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Hi I'm Brad

I'm a triathlete. I'm average. I fly airplanes. I love Jesus. I'm in finance. I am LDS.

About Me

When I started running and riding my bike when I was a kid, I felt a freedom that I could not attain otherwise. I felt like I was accomplishing something. After awhile, I actually started to notice a difference in my physical appearance that astounded me. I found out that I could ride far, and run far without needing to stop. This encouraged me to see just how far I could go, and I kept reaching for more. Years later, in the working world, I strive to be the best person I can be. The strength I gained in my young now fills me to the core. Every thing I do, I do with passion. If I am not doing something, it's because I am not passionate about it. But everything I do is 100% me. I own it. I love it. Not pridefully, but gratefully trying to be the best I can be so others around me can enjoy themselves. I enjoy making my clients happy. I enjoy being the person a friend can talk to. I enjoy it because it is service to them. I can use talents I have been given to increase the happiness in others. Ultimately, I may never be the astronaut a little boy once wanted to be, but I can be the insturment God intended me to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am LDS. When I was 8, I learned about Jesus and His atonement, or sacrifice for my sins that allow me the opportunity to meet my Heavenly Father again. I never let go of that belief that He died for me. That without His sacrifice, I could not be welcome again in the presence of God. I lived a life of trials, and strive until I was 30, at which time I had been fully prepared to receive that truth that God wants me to live with Him again. The truth that I can have the Holy Spirit to rest within me, to hear the prompting of the Spitit to keep me safe made sense. I recognized that I had been saved a few times to get to this point by the grace of that Spirit, by seeing visions of the outcome of a decision before it happened. This, coupled with the fact that we are allowed to worship Himm how we chose made me feel He is a true and loving God. I am Mormon because being anything else would not allow me to fulfill His will for me as a child of God. I can serve with righteousness now, and help all that seek Him find the path to that same happiness means everything to me. I hope everyday that I can please Him and hear one day, "well done, thou good and faithful servant."

How I live my faith

I will be the first to admit I do not read the scriptures the way that has been taught to me in the short time I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-Day Saints, but in my heart I am a child of God, as we all are. I serve my community by looking to serve others in my Church and those outside. I change flats for people on the road, I try to set the example by obeying all laws and by loving my neighbor. I abstain from things that would seek to pull me away from family. I love to offer prayer when called upon, because it gives me a chance to communicate with my Father in heaven and serve others. I do all the things any good person would do, and I give God all the credit for things I have done. I could do nothing if it were not given to me to do it by the gift of God.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Official Church Answer President Gordon B. Hinckley, prior president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the following statement in 2005 about Joseph Smith: “We do not worship [Joseph Smith] the Prophet. We worship God our Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ. But we acknowledge the Prophet; we proclaim him; we respect him; we reverence him as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty in restoring to the earth the ancient truths of the divine gospel, together with the priesthood through which the authority of God is exercised in the affairs of His Church and for the blessing of His people” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Joseph Smith Jr.—Prophet of God, Mighty Servant,” Ensign, Dec 2005, 2–6). Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Official Church Answer As you learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ, you may experience feelings of peace, comfort, or happiness. Some have expressed that they feel a familiarity with the truths they are being taught and feel as though they are coming home. You are feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost telling you that what you are learning is true. If you have a desire to follow Christ’s teachings and obey His commandments, you are first encouraged to participate in a series of discussions that will introduce you to basic principles of His gospel. Then, when you are ready, you can become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by receiving the ordinance of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins by one having authority who after the baptism lays their hands upon your head, confirms you a member of the Church and then pronounces a blessing upon you that you may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (see Acts 8:18-20). If you would like to receive a visit from Church representatives who can tell you more about becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Click Here. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Official Church Answer Throughout time, God has given His servants, the prophets, the authority to act in His name. This authority is called the priesthood. Jesus Christ gave the priesthood to His original Twelve Apostles by ordination (see John 15:16), and they directed the work of His Church after Jesus ascended to heaven. But after the Apostles were killed, the priesthood gradually disappeared from the earth. In 1829 Joseph Smith received the priesthood authority to organize Christ’s Church from Heavenly Messengers who had held this authority anciently including the prophet John the Baptist and apostles Peter, James, and John. In 1830 the same Church of Jesus Christ that existed centuries ago was organized and restored to the earth. The priesthood has two divisions. The lesser priesthood is called the Aaronic Priesthood, named after Aaron in the Old Testament. It includes the authority to preach the gospel of repentance and to baptize. The greater priesthood is called the Melchizedek Priesthood, named after Melchizedek in the Old Testament. It includes the authority to preside over the Church and to perform all ordinances, including giving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Official Church Answer To have faith is to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (see Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1). Each day you act upon things you hope for, even before you see the end result. This is similar to faith. Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him. It is a principle of action and power. The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you. Show more Show less