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Hi I'm Bradley

I'm a nerd, college grad, businessman, reader, pianist and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a lifelong member of the LDS Church, and grew up in the heart of "Mormondom" in Northern Utah. I graduated from BYU in 2013, and served for two years as a missionary of the Church in Southern Brazil after I graduated high school. I lived in the Chicago suburbs for 2.5 years before moving to my current home in southeastern Virginia. I love reading, working out, learning, listening to and making music, watching movies, and making new friends. I'm learning how to cook too! My membership in the LDS Church has blessed me and helped me in countless ways. I am who I am today because of my participation in the LDS Church and following its teachings. I have a powerful testimony of the truth of the Book of Mormon, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. the Bible and the Book of Mormon together have added a new dimension to my faith and my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God loves all of His Children, and I feel completely at home in the Church. No matter where I go, or what I do, I know I will be safe as I keep the commandments and do my best to follow the example of the Savior. Every day, I try to lean on the Lord so he can help me with work, school, and the experiences of daily life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church. My parents and grandparents, and even great-grandparents were members. However, I knew that I could not live on other peoples' light and knowledge, so I had to find out for myself. Through attending church, reading the scriptures, praying very earnestly to Heavenly Father, I continued to ask, seek, and knock, as Jesus directed. I have come to know for myself through the power of the Holy Ghost that God is our Father in Heaven, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is THE restored church of Jesus Christ with power and authority to bless the lives of all mankind, and to direct the affairs of God's kingdom on the earth. After finding out the truth for myself, I shared the joy and happiness I had found with the Brazilian people for two years as a missionary. This helped me to strengthen this conviction I had, and see the joy, blessings, and renewed hope that enter the lives of all those who decide to become a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try my best to live as Jesus would have me do, and I know that He will help me! At church, I play the the organ for our church meetings. I love the hymns of the church and know that they bring us closer to God. Music is an important part of my life and an important part of my worship. I also am an assistant executive secretary in the bishopric (the leadership body of our congregation). When it comes down to it, I just try to do my best to be the type of person I can. I make mistakes, and I am a broken person, but Jesus Christ makes me whole. By praying to Heavenly Father I get peace and direction for my life. By reading His words in the Bible and Book of Mormon I receive peace and comfort. By following the His teachings given through modern-day prophets and apostles, I am kept safe and secure in the right path.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Bradley
We believe that families can be together forever. Isn't that such a happy thought? It also makes a lot of sense. I mean, why would a loving God, whom we call Father, separate us from our own earthly family if we strive to do what is right? Ephesians 3:15 refers to a family in heaven, and it is such a comforting teaching of the church, to know that marriage and family isn't just until "death do us part." It just feels like something right!! And I know that it is! Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Bradley
Currently, the church does NOT practice polygamy, but believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman. However, there was a time when the Church did practice polygamy. It is not surprising though, as many times throughout history God has asked this of certain people, including Abraham. Other times, such as now, God asks us to avoid polygamy, and not engage in it. What matters is to do what the Lord asks, when He asks it. I know that He will bless us when we courageously do whatever he asks! Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Bradley
These are words for congregations in the church. Wards are composed of a few hundred members. Stakes are generally composed of a few thousand members. A branch is similar to a ward, only a little bit smaller and not quite as developed. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Bradley
The Law of Chastity is the Lord's commandment for us to be clean and pure. It means that we do not engage in pre-marital sexual relations. It means that we are loyal and true to our spouse after marriage. It also means that we are pure in our thoughts, dress, speech and actions. We do this out of respect for our bodies, and out of respect for God, who created us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Bradley
We believe that our spirit will leave our body until the day of Judgment. When we are judged, we will be judged by who we are, what we believe, and what we have done, be it good or ill. We will be rewarded in accordance with these things. Obviously, and most importantly, we could not be saved in ANY way without the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Bradley
The scriptures teach us in Psalms 82:6, and Romans 8:16-17 that we are children of God. Because we are His children, we call Him Father in Heaven, or Heavenly Father. We therefore believe that God is a glorified, resurrected, perfect Man. It just makes sense doesn't it? Why would a Father be fundamentally different from His children? Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Bradley
Anytime we serve in the church, we do it out of love for our fellows, and devotion to the Lord. If the Lord has done so much for us, why should we expect payment in return for our small gift of service in the church? Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Bradley
There is so much joy and happiness in learning about Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Missionaries for the church are eager to share this light and knowledge with everyone they come in contact with. Also, missionaries proselyte because it is a commandment given by the Lord himself. In the end of Matthew, Jesus directs his followers to "Go forth and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." The reason is twofold. Out of love for our fellow men, and out of our devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Bradley
In the Bible, we learn that if we "lack wisdom" or knowledge, that we can ask God. Time after time, Jesus taught "Ask, and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you." We can know the truth about anything, including Mormonism, if we pray and ask God. He will help us know in our mind and heart, through our feelings and thoughts, that the Church is true. Personally, what helped me to know for sure was the feelings of peace, joy, and comfort I had as I asked the Lord if Mormonism is true. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Bradley
We believe that God has given us everything that we have and are. As an expression of gratitude and love to Him, we pay 10% of our income to help build His kingdom and church. We are confident and blessed to know that our tithing, or 10% donation, is used wisely and is not used to pay any clergy members. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Bradley
I do. I remember watching a satellite broadcast of a speech that Thomas S. Monson (the current Church President) delivered. As I watched and listened, I knew without a doubt that there is a prophet today, like Moses. I love reading what he writes and and hearing what he speaks, because I know that it comes from God and can bless my life and the life of my family. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Bradley
What convinces me that there is a God is the world around me. The beauty of the mountains, clouds flowers, trees, and sunsets seem to me to prove that there is a God. The complexity of life, biology, physics, and our very existence prove God's existence to me! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Bradley
It is absolutely AMAZING. I love it so much. I have had the opportunity to come in contact with congregations of the Mormon church in several countries and in many states in the United States. What is so amazing is that no matter where you are or where you go, you are INSTANTLY surrounded by a group of faithful friends. The meetings are peaceful, the hymns we sing are beautiful, and the feelings we have as we attend church and church activities are SO uplifting. As time goes on, I see more and more that this truly is the Church of Jesus Christ!! It just makes me feel so happy inside as I strive to do what is right, and build my faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Bradley
The Holy Ghost can give us guidance, direction, peace, warning, comfort and can help us know that Jesus Christ, His Gospel, His sacrifice are all real. Galatians 5:22 tells us about some of the blessings we can receive and call them the "fruits" of the spirit. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Bradley
YES!! We believe in Jesus Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, who preached the Gospel as found in the New Testament, who suffered in Gethsemane, who was betrayed by Judas, who hung on the cross at Golgotha, and who was resurrected on the Third day. We believe that he is the ONLY way, and that salvation is through Him and of Him alone. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Bradley
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, was written in an ancient language by prophets--holy men called of God to teach His children. This book was translated hundreds of years later by Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Bradley
The church practiced polygamy for a time because the Lord commanded it. We believe that when God commands us to do something, that we should do it. Polygamy is found in the Old Testament, and in different periods throughout history, God has commanded His people to practice it. One such period was early in our church's history. Currently, the church does not practice polygamy. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Bradley
YES!!! Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Bradley
It is not a requirement to serve a mission for the Church. The Church highly encourages all young men leading righteous lives to serve, and also encourages young women and senior couples who are interested to join in this incredible work. Having served a mission myself, I know the blessings that it can bring to myself and others. I saw lives changed, most notably my own. Because of the positive effect it has on everyone involved, and in order to share our joy and happiness with all mankind, we are highly encouraged to serve, but it is not mandatory. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Bradley
Would you want a doctor without a degree to operate on you? Or a teacher without an education to teach your children? How about a military general without any combat experience? Why would we want just anyone to baptize us? Like many other situations in life, important things need to be done right. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Bradley
We cannot and should not reject anyone because of their experiences and circumstances. ALL of God's children are welcome among us and are worthy of His love and our love. I have experienced so much love and support with my own individual life circumstances, and I know that those who experience homosexual feelings need our love and support as well. Show more Show less