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Hi I'm Brad Hall

I have been blessed. I have lived many places and found great people everywhere. I love my family. I love learning.

About Me

I have lived in six states and two countries and one of the things I have noticed is that there are wonderful people everywhere. I have a family that loves each other and enjoys spending time together, playing games, eating good food, joking around, helping others, watching shows, and just talking. I have a wonderful wife and three marvelous adult children all of whom I love very much. I am grateful for them and for the many little things that make up my life. I consider myself an everyday sort of person. I like to paint with watercolors as it helps me to see the world in new ways. I like cats. I like our dog. I enjoy gardening. Sports were very important to me when I was young. I enjoy playing a wide variety of games. I try to win, but it is the connection with people that is the most fun. I enjoy the sound of people conversing and enjoying each other’s company. I love to learn and to teach, and I’m fortunate enough to have a job at a university that encourages both of these things. I love stories. As I write this I am reminded how blessed I am. This does not mean that I have a perfect life. I daily find many things to pray fervently and anxiously about, including physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational concerns. I struggle to be more in tune with the Lord, while appreciating the mercies he has shown to me and my family. In spite of the heartaches and trials, there is joy in life. I try to focus on the good and the many serendipities of life.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially it was because of my parents and grandparents. For years that was good enough. They were not perfect, but they were wonderful and publically and privately they set an example of goodness and how being a Mormon encourages one to live a life of learning and growth, to treat others with respect, and to find joy in everyday life. One can be Mormon (or anything) and be judgmental, afraid of change, guilt ridden and hypocritical, but I was blessed with an early example that tied the pure love of Christ with the Mormon identity. When I went off to college, I decided I needed to have a stronger personal witness, if I was going on a mission. I spent considerable time reading the Book of Mormon and praying about the restoration. I received the testimony of the gospel I looked for and spent two marvelous years with the great people of England. As I grew older, increased my education and was exposed to more and more people with a variety of ideas, I have given my faith increased consideration and much more prayer. There was a time when I could not imagine a sane, honest, or good person knowing about the restored gospel and not accepting it. Now it is quite easy for me to see how sane, honest and good people can believe quite a variety of things. Christ’s call is to love, not judge others. The more I leave judgment to him and find ways to express love through service, the more content I am. I am a firm believer in agency, truth and light. I have found all three within LDS doctrine. I have also found an understanding of Christ’s love. Having found this, why would I not be a Mormon? After many people had deserted Christ, He asked his disciples if they too would leave and Peter asked in return where they would go, since Christ was the Redeemer of the world. My relationship with God the Father and His divine Son my Savior is strengthened and made part of my daily life in the Mormon community. I choose to continue those relationships and I am grateful for that choice.

How I live my faith

I work at the following on a daily basis: • I start off every morning with a 30-45 minutes period of prayer and scripture study. In my prayers I try to remember specific people. • I pray for charity, the pure love of Christ as described in the scriptures (not the popular notion of charity). Then during the day I look for opportunities to be helpful and to follow impressions to do good things for others. Alas, at times I am a bit slow. • I consciously focus on keeping a positive attitude about life and people. Thanks to the atonement, there is hope for all of us, even when we are feeling hopeless, imperfect, or discouraged. This hope means remembering Christ’s side will win out and that he loves me and you. So in spite of imperfections, I can be happy now. • I find it useful to keep a gratitude journal where each day I note down a few things I am grateful for. I try to note a couple of new things each day. • I try to catch myself when I feel anger or want to get back at someone. Then I listen closer to see how others are seeing things. This is hard, but I know mine is not the only important perspective. There are reasons to feel bitter and to blame others, as everyone has been offended or hurt by others, but I see no benefit in feeding those feelings. Forgiveness is a “reap what you sow” principle and I know I need all the forgiveness I can get. I am convinced life is about relationships and that everything hangs on the love Christ describes in Matthew 22: 37-39. • I find something good to say to people. Compliments, a thank you, and so forth. Communication is powerful. I try to use it in uplifting ways and to listen better. The quality of life is tied to the quality of our communication. • I embrace that this life is for learning and growing, and I try to do both. • I try to keep my promises to the Lord and to others and to follow through on basic church responsibilities I have, like Home Teaching and being a good father and husband. The little things matter.