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Hi I'm Brad Forsgren

I'm a husband and father of five. I graduated from Arizona State University. I develop commercial real estate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Whitney and I grew up only four miles from each other in Gilbert, AZ, but it was years later, on a college campus over 600 miles from home, that we first met. It's amazing how many people we knew in common without crossing paths earlier. It was with great effort and persuasion (and a little charm) on my part that Whitney eventually agreed to be my bride. We now have three sons and two daughters ranging in age from one to seven years old. Measured by family, I am a wealthy man. I graduated in accounting from Arizona State University, and my family currently enjoys a couple of season tickets to ASU football. Go Sun Devils! I also like rooting for the other hometown sports teams: the Suns, Cardinals and Diamondbacks. As a real estate developer, I work with an excellent team of individuals creating commercial retail shopping centers. In addition to the benefits the centers offer the community, I appreciate the opportunity to work with local business owners. While I am certainly no expert on the subjects, I love world and American history. I am thankful for the country I live in and the freedoms it offers. I am grateful to those, past and present, who defend our liberties. I am most grateful for a loving heavenly father who has provided a plan for my happiness. Through His son Jesus Christ we are free to make choices, be forgiven, and eventually return to live with God.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In fact, both my mom’s and dad's sides of the family have been members of the church for several generations. I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't believe Heavenly Father lives and loves me. I've had this testimony confirmed to me several times in my life, but one of the more memorable experiences came when my dad died. I was 14 years old. My dad and I had spent a Saturday morning working in the family garden and had just finished eating lunch together. My mom had taken two of my younger siblings to their soccer games, and my baby brother, the only other person at home, was asleep in the back bedroom. As my dad and I sat talking he unexpectedly passed out and never regained consciousness. I called emergency services and tried to resuscitate him myself without success. The weeks that followed were difficult, but I was comforted by an understanding of Christ’s role in our Heavenly Father’s plan. In a discouraging time several days after my father's death, I began writing in my journal that perhaps his death was my fault, and that if I had acted differently he might still be alive. The words I wrote betrayed the feelings of peace that had attended me since his death, and in that moment I felt rebuked and then loved. The Spirit communicated two truths to me. First my father's death was not my fault, and I knew it. Second, Heavenly Father loved me, and the current circumstances did not change what I knew to be true. God does live and love us. We are his children. He wants us to become like him that we might enjoy the life he enjoys. He invites each of us to seek Him. In doing so I know we will find happiness.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the 12-18 year old young men in our area. My role is to support parents in their responsibility to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of their sons. Heavenly Father loves and wants the best for each of these young men. I often teach lessons on Sundays, and I assist the youth in planning and executing weekly activities. Activities are planned around the specific needs and interests of the individual young men in the group. Activities might include camping, hiking, caving, swimming, water skiing, softball, basketball, professional sporting events, town council meetings, career nights, employment searches, education seminars, yard work and a variety of other service opportunities. Being together often and in a variety of settings gives us an opportunity to apply the things we learn on Sunday. The young men support each other in living principle based lives. My hope is to have some part in cultivating Christ-like husbands and fathers of the future.