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Hi I'm Brad

I joined the Church when I was 14. I'm very interested in History, especially Family History. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the USA and moved a few different times throughout the mid-west including: Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. I attended Brigham Young University, served a Church mission in Arcadia California, received my bachelors degree in Organizational Psychology, received my MBA from The University of Connecticut and have worked in Human Resources for my entire career. I love anything to do with American History and I especially enjoy searching out information about my ancestors through Family History.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't know anything about the Mormons when I was growing up in Iowa. I come from a family that has struggled with alcohol addiction for generations. My mother was an alcoholic and so were all of her brothers and sisters, her parents, and probably her grandparents. My father was not an alcoholic but he spent most of his life working and I didn't have a close relationship with him when I was younger - he needed to work just to keep food on the table. When I was 12, my family moved briefly to St Louis for just a few short months and then we moved to Minnesota. When we first moved to Minnesota, I struggled to find my way. I didn't have any friends and was struggling to fit-in. When we moved to St Louis and then quickly to Minnesota, I thought my life was over. My Mother drank, my father worked all of the time and my two older sisters were struggling with their own issues. It was during this time that two Mormon missionaries stopped by our home while I was outside shooting baskets. My mother was not interested in their message but they would stop by every few days and we would shoot hoops. They ended up inviting me to a youth night at Church where there were young men who enjoyed playing basketball. I ended up attending youth night; regularly; I developed some friendships with a couple of young men; I was invited to take the missionary discussions; and I ended up joining the Church when I was 14. I'm the only member of my family that is a member of the Church. Words can't explain in any meaningful way what being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ really means to me - it saved my life! I was headed for a life of addiction - I know it. I have found my place and have felt at home anyplace I have lived because of my belief in Jesus Christ and my knowledge that there are others who feel the same way that I do.

How I live my faith

I have found so much joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to serve others and have found a great sense of family in the Church. I have found a wonderful person to share my life with and have a strong knowledge that we have the opportunity to be together beyond this life if we are faithful to the promises that we have made to each other and to the Lord. We have 3 wonderful boys and it is a blessing to see them grow in the Gospel. One of the things that I have learned in my life is that even though none of us are immune from the stuggles in life (health, finances, family, etc.) each of us can find "peace" through a relationship with Jesus Christ and through serving others - service provides us perspective that perhaps our own struggles are not as big as we once thought. Each of us can find "peace" in this world of trouble and strife.