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Hi I'm Brad

I am a husband of 28 years, father, physician, and a Bishop. I cycle, golf, hike, run, love the outdoors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family in California (USA). Although we did not have a lot of money, I have fond memories of many family activities. When I was a teenager we moved from our little town in California to an Air Force base in the Philippines and this was an amazing experience for me. I saw poverty first hand, but despite this, the people were kind and generous. I gained a greater understanding for people of different cultures and races. One day while in high school in the Philippines, in 1975, the school was closed and all the students spent the next several days helping set up tents and caring for the thousands of refugees fleeing South Vietnam. We also helped care for the hundreds of orphans evacuated when that country fell. This service left a lasting impression on me. After high school, back in the USA, I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. With urging, I took a class at a small local college. I had a remarkable teacher who cared more about his students than chemistry. I learned to believe in myself and gained the confidence I could actually do well in school. From this start, I went on to a major university and then to medical school. I love helping people as a medical doctor, but my greatest joy has been as a husband and father. I have been married to my sweetheart for 28 years, we have raised three wonderful kids, and now have a new grandson.

Why I am a Mormon

From a young age I was taught to follow the teachings of Jesus. The LDS church has always taught me to live a christian life with Jesus Christ at the center. These teachings have remained the same even as society has turned away from many of these values. In addition, I have learned how to be a better husband and father. When I was 19 years old I thought about serving a two year mission for my church. I would, with the help of my family, have to pay all the associated costs. I would also have to postpone college for two years. This caused me to spend a lot of time reflecting on how important my faith and God was to me. I felt I needed to know from my Heavenly Father, first hand, if he was there, knew who I was, and if serving a mission was what he wanted me to do . Through personal study and prayer, I did get answers to my prayers. It is hard to describe the feelings I felt when I came to know that I did have a Father in Heaven who was aware of me and had a purpose for my life.

How I live my faith

From the days of being a young man serving a mission in western Australia, I have tried to serve God. To me, this means helping others no matter who they are or what they may believe. So not only have I served in many capacities in my church, I have also served along side many wonderful people in my community. One of the things I look forward to, in the coming years, is using my medical training to help in third world countries. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has never been a Sunday only religion. Sometimes it can be hard, but as we align our lives with the way Christ wants us to live, we find true peace and happiness despite what may be going on around us. I believe that God wants us to be happy and return to him with our families. He has provided a way for us to accomplish this. He has established a church with a living prophet just as in times past.