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Hi I'm Brad

I'm a husband, a father and a patent attorney. I've lived all over America. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah in 1956. I grew up in a town where nearly everybody was Mormon. Since I married and started my family and career I've usually lived far away from my hometown, in places like Colorado, Virginia, Texas, California, Oregon, Michigan and Alabama. I've liked getting to know the people in every new place I've moved. In each new place I always have my local LDS congregation with great people who become like my family. But in each place I always end up working with and getting to know wonderful people who are not of my faith. I have come to know firsts hand there are good people of every ethnic and religious persuasion everywhere you go.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. I have ancestors that go back to the earliest origins of the Mormon church. However, my actual "conversion" to the Mormon church happened gradually. Growing up in the church taught me that Mormons are good people, who practice what they preach. As a teenager, however, I had very real doubts about whether the teachings of the church were really relevant to me. My faith was not strong. In times of crisis, I came to know that God really does know me and love me in the most specific ways imaginable. I have prayed for help and received unmistakable answers several times in my life. The most significant factor that gave me faith in the Mormon church was the Book of Mormon. Before I became a Mormon missionary when I was about 20, I read the Book of Mormon several times. I really desired a spiritual witness that it was true. There is a very specific promise in the Book of Mormon (in Moroni 10:4-5) that says you will get an answer if you read and pray. I ended up getting a very powerful answer from the Holy Ghost, but it took a lot of reading and a lot of prayer. Since that time, more than 35 years ago, that spiritual witness has stayed with me. I cannot deny that I have had struggles and periods of doubt since that time. But the times that God has actually touched me by the Spirit cannot be forgotten or denied. They are anchors to me when hard times come. The best way to constantly cling to those anchors is to read the Book of Mormon and the Bible every day as well as to pray every day. I have learned these lessons through real experience.

How I live my faith

In my local ward in Alabama I am the troop committee chairman for our ward's boy scout troop, I am the piano accompanist for the children's Sunday teaching organization that meets each week during our Sunday worship period. I visit 4 or 5 families in the ward on a monthly basis to check up on their needs and in some cases encourage them to come back to church. My wife and I try to make sure that our two teenage sons and college-age daughter who reside in our home are involved in regular church activities. We try to have scripture study and family prayer once a day. We also have a family meeting once a week where all the family gets together. This meeting includes some kind of religious lesson as well as a discussion of current family business, prayers, snack and often some kind of other entertainment.