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Hi I'm Ladd

I grew up in rural Idaho in a big Mormon family. I work for Ernst & Young as a consultant for major US banks.

About Me

Growing up on a small ranch in rural Idaho, I developed a love for wildlife and the outdoors. Although my large family struggled to make ends meet, we learned to be creative, work hard, develop our skills and education, and stick together. I am very adventurous and enjoy a large variety of outdoor sports including mountain/road biking, rock climbing, kayaking/canoeing/rafting and other water sports, skiing, hiking, traveling, getting exposure to different cultures, and learning new languages. I love to learn and lately I spend more time reading than anything else. I also enjoy music, including singing and playing the piano. After studying Accounting and Finance at Brigham Young University and serving a two-year Mormon mission in Brazil, I went to work for Ernst & Young in New York City as a financial risk analyst consultant to the largest US and global banks. I later moved back west to the San Francisco Bay Area to be closer to family including my 10 nieces and nephews.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents were not always members of the LDS church, they have been my entire life. My father was the leader of our local church congregation. The meetings were held in Spanish as the congregation was primarily composed of Mexican migrant workers. The LDS church was a powerful influence for good in my life, and I felt that it was true from a very early age. I felt the fire of the Holy Ghost when praying, listening to inspired speakers at church and reading the Scriptures. Church leaders and instructors provided countless examples of how following the teachings of the church is essential to making the most of our lives and building strong families. We read the Bible and Book of Mormon and prayed as a family on a daily basis. I also read the Bible and Book of Mormon several times over at an early age and always looked forward to serving a mission for the church. When the time came, I shared my beliefs and experiences in the Mormon church with hundreds of people in southern Brazil and built many strong friendships. Each of my 6 siblings also served missions in North and South America, and although we are scattered geographically and starting families of our own, we all continue to attend church and try our best to live the values we learned at home.

How I live my faith

I attend church each Sunday in the San Francisco Young Single Adult congregation. This congregation is composed of young singles living in our around San Francisco between the age of 18 and 31. We have social and/or spiritual activities throughout the week and receive lots of encouragement from our church leaders to find a spouse and start Mormon families of our own. No one is paid to serve in the local congregations of the LDS church--we all volunteer our time to help the Bishop or leader of the congregation, and we receive inspired assignments or "callings" in the church. One of my callings is to welcome new members of the congregation and keep them apprised of the church services and activities in San Francisco. I have also been assigned to visit 4 other members of the congregation on a monthly basis to see how they are doing, share a spiritual thought, and volunteer to help them out with any challenges they are experiencing.