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Hi I'm Bradley Duane Bonar III

I grew up in Sacramento, California. I'm a husband, a college student, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in California. In high school I was involved in Band 3 years, Choir 1 year, and Drama 3.5 years. I was outgoing and tried to be a good friend to the people around me. When I was 17 I made the decision to serve a mission for the LDS church. I felt that the best way to prepare myself to be a good husband and father in the future would be to spend two years serving others. After returning home I started college in 2009 and I'll be getting my degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management and a minor in Economics. I met my wife my first semester of college and after a year of dating we were married in April 2010.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I'm a Mormon isn't because I was raised in the church. Throughout my early teens I had a lot of doubts about the church and God in general. I wondered whether God was really there. I never tried to find out for myself if any of the things I was learning on Sunday and at home were true. I had lived my early years taking other people's word for it. The summer after my Junior year of high school I had the opportunity to go on a "youth trek". Many of the youth from the local congregations went up into the California mountains, along with youth leaders who had planned the whole trip, and we dressed up as our pioneer ancestors from the 1800s and hiked along some of the trails created by the Mormon Battalion. We pulled all our supplies for the 4 day trip in handcarts as we went went along. It was on this trip that I had a profound spiritual experience that led me to know that Heavenly Father was indeed there, and He cared very deeply for me. Up to that point in time I had never felt anything like I felt on that trek in the mountains. It was completely overwhelming as I felt both comfort and love from Heavenly Father, but also was given a stern warning not to betray the feelings I had that day. On that trip I decided I would do whatever I could to help other people feel the same love and comfort I had felt that day in the mountains. I began preparing to serve a full-time mission so that I could help bring the Gospel of Christ to those who lacked the knowledge that the fullness of the Gospel had been restored on the earth. Since then I have continued trying every day to be a disciple of Christ. I know that I'm not perfect, but I know that I don't have to be. What is important is that I strive every day to show my faith in Christ. As I have done that, I have felt ever closer to my Savior and I know that I am on the right path to be able to live with Heavenly Father again one day. These experiences and my testimony of Christ are the reason I'm a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

I've spent time as a youth adviser to the 14 and 15 year old young men in my congregation. I spend Sunday School with them and also meet with them on Tuesdays for activities, lessons, and service opportunities. My wife and I welcome opportunities to serve the members of our congregation as well as our friends and family. Because we don't yet have children yet, we like to take the opportunity to babysit for our friends who do when they need the help. We pray as a family almost every day and attend church on Sunday and do our best to be kind to everyone we meet.