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Hi I'm Brad

I'm a husband to a wonderful wife, a father of 4 great kids, and a grandfather of 14.

About Me

I'm a retired computer programmer. I like playing with techy gadgets and pulling things apart and putting them back together again. My wife and I love traveling and my job with the government sent us to many countries around the world. While we love visiting other countries and learning about other cultures, I'm a proud American and especially enjoy traveling all over my country.

Why I am a Mormon

When I look at the stars at night and consider the endlessness of the universe, and when I consider how incredibly complex life is, and when I think about all the world around me, I cannot but believe that it was all created and carefully directed by God's hand. This didn't just happen by accident. When I read the scriptures, in particular when I read the Book of Mormon, I feel the witness of the truth of it. When I hold that book in my hand and consider where it came from, I cannot believe it is the invention of a man or men in 1830. On the contrary, the Spirit bears witness of its truth. God the Father and His Son, the resurrected Jesus Christ visited the boy Joseph. Joseph Smith received the ancient record from a holy messenger and translated it by divine gift. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's restored church and is directed by Him today through a living prophet. Knowing this, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

At present, I am the executive secretary in our ward and my wife plays the organ and is a cub scout den leader. We've both had many different callings in the many different wards where we've lived. A new adventure is ahead, as we have been called on a "records preservation" mission and will be living in the Caribbean for the next two years! There are important family history records gathering dust and getting old in various archives around the world. Our job will be to digitally preserve such records and make them accessible to anyone who would like to do family history research. The gospel of Christ is about much more than attending church on Sundays, but we do strive to keep the Sabbath day holy by setting it apart from the other days of the week. Instead of focusing on what I CAN'T do on Sunday, I prefer to consider what I don't HAVE to do. I don't have to mow the lawn on Sunday. I don't have to read the news on Sunday. We don't have to fix fancy dinners and make a big mess in the kitchen on Sunday. If we do what we should on the other six days, Sunday is a peaceful, relaxing day where we can let go of unpleasant worldly things and rely on the Lord to handle them. Sunday is a great blessing and a gift to us. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. The rest of the week, I try to be Christ-like and to live according to His teachings. "Try" would be the operative word there. Being a Mormon isn't a Sunday-only thing. Being a Mormon is all about understanding where we came from, why we're here, and where we're going after this life. The Lord doesn't expect us to be perfect, only to do our best to learn and follow His commandments, living our lives in faith and obedience, so that at some time through His atonement we may be made perfect.