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Hi I'm Brad Barrett

I'm a Mormon. I grew up as a San Diego surfer boy. I became a public school educator and recently retired after 37 years.

About Me

I am a retired school administrator. I have 5 children and 16 grandchildren. I now teach graduate level education courses for a university and am a co-owner of a lproperty management company. I enjoy working and playing with my St. Bernard dog and traveling to various places around the world. I am happily married and have been for 40 years. My wife and I enjoy visiting the beautiful mountains in Arizona to get away from the beautiful desert, especially in the hot summeers. I have enjoyed hobbies of sailing and restoring old cars.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it has grounded me in something that has value beyond this worldly experience. Life seems to have a way to produce obstacles to happiness but my faith in Jesus Christ and in the Mormon Church has given me an anchor to keep me close to true happiness. There is nothing I love more than my family. I am very proud of my five children and my 16 grandchildren. The Church gives us a common thread to keep us tied together not only for the experiences in this life but for eternity. The knowledge that we can be together forever is a big motivator to all of us to live according to God's laws so that we can be together forever. Early in our family life we lost an infant child to a rare heart condition. Later in life we lost a precious daughter-in-law in a tragic auto accident. Both of these occurences when viewed in the context of the doctrine of eternal families is still hard but provides real motivation for living the Lord's plan because we will ultimately live together eternally if we do. I suppose the family that has no challenges is rare, if not non-existent. Our family has and still has our share of heartbreaks and dissappointments. I believe being a Mormon has given me the strength and the resources of faith and friends who also believe in the value of tight families to press on in spite of the difficulties. Being a Mormon means serving Heavenly Father's children regularly. The Church makes sure that I do not fail to live that Godly principle. I cannot imagine going through life and eternity without being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My wife and I currently work in a cingregation of single adults from 18 to 30 year olds. for many years we have had a similar calling to work in some way with the young singles of the Church. this gives my wife and I a chance to model a good marriage for future reference when the singles become married. It keeps us younger because we associate with people who are vibrant, enthusiastic and are passionate in their faith as well. Those singles who have lost their way gives us an opportunity to find and rescue them from the wild world that is hard to negotiate alone without faithful friends. A big lpart of our life as a couple is in serving God's children wherever we are located. We not only serve our fellow Mormons but use our strong belief in the gospel of service in serving in our community. I am on various boards and am very deeply involved in professional organizations because of my beliefs as a Mormon. We believe that God has given us talents when we came to this earth. He has also given us a commandment to use to use those gifts, talents and experiences to serve others. After developing skills as a teacher after working for many years in public education I find myself teaching often and also teaching the teachers of our congregation. I have done this for many, many years. Being a Mormon gives me a natural way to stay involved in using the blessings and gifts I have been given to help others.