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Hi I'm Brad

I serve in the United States Army, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am married to my high school sweetheart. This year we will be married 20 years. We were married in the Las Vegas temple. I still remember flying there with my bride and people teasing us about eloping. Seeing my bride across the altar is one of my sweetest memories. We have four wonderful, intelligent, beautiful children. It's challenging but the sweet moments of peace make it worth it. I currently serve in the US Army as an officer in Field Artillery. It's a second career and quite a change from my previous job in Information Technology.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon by my parents who are both converts to the Church. I grew up in the church and attended church regularly with my family. Growing up in a conservative household had its challenges and for a while I questioned what I was taugh to embrace. I started attending seminary when I started high school but really didn't like early mornings. I began to notice, however, that each day I went to seminary was different than the days I didn't go to seminary. For reasons I couldn't explain I was happier with myself. I began to see the intrinsic relationship between knowing which path to walk and choosing for yourself to stay on that path because it is truly beneficial. I really owe a lot to my parents and youth leaders for keeping me on the path through my youth.

How I live my faith

I have served in the Church in several capacities, from working with the 12-13 year olds or 14-15 year-old young men, to Cubmaster to Scoutmaster. All have been rewarding experiences. I try to focus on my purpose with God each day and place a lot of importance on living what I say I believe instead of forcing it on others. I really don't like to push my beliefs on anyone. My example and behavior will speak for itself anyway. Whatever I do or fail to do will be how I represent my faith. That comes with honesty, loyalty to my wife and children and ability to keep the codes or commandments I said I would. When people ask about my beliefs I am very happy to talk about them with others, and enjoy talking about why faith in Jesus Christ is the most important thing we will ever have.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is really a compilation of author's writings from around the time of the Tower of Babel until about 425 AD. Mormon (died around 425AD) had the job of compiling sets of writings that had been collected for years by religious and civil leaders. He read through the records and, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, transcribed what he read into what we call The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon establishes the Doctrines of Christ, principles of faith, repentance and obedience and trust in God as a way to eternal salvation. It contains stories of families and civic and political strifes alike. It also contains a record of when Christ visited the Americas after his death in Jerusalem and resurrection on the third day. The Book of Mormon is a must read. I read the Book of Mormon because it makes me a better person. It keeps me centered. Show more Show less