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Hi I'm Dustin Bradshaw

I’m a husband, an author, a runner, a reader, a blogger, and a diplomat. I don’t believe in bad days and I am LDS.

About Me

I am married to the wonderful Lady Hiva. We have spent our married life in Hawaii and working in foreign countries. I was born and raised in a small community and learned to work on the family farm. I love to travel, read, run and write. I am an optimist. I am continually looking for opportunities to volunteer and serve. Life is an adventure and I am always looking for new experiences to try. I blog and achieved a life long goal by publishing my first book in 2012. Most of all I love to spend time with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS household, but my testimony is deeply personal. I have learned that there are hard, painful and downright heart wrenching experiences that we all must face. Life is hard. Yes, there are bad moments, but there are no bad days. I have also learned that during those dark times there is hope, love, mercy and kindness. When I was ten years old I amputated my fingers in an accident. Lady Hiva and I have lost six children and both of us have lost a brother to suicide. All of these experiences challenged my faith and brought a myriad of questions. It is difficult to comprehend loss and trials. It hurts. However, through these trials I have learned life is also beautiful and merciful. I know that I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father who loves me, and wants me to succeed and be happy. When the trials seem the hardest there is always a hand extended to help, a kind word shared, or a shoulder to cry on. People, who are also striving to do their best with the challenges they have, reach out in love and kindness--they literally become the hands of the Savior in our time of need. There is also prayer. Through prayer I have a direct connection with my Heavenly Father and his Son, our brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. No matter the heartache and pain I experience here on Earth, I can pray to them and know they hear and they understand. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, who came down to prepare a way for me to return Home to live with Him. I know that through him families are eternal and because of that, I know our six children and our siblings will be waiting for us when we, too, complete our Earthly journey. No matter where we are from, what we do in this life, or how much tragedy we have to face, I know that our Heavenly Father knows us individually and loves us infinitely. That is why I am LDS, that is the hope I share.

How I live my faith

I have served in several service and leadership positions during my life. Currently I teach Sunday School lessons to newer members of the church. Lady Hiva and I are also leaders for the 8-11 year old girls in our congregation. Having a responsibility in church gives me a sense of purpose. It gives me a chance to know people on a personal level. I have been able to visit families in their homes, pray with them, cry with them and be inspired as I feel their faith in, and love for, the Savior Jesus Christ. Being a Latter-Day Saint has given me a foundation to face life's trials and to understand our experiences. All of us have talents and skills and it is a blessing to see as we serve one another in different capacities, we bless those around us.