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Hi I'm Brad

I'm a grandpa, I play harmonica, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired elementary school teacher. I continue to substitute and to volunteer in classrooms throughout my old district. I am also retired from the US Navy Reserve. I am a cubmaster and a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America, and I volunteer weekly with the US National Park Service at a nearby national monument. My greatest worldly possession is my family, which is spread across ten time zones and three continents. My wife and I will celebrate 40 years of marriage in 2014. Now a naturalized citizen of the United States, she is originally from South America. She finds joy in her career as a free-lance interpreter. Our every-day lives will be suspended this summer when we begin a twelve-month full-time mission for our church in the country of Mexico.

Why I am a Mormon

 Those familiar with the Utah drawl will understand when I say I was “barn in Utah” as a fourth-generation member of the LDS Church. As a child I inherited from my parents an understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of His church. I did not, however, inherit my testimony of their truthfulness. That I received later, as an adult. I thoroughly enjoyed growing up in the Mormon culture, but as the time approached for me to consider going on a mission, I balked. Before attempting to invite others to accept my church as the only true church, I needed to know to my core that I was doing the right thing. I spent several months in study and prayer, but didn’t seem to be gaining the conviction I sought. I went faithfully through the preliminary steps of submitting an application for a mission and interviewing with my bishop, but still was not firm enough in my testimony to dare to tell another person, “This is what you must do to truly know Christ.” I promised myself that even though I was going through the steps, I would decline a mission call if I did not absolutely know that the church and its teachings were true. Joyfully, before I received my call I did in fact have an intimate - and for me an undeniable - spiritual confirmation. That removed all doubt, and filled me with enthusiasm to share the gospel message and the Church of Jesus Christ. I completed my formal two-year mission, and continue these decades later in the universal mission of strengthening the Lord's Kingdom.  

How I live my faith

Every day there are opportunities to reach out to friends and neighbors. I try to recognize those opportunities and respond to them. In my prayers, I ask that I might see people as Heavenly Father sees them, so that I might treat them as He would want me to. I pray that I might know the truth of things, so that I might serve in those causes that promote His purposes. I write letters to the editor and to local and national leaders on issues affecting health, education, and families. I volunteer weekly with the Boy Scouts and with two elementary schools. I have participated in community clean-up days with Mormon Helping Hands. I am modestly engaged politically. I walk my precinct and I attend rallies and demonstrations in support of issues that I feel promote the family and self-reliance. For the 2013-14 school year, my wife and I will be missionaries for the church in Mexico.