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Hi I'm Brad

I am a gardener. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 13 children and grew up on a farm in Idaho. I was the first in my family to complete a college degree. I am an electrical engineer working on electric power energy mangement software. My wife and I married while I was still in college. We have 5 children, three born while going to college. I have grown a vegetable garden every year since being married include years that we moved. I have travelled to many countries for my job whilch always seems remarkable for a farm boy from Idaho.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been members of the church for many generations before me. However, my father and most of my brothers were inactive and did not value their church membership. When I was 12 years old, I was about to follow their example when my brother six years older than me threw me out of the house to attend church with my mother. He said, "Don't follow my example. Be better!" That Sunday I felt the spirit speak to my soul. It was not overwhelming powerful, but it was enough. While I have had my ups and downs through the years, the best times have been when I am more fully committed to my involvement to the church.

How I live my faith

The short answer, a lot of time. For the recent several years I have served as the High Priest Group Leader with responsibility for the older men. We have responsibility for a portion of the congregation. I meet with each of the men in my organization to encourage them to do better. I try to meet with the members I have not previously met to get to know them. An, of course, there are always meetings to attend. We always look for ways to serve. I have a reputation of being part of almost every service project that we have going. Cleaning the church, setting up chairs for a special meeting, helping someone move, digging garden for a neighbor, if I can fit it in, I will be there. My goal is to be known as dependable. All of this pales to the joy I have by going to the temple. We try to go a coupleof time a month. For many years not we have tried to attend the temple in as many locations as we can. Current we have attended 46 temples, including 8 internationally. We continue to look for opportunities to attend more. For example, in a couple of weeks we will attend to more while vacationing in Oregon and Nevada.