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Hi I'm Brad

I love a good laugh and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Bellevue WA, but moved around most of my life. The longest my family ever stayed in one place, was about four years. Aside from me, there are four other kids in my family, and my parents. I've probably spent too many hours with a controller in my hand, but gaming is one of my passions. I also love to make short films with friends and other forms of art. I believe there's never a reason not to laugh. I recently returned home from serving the Lord on a Mission in Fresno California.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm certainly not the first Mormon in my family; we go back several generations. I have pioneer heritage, as well as converts as close as my Grandfather. Every single one of my ancestors has a testimony and a reason for joining the church, from my Great-great Grandmother in South Africa, who went to "save" her family from the Mormons, and every other who has come before me. I am a Mormon because it gives me a peace which is not found anywhere. Despite anything which happens in our life, that peace can be had at any moment. I cannot describe the sense of love that comes as I pray during those hours of loneliness or betrayal. Nothing compares. There is no heart-ache, no sorrow, no pain that cannot be overcome by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. There isn't enough room in this world to say all that can be said about that Atonement, and I don't think we should limit ourselves to what has already been said.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in everything I do. Right now every moment is dedicated to selfless service. As a full time missionary, I taught the Gospel of Jesus to everyone who will lend an ear. I would not have been disowned or looked down on for not going. Service comes in many ways, I teach, but thats not all. As Latter-day Saints, we try to serve people of all faith, backgrounds, ethnicity, or status. Yard work, moving, visiting the lonely, listening to the sad, anywhere a hand is needed, we strive to be. That is true Christianity. As is said in Will L. Thompsons hymn, "Have I Done Any Good?", "only he who does something, helps others to live."

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Brad
A Book of Mormon propthet named Nephi said: "and he (Jesus Christ) inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile" (2Nephi 28:33). That statement was true when the book was first published, and it is still true today. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brad
As a missionary, I had many people professing to be Christian come to me and accuse me of believing that we can buy our way into heaven by our works. This of course, is false. We believe that we are saved exactly as the Bible says we are.saved. We learn from the Bible that we must believe in Jesus Christ, or have faith in Him (see Ephesians 2:8). From James, we learn that "faith without works is dead." (James 2: 26). We also learn that the Lord "giveth grace unto the humble" (James 4:6) This is important to remember, that while good things don't buy your way into heaven, a lack of them will keep you out. (See also Matthew 25:45) No matter our standing with God, we must strive to always follow the example of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brad
If you call worshipping Jesus Christ and trying our best to live like him a cult... We may be an peculiar people, but we do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he died so that we could all be saved. Everything else we believe is just a branch from that. We strive the best we can to be like the Savior, to lift burdens, to love one another, to keep ourselves morally clean and spiritually pure. Our practices are all in harmony with the gospel. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Brad
First and foremost, avoid it at all costs. The lifespan of TV shows is based on whether people watch them or not. Don't go to websites or click on ads and banners that lead to immoral pictures and/or videos. Don't buy magazines that display the human body in a provacative way, no matter what the subject of the magazine is. Its also important to remember that there is emotional pornagraphy as well. Books and television series and other sources detatch us from life and put our focus on fantasies that cause harm to our social and family relations. This isn't just about the don'ts though. If we are to purge ourselves of pornography, we need to be commited to producing clean entertainment. The media is filled with so much filth, and so much of the entertainment industry focuses on putting out products that please the carnal and create lust. If you have any creative or imaginitive ability (which I believe we all do), use it to make the world a more beautiful place. Use your talents to draw with modesty, to film without filth, to photograph without the sleaze, to program things that are fun and clean. The world tells us that we want the garbage of pornography in our lives. The human body is too beautiful to disrespect in such a way. The cost of a moment of pleasure could be a lifetime of regret. True happiness is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in the family. That happiness lasts for eternity. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Brad
Modesty is incredibly important in the world today. It is not archaic. Maybe I'm crazy, but I really don't like seeing people dressed in revealing or sensual styles. Its degrading to both genders and leads to inappropriate thoughts. Look at any line on your computer screen. Whether you realized it or not, you will almost always follow it with your eyes. The same with the way we dress. Thoughts lead to actions, our actions determine who we are. Immodesty is the beginning of a path that leads to a degraded self image and worth. I think that it is important for youth of today to realize the importance of modesty. The best example of modesty should be coming from their parents, unfortunately, in this society that is becoming much less common. Frankly its disgusting. No one wants to see that. Many see our bodies as a canvas, something to display and to decorate. The truth of the matter is that it is already the finished masterpiece. We cover it, so it is not abused or misused, we do not need to pierce or tattoo it. God created our bodies, and we need to cherish them, no matter how we see them; it is how He sees us that matters. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Brad
First and foremost, in Jesus Christ, He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He is the Messiah, long foretold by the prophets, and He will come again in glory to fulfill the covenants He made with ancient Israel, and to the whole world. I also want to approach this question a little differently than most. We must also have faith in ourselves. Before you say that ol' Brad is self-centered and vain, hear me out. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can make it through this life. But we need to follow Him. If we believe that we are not going to make it at the end, we have nothing to push ourselves forward. Believing in Him, is believing that we can change and follow His example. We need to believe that we can do all that He said we can. We need to believe that we are capable of loving our neighbors, and forgiving those who hurt us. We need to believe that we have worth to Him, and that we can become who He wants us to be. Ultimately faith we have in ourselves should be pointed in what Jesus Christ believes about us. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Brad
Jesus Christ is the Universal Savior. He died for the sake of all existence, without His sacrifice, the universe as we know it would have been created in vain. That's some pretty heavy food for thought. If it weren't for this single event, we would all be lost. Salvation comes in, and only through Jesus Christ, the Living God. We need a Savior, because our Heavenly Father wants us to return to His presence to enjoy the blessings of eternal life. In order to do that, we need to be spotless, pure, and clean. It doesn't take long to make a mistake. That's just reality. Infants are the only perfect ones and, that's really only because they aren't capable of doing much. I haven't met anyone around here yet who hasn't broken one of the commandments of God. If you know someone who has, please introduce them to me. This is where Jesus comes in. Being the Son of God, He was able to do the impossible. He made no mistakes. Not one. Because of His clean record, He could pay for our debt. He bled from every pore, felt the most intense agony (physically and emotionally) any Being could ever feel. He felt the effect of every decision we ever made, or were effected by. He felt the pains of genocide, and the guilt that those who caused it should have felt. He felt the loneliness of betrayal, and of losing those you love. In short, He felt it all. He pressed through it all, and rose from the dead. Because of that, all of us can enjoy that blessing and return to God. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Brad
I know more than I know anything else in this world, that Jesus Christ appeared to the ancient Americans. The Book of Mormon is the record of these people, and gives us an eyewitness of the Saviors time spent with them. He called men to hold the same positions as the men in the Middle East. He healed the sick, He blessed their children, He taught them His gospel and commandments. The knowledge of this visit, has given me increased hope and love for Jesus Christ. I await His coming, and I want to see for myself the same things those people saw when He ministered to them. I look forward to the day when I can feel the prints of the nails in His hands, and thrust my hand into His side. I know the Savior loves us, and that He lives! He has been seen of many, and will yet return in glory to fulfill all the promises of the Father. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Brad
Because I was a missionary, I feel that I have some entitlement to answering this question. Each missionary has their own personal stories of sacrifice and devotion behind their desire to serve. One thing they have in common, is an individual commitment to and testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. I've met some who feel like we are trying to destroy the faith of others, or think that we are blind and brainwashed followers, trying to make others the same. Neither of these are true. We offer our message to those of every background, ethnicity, race, and belief. We teach of the truths we know. While missionaries leave challenges and invitations to act, what someone does with the information we give is up to them. We seek to build the faith of all mankind in the Savior. Our belief in priesthood authority is a driving factor into our proselyting. We have a bold claim, but sometimes bold is not bad. The Lord Himself made bold demands on His followers, and does today. We teach how people may return to God through living the gospel, including baptism by one called of God. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Brad
I'm a Mormon. Many of my family members are Mormons. You may not know it, but odds are you have family and friends who are Mormon too. We don't wear all black, have long neck-beards, we don't forbid electricity, and only have one wife. We are fairly normal on the outside, but it is what is within us that defines us as a people. We live higher standards than most. We are good neighbors, always willing to lend a hand. There are some who call themselves Mormons, who do not practice or live these standards. Do not judge them or the rest of us on that. Every person is at a different level in life and some have more work to do than others. We certainly are not perfect, and ask that you do not hold us to that. There are also splinter groups who take the name Mormon with them. Do not confuse us with them. They are not official members of the church, and their practices are not in harmony with our teachings or doctrine. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Brad
When I was young, I went on a hike through a slot canyon with some of the young men my age. There was a spot near the beginning, where we descended a steep path that weaved back and forth, like a stairway. Hiking trails are marked by small stacks of rocks, that were placed there by those who had hiked before. This path had many of these stacks all over. It was difficult to determine where the safe path truly went. Fortunately, we had a leader who was familiar with the path, and he knew which rocks were true path markers, and which were not. The moral of the story, is that there are so many paths today. All of them seem to lead us where we want to go, but there is only one tried and true path that safely leads there. Our leader knew which paths were correct; in a similar way, so does the prophet. The prophet reveals truth. Truth is eternal, and does not change with time or place. Many thought that they had found faster ways down the trail, and left their markers to lead you their way, but those ways were unsafe and perilous. There is only one strait and narrow path, and the prophet helps us see that. Show more Show less