humble praise...flows...to the Holy Ghost, about whom we speak less. Among His many roles I express my particular and personal gratitude today for the recent ways in which He has been the precious Comforter, including in the mid-night moments!" (Neal A. Maxwell, April 1997, “From Whom All Blessings Flow”). I have had midnight moments, and have felt and am so grateful for this comfort. I rely on the strength that Jesus Christ provides daily. I testify of his Atonement, and that we can access strength from that Atonement beyond our own capacities.

What is the priesthood?

Brad
To me the priesthood is the authority to perform ordinances that are binding and valid. The Bible refers to Christ laying hands on others to preach and teach, and also to heal. When Christ set up his church when he was alive, the priesthood was a part of that. Today we bless the sick, baptize, and perform duties with priesthood authority. I know that the priesthood is real, and is of God partly because of the feelings I feel when I engage in or witness ordinances performed by the priesthood. In the ordinances of the priesthood, the power of godliness is manifest.   Show more Show less