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Hi I'm Brad Barlow

I am a husband, father of five daughters, an Emergency Doctor - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of five daughters and I love being a dad. Our girls all seem to like mom and dad's bathroom best even though there are two other fine options in the house. They tell me that I will be given a special bathroom in heaven as a reward for my sacrifice in this life. I am married to Angela and and I am even more in love now than I was when we were married in 1988. She remains my best friend and counselor. We both grew up in Bountiful, Utah and attended the same elementary, middle school, and high school but didn't meet until college. I am a board certified Emergency Physician. I live in Fruitland, Idaho and practice in a hospital four miles away in Ontario, Oregon. My undergraduate and medical school training took place at the University of Utah and emergency medicine residency at Butterworth Hospital - Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am passionate about good music. Sting and Mark Knopfler are among my favorite artists, but I enjoy music from a variety of genres including classical, choral, country, and anything else that is truly artistic. I find music to be among life's greatest pleasures. l also enjoy participating in triathlons, wakeboarding, snowboarding, skiing, golfing, hiking, camping, reading, and cooking and being with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Living the best I can, according to the teachings of the gospel makes me happy. I suppose that for me it is really that simple. I have seen over time how life's choices have long-term consequences both positive and negative. I have learned from personal experience that the gospel of Jesus Christ asks us to stretch ourselves, to do hard things, to make sacrifices that often go against our natural inclinations. The result, however, is personal growth and happiness whereas always living to satisfy the urges of the moment tends to have the opposite effect over time. This is much like exercise in my life. My body doesn't always feel like swimming, or running or riding the bike, but I always feel better once I have exercised. More importantly, the positive long-term effect on my health is potentially great. I believe in absolute truth. To me, truth is not fluid and changing but is constant and immovable. Consider the earth that we live on. For years it was thought to be flat. We now know it to be spherical. Former beliefs did not change the reality or truth of its physical nature. So it is with all truth, it ours to discover and can be found in a variety of disciplines of study. Science, religion, mathematics, philosophy, all of these are engaged in the pursuit of truth. I believe that in the end will come to understand that all truth is understood by God and that there will be no contradiction between science and religion. I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ as He established it and then restored it in our day is absolute truth.

How I live my faith

That is the challenging part isn't it? I have a goal to try to see people as Jesus Christ would see them. That is not easy and I don't do a great job at it yet. In the end, however, I believe that this will be the most important aspect of our personal faith - not what positions of leadership etc. we hold, but how well did we learn to love others? I have served in several leadership positions in the church including Bishop and Stake President. I also served a mission in Southern Peru, Arequipa mission, for two years during 1984-1986. I served in Puno, Cuzco, Mollendo, Tacna, and Arequipa. My time was spent teaching the gospel to Peruvians and teaching other missionaries.