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Hi I'm Brad

I am a husband, father, and college teacher. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love going to work each day to teach Personal Finance and Economics at a local community college, and I also author on-line supplements for business texts. My first, last and only wife, Yolanda, is from the Philippines. She is beautiful ebony, and I am kind-of-pale ivory. Our roots are from China, Polynesia, England, France, and Russia. Even though we are empty-nesters, my most important job is still being a dad and grandpa. I love to snow ski - even in Iowa.

Why I am a Mormon

I was looking for a church - or religion - or stability - or something to believe in that would give my life direction as a 17-year-old. I visited several churches, and one church in particular stood out as a place where I felt comfortable and accepted. Poor/rich/white/black/hispanic kids - it didn't matter. They were wholesome and lots of fun. I enjoyed that atmosphere so much I would often hitchhike 20 miles to church or to an activity. I also saw in my friend's families a closeness that made their homes warm and friendly. My father also recognized the goodness he saw in Mormon families, and was supportive when I decided to take the lessons. I spoke with the missionaries and attended church as often as I could. I learned in a personal way about Jesus Christ and His Atonement and what my purpose is in this life. What I learned made sense to my heart and to my head, and I was baptized. I know that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are testimonies of Jesus Christ. I know that God answers prayers. I know that Christ is God's son and my Savior. I enjoy being a Mormon. I remember the day in 1977 that I learned the truth about God's plan of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going after we die with just as much clarity as I remember the events of 9/11. After meeting with the missionaries one evening, I had whole new understanding of my relationship to God. I received an answer to a sincere question that I had, which was clarified through both Bible and Book of Mormon teachings. Namely, what happens to the billions of people who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ? Would a loving Heavenly Father eternally condemn billions of his children because they did not live in a time or place where they could learn of Christ? The answer is "no." Heavenly Father's plan of happiness is one of love. That was the turning point when I understood in my head and heart God's infinite love for all mankind.

How I live my faith

When I have a continual, ongoing, daily relationship with God through reading the scriptures and prayer, then I am a better husband and father. When I strive to do my "imperfect best" and stay fit, then everything else falls into place.

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

Throughout history, God has chosen prophets, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others, to teach the gospel and direct His Church (Amos 3:7). It is no different today. We all need God’s guidance in a world that is sometimes confusing. Because God loves His children, He continues to send living prophets. Joseph Smith (1805–44) was the first prophet of our time. Thomas S. Monson is God’s chosen prophet today. Just as God led the Israelites out of slavery and to a better place through His prophet Moses, He leads His children today to live happier and more peaceful lives by providing guidance we need today through His living prophet. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Official Church Answer The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less