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Hi I'm Brad

I grew up in a small town in Nevada. I work in the mining industry and enjoy flying radio control airplanes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband of and a father of two. My wife and I have been married for over 25 years and loved raising our children together. I have degrees in mining engineering and computer science and have been employed in the mining industry for over 30 years. As part of my employment, my wonderful wife and I have had the opportunity to travel to various places throughout the world including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Central and South America, and the United States. I enjoy meeting people of all cultures and experiencing the wonderful diversity that exists on this beautiful earth. I am a private pilot and revel in anything that flies. I participate in a local radio control airplane club and am building and learning to fly all types of m model airplanes from aerobatic sport aircraft to warbirds. I like helping and serving others through church and community service.

Why I am a Mormon

My family began to attend the Mormon Church when I was about eleven years old. My parents actively taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in our home to my brothers and me and we gained an appreciation for the scriptures and the principles taught. Although I believed the teachings of the gospel, when I moved away from home and started university, I did not attend church meetings for several years. It wasn't until I met my wife-to-be, also raised in the Church, that her light and and example helped to rekindle a desire in me to become reacquainted with the gospel. What I have come to know through my study and prayer is that all mankind are children of a loving Heavenly Father, and He wants us to return to live with Him again someday. But I know that I am imperfect; I have not lived a life free of sin. However, the scriptures say that we must be perfect to return to live with Him. What to do? The scriptures tells us the answer. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to this earth, lived a perfect life and took upon Himself the sins of the world. He suffered for all mankind and for me, personally. But to take advantage of this infinite atonement, there are conditions. First, I must have faith that Jesus truly is the Son of God and He died for me. Then, I must repent or turn away from my sins. And then, I must be baptized by one who has the authority of the priesthood. Jesus' apostles had the priesthood, or authority of God, but they did not ordain others with the fullness of the priesthood. So, as they died, the priesthood was taken from the earth. I am a Mormon because this is where I have found the priesthood authority to have been restored to the earth. Consequently, I can be baptized by one who has authority and be cleansed from sin, fulfilling the conditions of returning to live with Heavenly Father as defined in the scriptures.

How I live my faith

Service to others is the example set by Jesus while he was on the earth. In my view, nothing is more humbling and brings me more joy than being able to help someone in need. The Church provides wonderful opportunities for me to serve. Currently, I serve in the Church by organizing the men in our congregation to assist others who are in need. This service includes helping people move, visiting people each month in their home to assess needs and provide help, teach gospel lessons on Sundays, and instruct people how to identify their ancestors and perform genealogical research. I am also able to serve in the temple where additional gospel ordinances are performed. I also serve in the community through various service projects organized by other members of our congregation, my employer and clubs in which I participate. After all Jesus has done for me, the least I can do is serve others.