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Hi I'm Brad Simpson

I live in Wilson, NY and I love trying new foods and experiencing new cultures. I love my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm really just a big kid at heart. I love high-powered radio controlled cars and spending time outside or working on my home. My 3 kids at home keep me very active and we are trying to be more involved with our community. I love experiencing new foods and cultures and I work in International Banking, so it gives me opportunities to speak with people from all over the globe. Family has become my primary hobby - there just isn't much down time for too many other activities, but my wife and I do look forward to traveling the world and exposing our children to as much as we can.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents grew up as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Even when I was very young, I remember going to church as being a very important part of my life. I never went through a period when I didn't want to go, but as a teenager, I did have to find out for myself if what I felt was true was really true. I had always been impacted strongly by the experience Joseph Smith had as a youth in searching for truth for himself in the midst of confusion. I decided to ask my Heavenly Father as well in prayer for confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. While the response for me was not an angelic visit, it was a very clear feeling of peace and confirmation that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that God leads us today through a living prophet. I decided to serve a full-time mission and I was called to serve in the Manaus, Brazil mission. I spent two years with some of the most humble and loving people I've met in my life. I saw miracles happen as families embraced Christ's teachings. I saw lives change as people committed to live the gospel. I've seen in so many different ways for myself that God leads this church and that His plan is for us to be happy and to be able to be with our families for all of eternity.

How I live my faith

I've always been an active member of the church. Currently, I serve as the bishop in our area, which gives me the wonderful opportunity to serve and love the members in our area in a very special way. I've come to learn of how much our Heavenly Father loves His children and it has been a humbling experience as I've tried to allow His love to affect my love. Prior to being the bishop (which is a volunteer position like all church callings), I served within our young men's organization, teaching the youth and helping them prepare themselves both spiritually and temporally. No matter what I do in being asked to serve others around me, it always seems that I'm the greatest benefactor. Many would think that it's just too hard to serve and give of so much time, but the blessings have been great for both myself and my family.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Brad Simpson
As a bishop, I have the opportunity to counsel with the needs of both members of the church and members of other faiths. These needs include both spiritual and temporal. Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with a couple who were doing all that they could to meet their needs, but due to some unforeseen hardships, they were in a very difficult situation. This couple was not a member of our church. Through counseling, I was able to give them some advice, which they followed. Through their keeping of some commitments, I was able to help them both spiritually and temporally, enabling them to plan for their future. We are all God's children and have a responsibility to help one another regardless of belief or background. I challenge all of us, whether LDS or not, to seek opportunities to serve and help those around you. Show more Show less