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Hi I'm Howard Brady

I'm a husband, father, and Microfinance professional

About Me

I’m a father to two children and a husband to a lovely wife. We live in the Shoreline area of Washington, which is about 10 miles north of downtown Seattle. I work in International Development, an area called Microcredit or Microfinance, supporting programs with back-office consulting work in the area of internal audit and internal control, which ties into accounting, financial projections, and portfolio management systems. I’m a frequent speaker at industry conferences and travel a lot. Over the past 16 years of my career I’ve traveled over 1.5 million miles, essentially 3 round trips to the moon. I speak fluent Spanish and often take my family with me when I need to travel to Central America to teach workshops and seminars.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons and almost without exception I have attended Church weekly. When I was in high school, I decided that I needed to know for myself if the LDS Church was true, because the answer to this question would determine if I were to go on a mission and continue in the LDS faith. I took it upon myself to read the New Testament to get a feeling for Christ centered scripture, then I read the Book of Mormon to see if I would receive similar feelings from this book of scripture. It took me a couple of months, but when I completed the Book of Mormon and asked God if it were true, I heard a voice in my head say, “Howard, you’ve known all your life that the Church is true”. This is the basis for my testimony. I have heard that voice several times since then, when I have needed to make important decisions in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith trying to be as helpful as possible. When I was young, the parable of the Good Samaritan really hit home. That combined with Boy Scout training to, “Do a good turn daily”, and Christ’s counsel to “go the extra mile” means that I often find myself giving my time and energy to family, friends, and colleagues. If a brother-in-law needs a good, cheap computer, I’ll build one for him. If one of my children needs help with her math homework, I’ll answer the call when it comes in at midnight when I’m in Bolivia. If a colleague is injured or ill and cannot perform an assignment, I’ll rearrange my schedule and take vacation time if needed, to help him out. Although I can’t attend church every week with the congregation that I’m assigned to attend due to my travel schedule, I will do all I can to attend with another congregation close to where I am.