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Hi I'm Brad

I'm a Utah native, an LDS seminary teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, let me share with you a few of the things that I love. I love music; listening to music, playing the drums, guitar, and piano. If you've ever heard the 'hit' single "She's going on a mission" on you-tube, you have heard of my primitive drumming abilities. Golf, ping-pong, tennis, basketball, and any other recreational sport are somethings I always love to do with friends. I love to be with friends & family and spend time with them. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the green and pleasant land of England. I am a recent college graduate, with a degree in MIS, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been raised to believe in God and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although it wasn't until I was a teenager that I began to really think seriously about the things which I had been taught my whole life. I had always believed but I didn't always know why I did. So I decided to prepare to serve a full-time mission for the church. I did not realize the great and continous blessings that would come from this. It was there that I came to know on a much more personal level that Jesus Christ is my personal Saviour. That the worth of every soul on the earth is of such great worth to Him. I have come to know that the Book of Mormon goes hand in hand with the bible in proclaiming the gospel of Christ. The Book of Mormon stands as a true testimony of the reality that Christ lives. It is a witness that Joseph Smith was inspired by God to help restore the same church which was established by Jesus when He was upon the earth. I know by personal revelation that these things are true and that anyone can gain this same knowledge if they so desire. I find lasting peace of mind knowing who I am, why I am here, and knowing God's plan for me. I have found joy beyond compare through Christ and life in His service. I know that He lives and that is why I am a Mormon, that's why I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

Life in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a tremendous blessing. My faith is fairly simple, and constantly growing. Most importantly, I make an effort to live my faith through how I live everyday. Trying to love others as Christ would and letting His light work through me as an instrument in His hands. Throughout the week, I will meet with members of our church and we will all discuss the scriptures and participate in a variety of fun activities such as volleyball, dodge ball, or other games. Within the church I teach a lesson once a month from the scriptures to help members better understand and rely upon the Lord Jesus Christ. I attend an Institute of religion as often as I can to better understand the scriptures much better and how I can personally deepen my discipleship to Christ. I strive to search the scriptures daily so that I can come to know God better. I frequently go to the temple which is the House of God, to worship Him there.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brad
Do Mormon's believe that you are saved by grace? YES!! The real question is not IF we are saved by Christ's grace but HOW. Divine grace is necessary in consequence of the fall of Adam and also because of man's weaknesses and shortcomings. On our own, we are sinners and miserable forever! (2 Nephi 2:5 & Ephesians 2:9). Paul taught in Ephesians 2:8 'For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God'. So grace is a free gift in the sense that it is provided by the grace of God through the Atonement of Christ for all who will receive it. It is not free in the sense that it is given to all regardless of what they believe or how they choose to live their lives. Lehi a Book of Mormon prophet also taught, ‘There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah’ (2 Nephi 2:8). So HOW are we saved by grace? The Book of Mormon teaches, 'for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do’ (2 Nephi 25:23, see also Mat. 7:21-27, James 2:17-19, and Alma 24:11). It's like two sides to a coin, or two blades of a pair of scissors, both grace and works are necessary. The parable of the vine in John 15:1-12 illustrates this doctrine very well. Simply stated, the prophet Joseph Smith taught that "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel" (see Article of Faith #3). Show more Show less