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Hi I'm Brady

I'm a PhD student, a father, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a PhD student in the materials sciences. I love materials science; I find the structures of the natural world incredibly fascinating. My group researches shock physics. We use a gas gun to cause shock waves to pass through different materials so that we can study their behavior when subjected to high pressure. Shooting things for a living is loads of fun. Study of the natural world only reinforces my conviction that God organized and formed it all. Many people feel like the idea of God is inconsistent with science, but knowledge can be gained by study and by faith. God doesn't operate in opposition with the laws of nature, but He can operate in opposition to our understanding of them. Heavenly Father can provide insight on physics, materials science, or chemistry just as well as he can on Christ, the scriptures, or Joseph Smith. My other great joy is my family. I love spending time with my girls and my wife. I love watching my girls discover the world, learn new things, or play games with imaginary monsters. My children have helped me rediscover the magic of life. My wife is the love of my life, my partner, my best friend, and my strong right arm. I am so grateful for the blessings of the temple that have made it possible to have an eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by good parents as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My father was a convert. I grew up with a testimony of the Church and a knowledge that it was God's true church. When I was a teenager, I was confronted by the need to make my own decisions; to decide who I was going to be. I ultimately found strength and solace in the Book of Mormon and committed to live the Gospel to the best of my abilities and I've never looked back.

How I live my faith

Before I was married, I served a mission and taught people the Gospel. Now that I'm a family man, I teach my children the Gospel. It is basically the same, except I live with my investigators and I love them even more. My responsibilities as a husband and father define my life and give me purpose and joy. I serve as as secretary in my local congregation and as a visiting lay minister. It's frequently tough to find the right balance between work, my family, and my responsibilities at church. Getting a PhD takes a LOT of time. However, doing the Lord's work feels great and I know its the right thing to do. Those times that I can make a connection with others, especially when they need help, are some of the times I'm most grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Lord's kingdom.