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Hi I'm Brad Thomson

I grew up in the Army. I enjoy cereal, being outside, Spanish, and learning, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at the University of Utah. I studied Biology for two years and am now studying Spanish. I dabble in guitar, but I'm a novice at best. I like running and being outside, preferably near or on mountains. I love the experience of being bad at something and working from being that to becoming reasonably competent at it. I love my family. My parents are my heroes and have done so much for me. My brothers and sisters are the best, and I have billions of awesome cousins and aunts and uncles. I'm a soccer player, so I enjoy kicking things at other things. Being outside in the rain, in my opinion, is either awesome or miserable. It really depends on the circumstances, but life is good, and I really think you can be happy no matter what is going on around you.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to amazing parents who always taught me what to do what was right. I grew up believing and loving the Book of Mormon, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Jesus Christ. I was always told that I would have to gain a personal "testimony" that these things are really true. Growing up I would pray all the time to have some kind of overwhelming spiritual confirmation so that I could say that I had gained this testimony. I didn't understand that I already knew that these things were true. I had always known it. As I went through high school, I discovered (at least I thought that I discovered) that I knew best and that I knew everything in the entire world! If I didn't understand the reasons for something, I wouldn't do it. If I thought something was a waste of time, I wouldn't "waste" my time on it. This attitude lead me to feel this way about many things in the Church. I went through the motions of living my faith, but by the time I got to college, there was not much of my faith left intact. Without parental supervision I stopped doing the little things. Eventually, God in his mercy gave me a set of circumstances in my life that helped me turn back to Him. The feelings that I had smothered, and the knowledge I once had was slowly and steadily regained as I turned my will to His. That's a process that's still ongoing, but it's a wonderful process. So while I was born knowing these things were true, I DID have to gain a personal witness. I saw what it was like without my faith, and by the grace of God I was given a personal witness that He is there. By reading the Book of Mormon and living by it's precepts, I have found it to be true as well, and since I know that, I also know that this church is God's kingdom established in our day, and that it is lead by modern prophets. These things I know and these things I love!

How I live my faith

To me living my faith comes down to doing the little things daily. If you have faith, any faith, that means you're willing to act on a set of principles that you sincerely believe in. I sincerely believe that I have a loving Heavenly Father; a God who loves me and cares for me and wants to hear from me and talk to me too. Because of that I pray daily and dedicate time to reading and listening to the words that He has spoken through the mouths of His prophets. Because God loves me I try to live my life loving and serving other people too. I love looking for ways to lift someone, and then actually acting when I see them!