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Hi I'm Brad

Convert at 18. I am a dad, a husband and Adventure Travel is my "profession." I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Missouri, the middle of three sons all raised my a single mom. I joined the church my senior year of high school. A year went by and I was called to serve a mission in Resistencia, Argentina. I met my beautiful bride just days after coming home from my mission. Marrying her was the most important thing I've ever done. I have five incredible children. A perfect baby boy who passed away when he was born and now three daughters and one son. Studying Marketing at both University of Utah and Eastern Washington University, my focus became Search Engine Optimization and Marketing. After a few years of trying to find a niche in this focused field...adventure travel curiously crept into our life. A few more years went by and now I'm the Director for a company voted Best Tour Operator in the World by Travel + Leisure and National Geographic magazines.

Why I am a Mormon

"Have you ever prayed?" A humble question presented to me when I was 18 years old. Sitting on a couch, looking back at Elders (Green and Bell) I nervously shook my head no. "Don't worry. We'll teach you." The truth is, they were the only excited people in this exchange. They gave me a book, asked me to read a chapter and I committed...my life is about to drastically change. After a late night out with friends, I walked into my room with "The Book of Mormon" on my bed. I told them I'd read the chapter so I grudgingly picked it up and began. Not two sentences in, I knew something was different. It was real, it was true. Without finishing the chapter I called the Elders, 1 o'clock in the morning, to see when we were meeting again because I couldn't grasp the feelings I was receiving. Nothing was more true, nothing was so clear. I was baptized a few weeks later. I'm a Mormon for many reasons. I'm a Mormon because when my little Bridger passed away, I knew without a doubt he was forever my son, my family. I'm a Mormon because it makes me a better person, it gives me light and understanding, it helps me testify of eternal families, it allows me blessings from the Priesthood, it gives me opportunities to serve and grow. I'm a Mormon because the moment I began to read that book some 15+ years ago, my heart changed and nothing in this world can contradict the personal, spiritual answer I received.

How I live my faith

Over the years I've served in many capacities (callings). "Callings" help the church run...you can accept a calling or not...it's up to you. Could be Sunday School Teacher, could be Choir Director, could be Boy Scout Master, could be a Bishop, could be Building Cleaning Supervisor, could be Ward Employment Specialist...there are many callings to make the church run. All are voluntary but all are vital in the work of the Lord. My calling right now, Counselor to the Mission President, is a wonderful calling and opportunity. It's often very taxing going out visiting and training people throughout the entire Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Region but the blessings from serving are completely transparent in our family. It's amazing when you have a good structure and plan in place in your life, how much "free time" you actually have. More importantly, it's incredible how you fall in love with the people you serve and how they can fall in love with a young man trying to follow the spirit and do the best I can do. Mostly, it helps me understand our nature and true relationship with each other. We are brothers and sisters. Serving allows me to take a personal interest in their eternal success...which is very personal to me. I'm so grateful for the callings in the church and how it tests me, pushes me, and strengthens my family and faith.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Brad
This one was tough when I was investigating the church. What I've learned is that a "testimony" is really a personal confirmation that something spiritual is true. This confirmation comes differently to many people...could be a butterfly feeling in your stomach, could feel like a light bulb just turned on in your head, could be a warm, comforting feeling, could be many things...in the end however, a confirmation of truth is personal to each individual, BUT remember, confirmations are received by the Holy Ghost. For example: does the Holy Ghost need to confirm to you that 2 plus 2 equals 4? No, of course not. However, to really "know" if Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world...you need the Holy Ghost to give you a spiritual witness (or confirmation) that it is true. Once you receive the confirmation in your own personal way...a testimony is born. I receive confirmation from the spirit by pondering, fasting and praying about the question I have. I know Heavenly Father listens to me...no matter how trivial my questions are. More importantly however, I know Heavenly Father wants me to have (and everyone in the world) a testimony in His gospel and His Son...and He wants you to know that He listens and answers prayers because you are His son or daughter. I invite you to pray and listen to the Spirit to receive a personal confirmation of the truths spoken of on this website. I promise you to that you'll receive an answer and your own "testimony" will be born. Show more Show less