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Hi I'm Brad

I'm a Mormon. I come from a long line of Mormons, but I had to gain my own testimony about the truthfulness of the gospel.

About Me

I am a Physician Assistant in a small town. I have always had a passion for medicine since I was a child, and luckily hard work and being blessed, I have found myself in a profession that I love! I have a wife of 9 years, and we have two beautiful children. I have lived in many different places, and have experienced the Mormon church in different states and a few different countries. I love sports, and have played them throughout my life. I continue to play basketball and golf on a regular basis, but was once a college volleyball player. I live life to enjoy it and love it. I love music and theatre, and have been a part of multiple singing groups since I was young.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a place where I feel the best. I feel happier and more complete as a member of the Mormon faith. I love the principles that are taught in the church. I have visited many churches, researched many religions, and for me, this is the church where I found the truth, where I have discovered what I have been looking for. I love the programs for children, the discipline for healthy living, and I have found Christ within the Mormon church. Through my decision to be a member of the Mormon faith, I have come to know my Savior, Jesus Christ. I have developed a true love of Heavenly Father's children, and have turned many of my weaknesses into strengths. I have read, studied and pondered the Book of Mormon and found it to truly be another testament of Jesus Christ, to support and help explain teachings in the Bible. I have gained a knowledge of the true power of prayer, the miracle of the Priesthood and it's power, and come to be very appreciative of having a living Prophet on the earth. I know that the concept of an eternal family is real and is something that truly gives me hope for the future. Being a Mormon is not just about following teachings, but it is a family, a network, and I love being a part of it. I love being able to serve and get to know others. I love to share my knowledge, testimony, and experiences with others. I love to see others gain the same happiness that I have.

How I live my faith

I am currently the Ward Mission Leader in my ward. I have several home teaching families that I get to visit each month. I also have the opportunity to teach the gospel principles/essentials class every Sunday. I am excited that I get to share my spiritual experiences and testimony with many people that are learning about the church. I live as I am taught to live, I live what I teach. I feel that if I teach principles, and if I can learn to love everything that I teach others about, it makes it easy to live. I have had many leadership callings in the church, and I love to do what I am called upon to do. My passion within my faith is teaching. I have been greatly blessed with an ability to teach and relate to others, so I love to teach and speak to others about my faith. My goal is to live my life in accordance with what the Savior taught, to love everyone, to love the Lord, and to follow him. I make mistakes every day, but I truly make a conscious effort to try and think about how the Savior would have me act and make decisions in a way that will make both the Lord and myself happy.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

I have a great belief and knowledge of this concept. My little sister was killed by an impaired driver at the age of 19. She was my only little sister and I have 4 older sisters, however she and I were closest in age and in our relationship. We talked about many things together and help each other through the good and the bad. I truly can't wait for the opportunity to embrace her again and listen to the many things she will be able teach me. I had the opportunity to be a part of her temple work as she had not gone through the temple before she passed away, and her spirit was so overwhelming when we did it, it was undeniable to me that there is life after death. This gives me hope everyday. I know that my family now, my wife and kids, can and will be together forever. This is one of my favorite teachings of the church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

I believe the purpose of life is to live and learn. As many throughout life have to decide...'Either get busy living, or get busy dying.' For me, life is a gift, thus why they call the current moment 'the present.' When we come to the realization that there is a God, that there is plan in this life for happiness, and that this life is not the end, it makes moving forward in this life easier. We have been given physical bodies to use, to grow and utilize in this life, but not abuse. We have been given a mind that has an incredible ability to learn. We have been given the gift of making choices, and learning from those decisions. I think the other main purpose of life is to learn to love. If you can develop this skill, you can truly learn to live. When you learn to love, your life becomes better. Loving family, friends, and hardest of all, everyone, makes life more meaningful and beautiful. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Our bodies are important to God. We are created in his image, and we are his most exciting creation. Our body is able to become one with our Spirit/Soul as we work toward our spirtual goals and development. We need to care for our bodies as we would care for our spirit/soul. As Mormons, we have a guide for taking care of our bodies called the Word of Wisdom. This teaches us to exercise, eat good foods, not to smoke or do drugs, and truly teaches us to respect our bodies as a temple, to keep it clean at all times. Working in medicine, it is amazing to see first hand how important it truly is to try and eat wholesome foods, to eat in moderation, to avoid large amounts of fatty foods, to not bring drugs or tobacco into the system, to get regular cardiovascular exercise...When you look at the body of a corpse who has not respected their body, it shows in a drastic fashion. It has been an eye opening experience for me to see how much better people feel when they follow the Lord's law of health. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

For me, I notice something on a daily basis that helps me remember there is a God; whether it is the beauty of nature, the amazement and complexity of the human body, the science of how things operate. All of these things and more remind me that there is a much higher power in control. Show more Show less