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Hi I'm Brad Nelson

I started building and running recreational vehicles as a teenager. I'm an engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family learning to serve and love one another while having alot of fun together as children, youth, and still as adults. As a teenager I rebuilt a VW engine in our garage and built a custom dune buggy that suprisingly ran quite well. Dad worked as an engineer and tutured my math skills through high school, which tutuoring I missed when I went away to study mechanical engineering at college. As a freshman in college, I took two years leave from under graduate studies and served a fulltime mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Southern California. After fulltime missionary service, I returned to mechanical engineering studies. I spent my summers as an engineering intern and one summer refurbished a travel trailer in my spare time. Just recently I refurbished an 18 foot Baja boat; including 140 hp Merc outboard rebuild, full fiberglass hull refurbishment, and new paint. I enjoy getting away now and then to pull my children and friends around the lake tubing or skiing and to feel the wind in my hair and the water spray in my face. My Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering provided opportunities to build things and provide for my family. I have been blessed with a devoted loving wife and three children. Recently I received a Master degree in Engineering Management Systems Engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

As a boy I was taught about Jesus by my family in the home. There were also teachers at church and friends that influenced the seeds of my faith. As my world expanded from elementary to Jr. high school, and then in to high school so did the temptations to pursue popularity. I learned after a couple years of selfish indulgence that my prideful pursuits had no lasting satisfaction or meaningful foundation to build on. I dated a girl that influenced me to want to be better, when I was seventeen; it was while I was at a youth fireside on a Sunday evening; sitting in the back of the chapel that I remember feeling the Holy Ghost, a comforting warmth, remind me that Jesus is the savior of the world. From then on I began to set my life straight with the Lord. My bishop helped me repent of the prideful damage I had done. It took some time but I felt like telling the world about the joy I felt in the Saviors redemption; so I tried. That joy and desire to share the goodness I feel has stayed with me as I have stived to learn, pray, worship, and embrace serving others. I have learned how to live by following the principles of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. They never let me down. Now I have been married twenty five years. I credit the success to embracing the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of living prophets. I look forward to His second coming with hope for eternal life with Him and my family. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because of the joy and happiness I feel in my Saviors love.

How I live my faith

I am involved in my community coaching two different youth teams; it is crazy and fun. My son is on both teams. One team is a neighborhood robotics team which challenges youth to create innovative solutions to real world issues. The other team is a tackle football team. I believe that true religion is to visit the widow and fatherless; to mourn with those that mourn, to bind up the broken heart, to serve others, to credit the Lord for all good in my life, and have fun while doing it. I have found no better organized and selfless organization, next to my family, that does more good than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have found it consistently that way in every place I have lived: Washington State, California, Utah, Michigan, and Arizona. I also participate actively in my local congregation/ward; trying to spread the love of God; treating others as I would like to be treated. I am the ward mission leader, which means I have the priveledge to organize and visit people with the fulltime missionaries in the area I live. We go and visit people one night a week almost every week. Our goal is to renew our faith together by teaching the principles of faith in Jesus Christ, hope, and charity. These young missionaries are the Lord's servants. They receive no monetary pay for the work they do; neither does anyone in my ward. We all enjoy the spiritual pay, which the Lord gives to those that serve and love Him. Why do I do it? For the hope that my neighbors will also enter in to the fulness of His joy. I am far from perfect but I hope to gain all the love and understanding that my Heavenly Father has to give; someday beyond the veil of this mortal life. For this reason I have made and strive to keep sacred covenants. The crowning covenant I made with my wife to the Lord was in the temple when we were married for time and all eternity. The spirit of the Lord whispers it is true so I'll keep following Him.