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Hi I'm Brad Sparhawk

I have lived most of my life in New York. I have also lived in Saudi Arabia, but only for a short while. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play different sports. I refuse to watch professional sports because I immediately start yelling at the players exactly what they are doing wrong. I am very interested in learning languages. I love hearing people speaking in different languages, it simply intrigues me. I have graduated from high school and I plan on going to college but I don't know exactly what I want to major in. I also love music. I play both the piano and guitar and I sometimes attempt to sing. Different messages in music helps me to keep my head on straight and push through different trials.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. I have always admired converts because of the great faith that they had. I wanted to have that kind of great faith as well, but felt as if I had a hard time doing so. It was at a church activity with youth that pushed me to having this faith. These youth, as well as I, were given a challenge to read the entire Book of Mormon within a certain period of time. At first, I didn't really participate, but then I felt left out because everyone else was really far ahead. I began to read, and not just read as I would usually read which would be skimming through words, but I truly read this book. The first night I began reading I could not put the book down and read throughout the entire night. I then prayed to see if what I read was true and received a feeling of comfort. At the very instant I received this feeling, a thought entered my head that said something along the lines of: "these words speak for themselves". From that day on, my testimony of this church grew. I know that this isn't a great miracle that completely changed me, but it was meaningful enough and impacted me to a degree that I have continued to believe in the teachings of this church. Every day, through different lessons taught to me and pages read of the Book of Mormon, I learn more and more. I believe that what is taught to me and what I read is true. This knowledge of the truth helps me to continue to stay in this church.

How I live my faith

In the church, I go hometeaching with another man of the church. We go to a few households and give them lessons that are directed to them. These lessons usually are pretty simple and contain some insight on how we should be living our lives. As a hometeacher, I am obligated to help those I hometeach whenever they are in need of service. I do not have an official calling in my church because I have moved so many times no one has had the chance to give me one. Another way that I serve my church is that I plan on going on a mission quite soon. In doing so, I will be able to serve in an area for about two years and help them strengthen their testimonies.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Brad Sparhawk
All Mormons are asked to serve a mission. One is not looked down on for not serving a mission, but it is a wonderful thing to do. We are taught that it is what we, as members of the Mormon church, must do. It is not necessarily a requirement, but we are still asked to do it. Missionaries usually begin serving when they are 18 or 19 years old. It is possible for those who are older and married to serve on missions. These missionaries go all around the world representing our church. Show more Show less