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Hi I'm Bradly Kendall

I'm a Mormon. AKA a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

About Me

I'm Sweedish, English, Scotish, Irish, Danish, and a bit German as well. The majority of my ancestors left Europe to come to the United States for religious purposes. I was born and raised in the mountain west. I lived in Honduras for two years and aprendí español allá y obtuvé un gran amor para con toda la gente de centroamérica. I got my bachelor's degree in Spanish and now I'm studying in Texas to become an Optometrist. I'm married and we have two little boys. School is difficult but luckily there's much more to life than that.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I was raised this way, and I've stayed a Mormon because I've come to know for myself that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. Many teenagers and college students question the faith of their fathers and set out to explore new options. As an early teenager I began my search for the truth. I wanted to know for myself if this really was the true church of God. I tested the Book of Mormon and it was proved true to me by the power of the Holy Ghost. I've since become very close to God through prayer and He has kept me in this church and I've learned much about Him by serving much in His Name. I've discovered for myself what all people around the world need to know, that God is not dead and that he has restored his ancient church anew, and that with great power it is spreading and gathering Israel just as the prophets have foretold.

How I live my faith

I wake up in the mornings, fairly early so that I can avoid rush hour traffic. I arrive at school 2 hours before class and I spend about half an hour exercising at the gym next door and half an hour studying the scriptures online at the school library. I keep a personal journal in my email and record thoughts that come to me while reading the scriptures. Saturdays are the one day of the week I go to work, since I take on average 20 credit hours of school there's not much time to hold a job. I've dedicated Sundays to the Lord and family as is commanded by the Lord. On Sundays we go to church for 3 hours, I do some visiting to help out other church members, and I spend the rest of the day with my wife and boys, resting and catching up with them. Sundays are the gem of the week! At times life gets hectic and busy and I have to sacrifice my weekend to be able to study more for tests and things, however Nothing ever has nor ever will get in the way of the Sabbath for me. That day is sacred and much needed for me to keep myself acting and thinking straight. One last important thing that I routinely do is that I go and worship God at the temple once a month. It's like a Super Experience of a kind that enables me to prioritize my life better and search for God's will in my life through prayer and meditation. The veil between us and heaven is thinnest at the temple of the Lord. Now, all those things I've mentioned are the basics to help keep me on the right path, however it is not "How I live my faith." I live my faith by being kind to everyone I meet. I try to help people in class who are struggling with the difficult concepts. I look for ways to do and say what Christ would say were he here with me. I mostly try to be a positive influence to lift up others.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Bradly Kendall
Because it's a clear and wonderful testament of Jesus Christ! It was written by inspired prophets who wrote down what God spoke to them. The history of what God has done for man is so important in helping us remember and appreciate the mercy and greatness of our Creator. The bible fueled my own desire to serve as a Mormon mission for the Church. We believe and love the bible because it defends our faith so strongly. Another Testament of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, also defends the Bible and together they are indisputable truth that Jesus is the Messiah, and that His church that did exist in ancient times throughout the history of the word, from Adam to Moses, from David till Christ, once again is up and running today. These books above all fill the reader with the Spirit of God, which is the changing converting power of the almighty. The spirit from these books can touch every heart that comes and partakes willingly with an open mind and good intent. To this I personally testify and celebrate. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Bradly Kendall
This is simple. You learn a little about it, and you pray. You try a little and you pray. You set out to obey a commantment and you pray. You listen to the word of our living prophet and you pray. All the time asking God to help you understand and gain a testimony. You need to specifically ask God, "Is this true? Is the Book of Mormon true? Is this thy true church?" God has told us "ask and ye shall receive, Knock and it shall be opened unto you." So try it then. If you really want to know right now, avoid vague prayers and vague questions such as "please bless me, I thank thee for this and that, help me to learn more..." My experience is that God most often answers yes and no questions most clearly. And if you don't feel like he's answered your yes or no question yet, then check yourself. Do you feel like God expects you to study more? Then do so. Are you hesitant to believing because it will be too difficult to change your life? Then you aren't asking with "real intent" and you need to seek out help in learning about sacrifice. When we ARE ready, when we truly want to know, when we are willing to accept the consequences of believing, and when we've put in the effort and study that God requires of us individually, I promise you that God will come and answer your prayer, and you will know. You will feel strongly that you know, in your mind and in your heart. Often, full-time missionaries are best at helping one out in this conversion process. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Bradly Kendall
I married one, and before that, I dated many Mormon women. Mormon women are smart, confident, educated, and beautiful people. More often than not they are very virtuous and keep themselves modest. They are fun to be around, fun to talk to and overall they're exciting to get to know. Mormon women are taught to be strong and to never allow a man or anyone to abuse them in any way. Mormons DO believe in equality of men and women. Specifially that the man is no better than the woman, nor the woman above the men. We strictly believe that one cannot go to the highest, best place in heaven unless we have our spouse standing by our side, joined by the bonds of marriage. We strictly believe that we need each other to be the best that God wants us to be. But equality does not mean equal roles. Mormons believe that women have their duties just as men have their duties. Women must ensure their children are raised and nurtured well in love and in the gospel,and men are to ensure that the family is well provided for. Men hold the priesthood and preside in the family, but as the priesthood rules are strict, the man can do nothing if he doesn't act in love, and in compliance with the Spirit of God. The wife has her duty to also be in tune with the Spirit of God as well, and together, both man and wife will be one with God and submit to the will of God, and not simply the will of the husband. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Bradly Kendall
We should have faith in Jesus Christ. We should have faith in His Atonement. This means, His suffering and sacrifice which enabled Him to conquer death and cleanse us of all our sins. We must have faith in His capacity to return us back to the presence of our Father in Heaven. We must personally have Faith in God the Father as well. Faith that He listens to our prayers, that he loves us, and that, although life is horribly difficult and disastrous, He has it all planned out and Justice and Mercy will eventually fix all the wrongs and problems that harm us in this life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Bradly Kendall
No. However, I understand that the Mormon Church does endorse gospel principles. We do have beliefs that are politically related such as how we believe that abortion and practicing homosexuality are both sins in the eyes of God. The Church endorses the efforts of those who strive to protect our values and we believe that we have the right of free speech to express our beliefs to those who are eligible to vote on government policies and laws. Also it is good to remember that the Church does condemn discrimination in all its forms. The church teaches to show tolerance and love towards all people. We don't evaluate the lifestyle of anyone in our decision to love them and treat them fairly. The Church does endorse all equal rights for all people, even homosexual couples so long as it is not recognized as marriage. Although, perhaps in the future, more abortions will be voted to be legalized and paid for by tax money, and Homosexuality will be voted as a legal option for marriage, we must realize that by popular vote we can never change what is right and wrong in the eyes of God. Show more Show less