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Hi I'm Brad

I work in product management & strategy and I coach competitive volleyball. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married to a wonderful wife and have 4 kids. We strive to build a strong family environment by spending time together and engaging in activities together. As my kids participate in sports, my wife and i get involved as much as possible. Volleyball seems to be the family sport mainly because I have coached for years and my wife played in college. Some of my richest experiences outside of the home have come from coaching competitive volleyball teams. It isn't the winning or losing that matters, its the positive impact on the players and their families. When we moved to Colorado, I decided to take up cycling and hiking. This summer, I logged my 10,000th mile on my bike. I am not fast, I just enjoy riding, especially when it is with good people.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a household where my parents were Mormon, but we didn't live the religion. There was alcohol, smoking, gambling and cussing in our home. We rarely went to church, but when we did, my dad never attended. I learned some of the basic principles of the gospel as a kid. At the age of 13, my young men's leader kept inviting me to attend the youth activities. I started attending and having fun. I started comprehending the gospel and thinking about how it applied to me. I attended several other religions (Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopal, Christian Science, Methodist, Presbyterian, and a couple other). I remember trying to focus on the spirit when I attended any church, so I could feel which of those churches was right. None of them gave me nearly the sweet, inner feeling that I felt in the Mormon church.

How I live my faith

In my many years of coaching volleyball, I have found that parents and players appreciate the values that I stress within the team. These values, such as clean speech, treat each other respect, no drugs or alcohol, love one another, are values that I learned over the years as a Mormon. Parents have told me that it is "refreshing" to have a coach with such strong values. This is more a compliment of my religion than it is of me. One of the questions I frequently get asked at work is, "How do I know what is right for me?" This is asked when friends are contemplating marriage, accepting a new job, moving or any other major crossroad one may face. These decisions are much simple to make if you are in tune with the Spirit. It shocks people to hear that I married my wife (over 20 years ago) without steady dating her. Through a long distance relationship, we became well acquainted. It was through prayer that I was able to make a sound decision. I know that prayer is very powerful. God wants us to be happy. He will help us if we ask and listen. I am proud to be a Mormon.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We give service to all people, regardless of religious affiliation. The church members donate billions of dollars that are used to assist people throughout the world. Recently, one of my colleagues at work had her husband admitted to the hospital. She was struggling as she supported him while maintaining the household of four kids. One day, I asked her how she was doing and she broke into tears. She needed help. So, I made three phone calls to some Mormon friends and had arranged dinners for the next few nights for her and her family. My colleague and her family were total strangers to those who delivered dinners. Yet, when I asked my Mormon friends to deliver dinner, they were eager to offer service to help, no matter who it was. Show more Show less