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Hi I'm Brad Zook

I am the husband of a beautiful wife, cycling enthusiast and kind of a goofball. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in West Jordan, Utah, which is a suburb of Salt Lake City. I was really shy and awkward growing up, although now I love talking to and interacting with people. After high school, I served as a missionary for the Church for two years in Tucson, Arizona and El Paso, Texas. I learned Spanish while I was there, and was blessed to meet and teach some amazing people that I now consider part of my own family. I went to school at Utah Valley University, and shortly after I graduated with a degree in Public Relations, I met an incredible, beautiful girl that became my wife. I'm grateful she still wanted to see me after I was a weirdo on our first date. We got married in September 2012, and the time we've had together has been the happiest of my life. There's nothing that compares to marrying your best friend. No kids yet, but I can't wait to be a dad! I now find myself working for a great company doing Search Engine Optimization (which is how you get your website to rank higher on Google!). I love road cycling, golf, camping, shooting, and most of all, the beach. I've had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places and see different cultures. I spent a semester in China, summers growing up in New England, and even spent a winter living in the Caribbean! I'm a bit of a sports fanatic, and I get a little worked up over how my Utah Jazz, Boston Red Sox, or Liverpool FC are doing.

Why I am a Mormon

I know when you look at this, it's easy to think "oh, he's another Mormon from Utah!" My story is a lot more than that. The path that led me to the Gospel of Jesus Christ was forged by the courageous examples of others, culminating in a rainy night where the Lord changed my life forever. Shortly after my Mom and Dad got married, they stopped going to church. My Mom grew up in the Church, and my Dad courageously joined the Church alone as a teenager on the East Coast. My parents raised us two boys in a good home, but they had some financial struggles. In order to try and help my parents, my grandparents arranged for my brother and I to spend every summer with them in New Hampshire. While not of our faith, they were my heroes. We would go to church with them often, and learned a lot about Jesus Christ in their church. When I was 8, a man from our ward helped bring my family back to church. He was a man who lacked eloquence, but when he spoke, we listened. He came into our home and shared his love of us and of the Church. He invited the Spirit into our home and helped guide us back to church, as a family. I will always be grateful to him. Although the Church was now a huge part of my life, I still needed to know for myself if it was true. When I was 18, my non-member Grandpa offered me the opportunity to work with him on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Thomas to save money for a mission. While there, I was encouraged to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. I did, and its words spoke to my soul. I had the desire to know if it, and the Church, were true. I'll never forget the night when I finally got down on my knees to ask God to know for myself if it was all true. It was a windy, rainy night, and I heard the gentle crashing of waves on the beach below. As I prayed, the Spirit overwhelmed me with confirmation that it was true. The tears of joy running down my face matched the raindrops falling from the sky.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to set a positive example to those that surround me. Whether at work, at home, with my family, or at Church, the very best thing I can do is be an example of living the Gospel to every person I come in contact with. The greatest exemplar of all is our Savior, Jesus Christ, and I strive to be a little more like him everyday. The way that we become like him is by following his commandments. One of the most poignant teachings of the Savior was his selfless service. The Church is one of service. No matter who you are, you're asked to serve the Lord in various capacities, whether that's as a bishop, helping members of the ward find jobs, or working with the youth. No one calling is more important than another. I've had an opportunity to serve in various different capacities in my wards, ranging from Sunday School president, overseeing Sunday School teachers, to Assistant Cubmaster. I've learned so much about the inherent good in people in each of these capacities. Those I've been able to serve have made me want to be a better man and a better member of the Church. Being a good man isn't always easy in the world we live. I'm lucky to be married to an amazing woman whose example and faith is a constant barometer. Another way in which I strive to be a good example is by doing the small things that make all the difference. When I was a boy, my parents taught me that if I were to read the scriptures, attend church, and get on my knees to pray often, I would always have the strength to make it through anything. While I struggle to be perfect in any of those things, the consistent effort to try and be perfect has made me be a better man. This Church is true. Joseph Smith was a boy who got down on his knees seeking truth, and because of his unwavering faith became a prophet who translated the Book of Mormon and restored God's church. You can know this too by following his example of humble prayer. God listens and he answers.