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Hi I'm Brad

I'm highly competitive and a bit sarcastic. I'm a Kindle-enthusiast. I'm a husband and father of three, and...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as one of six children in Arizona. Being one of six meant that I had to fight for everything, even dinner. Some of that tenacity spilled over into my life outside the home. I've always loved competition and participated in all types of sports growing up. Since being forced into early retirement after a completely unheralded high school career, I've focused some of my competitive fire on board games. My wife can attest to this as there was a period in time when we couldn't play a game on opposite teams without it ending in a spat (I've subsequently matured). When I'm not rooting on my favorite team or challenging someone to a meaningless competition, I have a career as a commercial mortgage broker. It's a challenging industry and very fulfilling. I had an opportunity to spend time in Japan, both as a volunteer missionary and as a professional working at a Japanese bank. Living in that great country and getting to know the people and culture gave me a completely different perspective on life. It also gave me a new perspective on food. I still salivate when I think about Japanese ramen. I have been happily married for over eight years. My wife and three little ones mean everything to me. Spending time with my little family has now passed reciting obscure sports trivia as my favorite pastime.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon faith. That, however, is not the reason I'm a practicing Mormon today. I'm a Mormon because of personal revelation. I've received a witness for myself that this is Christ's church, that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the words of God, that there is a prophet today, and that we can each receive that confirmation. That's the beauty of the gospel; it comes with a guarantee. Anyone who seeks out the truth in faith, and asks God will receive a personal witness of its truthfulness. I still remember vividly a time as a teenager when I was singing a hymn following a youth outing and I had an overwhelming feeling of peace and warmth come over me and I knew in that moment with absolute certainty that Jesus was and is the Christ, that the blessings of the Atonement are available to a sinner like me, and that this is His restored church. Time after time, particularly when I need it most, Heavenly Father has blessed me with a confirming witness. Now that I have children, I feel I understand a little more about the love a father has for his child. It only makes sense that our Heavenly Father would want for us to obtain joy and happiness more perfectly and more fully than even I want my for my children. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides that plan for happiness. Having that in my life and the life of my family brings joy, peace, and comfort. I encourage anyone interested in finding that peace and comfort in their life, to test God at his word. Go to an LDS church meeting, talk to the missionaries, read the scriptures, pray, etc. Don't just take my word for it; try it out yourself. My testimony of the gospel is my most prized possession.

How I live my faith

The chance to associate with so many talented, committed, motivated, and friendly people at church is unique. I've had opportunities to serve in different capacities at church and currently work with 11-year old Boy Scouts. It's way more fun than I could have ever imagined. It may be too fun, as my wife notices that I act like an 11-year old after spending time at Scout activities. The boys teach me a lot about sincerity, courage, honesty, and candidness. Previously I've had the chance to work with the young men ages 12-18. There is nothing more rewarding for me than seeing the impact a dedicated and engaged adult leader can have on a teenager. I'm also involved with a non-profit organization that builds houses in Mexico each year for those in need. I'm touched by the dedication of both the volunteers who sacrifice time, money, etc over the holidays to make it happen and the recipients of the homes. They are wonderful examples of humility and gratitude, two traits that I need to develop.