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Hi I'm Brad.

I'm a father, husband, English teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 15 years and we have 4 children ranging from 14 years old to 5 years old. We love our family and our life together though it seems impossible to stay on top of things--work, piano lessons, soccer, baseball, theater, and church activities.  I am a teacher by trade and have been teaching high school English for 20 years. During my ever shrinking free-time I enjoy watching and playing sports, especially golf, playing with my kids, reading, and just hanging out with my wife. Nothing helps me let off steam like taking a long run with my Ipod and some good tunes.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this church has provided the answers to my most difficult questions. One of those questions was "is God really aware of our suffering?" At 11 years old, my parents divorced, I lost my best friend, and my mother left the Church. It was truly a crossroads for me. I chose to put God to the test and see whether following the tenets I had been taught all my life could sustain me. I had never been the kind of person who could rely on someone else to tell me what is true. I had to learn for myself. Through prayer, pondering, and study, the Spirit confirmed that somehow, amidst all of His millions of creations, God was aware of me. He gave me peace when I needed it. Since that time, I have learned again and again that when I draw near to the Lord, he draws near unto me. The heavens are not silent as so many people on this earth believe. The idea that God is still speaking to mankind is something very real to me and, I believe, something that makes our faith unique in Christianity. As unlikely as it may seem, Mormons believe prophets are speaking to us today. I have been blessed in many ways by following modern prophets. We also believe that the Bible, though wonderful, isn't God's last word for His children. Mormonism has taught me to "seek and ye shall find." I still have many questions, but I feel I have found answers for many of the most difficult ones.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to build meaningful relationships with my family and in my community. With my wife, I try to instill the values of the Gospel--faith in our Heavenly Father and the Savior, prayer, scripture study, church attendance, etc.--in our home. Our family attends three hours of church every Sunday including a sacrament meeting and Sunday school. The other six days of the week, we do our best to practice what we learn on Sundays. Our family enjoys our Monday Family Home Evenings, scripture study, and family prayer. We also enjoy playing sports, singing karaoke at home, and cheering on our favorite American Idol contestants. In our community, my wife volunteers for our local arts council. I volunteer with the Cub Scouts and community sports programs for children. We take our religion very seriously, but we are also a typical family in most ways, trying to practice Christianity while contending with children who won't eat their vegetables, a lawn with too many dandelions, and a day without enough hours to accomplish what needs to be done. Most importantly, we love being together as a family and making our community a better place to live.