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Hi I'm Bradley

I'm an ultimate frisbee enthusiast. I'm a civil engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest son of six kids, and I was raised in Moapa Valley, Nevada. Throughout my life I have focused on excelling in school, and education has become very important to me. I consider myself a more broadly-educated than deeply focused engineer, and I enjoy learning about the arts, communication, health, logic, and computers, in addition to studying how to make the structures of the world more reliable. In my college years I have also developed a love for ultimate frisbeee and have played for several years on intramural, city league, and extramural teams. The greatest thrill is to notice that someone on your team with an EXCELLENT arm is about to get the disc, BOLT for the end zone, realize that he did indeed make the throw, turn away from the disc and run with all your might, and then, finally, snatch it in the end zone, moments before the defender would have grabbed it or it would have gone out of bounds. :) Finally, but perhaps most importantly, I have become, through singular experiences and through the day-to-day happenings and feelings of a religious life, a firm believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

You could say I'm a Mormon because my mom is a Mormon. You could say I'm a Mormon because my dad was a Mormon. His parents are/were Mormons, and mom's parents are/were Mormons. And their parents were Mormons, and their parents were Mormons. I don't really know how many generations back it goes, but I do know one thing: the real reason I am a Mormon and will always stay a Mormon doesn't go back even one generation. It starts right here, with me. :) I am a Mormon because of what I know, what I feel, and what I have experienced. I have been led and inspired by the things Mormon prophets have said. I have felt the Holy Spirit often. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior, that I will be saved through His works, and that He has prepared for all who follow Him a place in the kingdom of Heaven. I know He expects me to try to be obedient, and that as often as I mess up, He wants me to repent. I believe that doctrines such as repentance, forgiveness, mercy, grace, obedience, salvation, eternal life, and more, are taught more clearly in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than they are taught anywhere else in the world. For that reason alone I would be a Mormon. But friend, there is SO much more.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith is a whole lot more than just what I do for a couple of hours on a Sunday. It's a constant thing. I pray when I wake up. I read the scriptures before I begin my many tasks in the day. I pray for direction to know what to do and who to serve in the course of the day. I acknowledge the hand of the Lord in the MANY good things that happen in my life. Living the gospel, keeping God's commandments, and doing Heavenly Father's will are often on my mind. Religion, for me, is life. :) That being said, I also believe that Father in Heaven wants us to use the blessings, the intelligence and opportunities, that He has given us. Therefore I spend MUCH of my time working, studying, exercising, and doing chores. I believe in improving myself and the world around me, and I feel that by doing so I worship God.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Bradley
Not a bit. We don't pray to him, we don't build buildings of worship dedicated to him, and we don't do things because we think we've been "inspired" by him to do them. We don't do any other thing of the sort. We worship God. We pray to Heavenly Father. The Church is the Church of Jesus Christ, and we strive every day to be more like Him and to do His will. Everything we do in this church is done for the glory and honor of our Father and His beloved Son. Joseph Smith, in that sense, was just like one of us--only he was particularly good at it. And, as a prophet called by God, he received direction from Heavenly Father that helps us know how to serve, become like, and draw closer to the God we worship. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Bradley
Let me tell you a little bit about a mission. A mission is an opportunity for a young person to put home, job, and education aside for two years and give all of their time, money, and effort to preaching the gospel and serving the people in some part of the world. It is an opportunity for him or her to express, through action, the things he or she feels in his or her heart. All missions are undertaken only according to the free will of the person being called. Though certainly not REQUIRED, all young men are emphatically encouraged to serve a mission once they turn 19 years old. A young man who chooses not to serve is neither rejected from the Church nor kept from teaching and ministering to others. Almost without exception, however, I have witnessed that the young man who sincerely prays to the Lord in order to know God's will, receives an answer that God wants him to go on a mission. It is most interesting. Young women, on the other hand, do not serve missions until they are at least 21 years old, and they are neither encouraged nor discouraged from serving. The Church needs young women missionaries, it is true--they can go places the men cannot go, and they can bless people and serve people the men cannot help. Nevertheless, the young women who choose to serve do so because they want to, not because the Prophet requires it or their bishop expects it. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Bradley
For me, faith is a belief in something, tangible or intangible, that is so strong that I will alter my actions and even the course of my life because of the thing I believe. For example, I believe that tomorrow will come, so I set an alarm clock today to wake me up for it. I believe that good food will give me a GOOD life (if not also a long one), so I plan my meals and focus on good nutrition. I believe that working diligently and serving others will bring great results to my life, and so I fill my days with these kinds of things. That, to me, is faith. But faith, as it applies to my religion and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is more important to me than all of these other applications of faith. I believe, with all of my soul, that because Jesus Christ came, lived among men, suffered and died, and was resurrected, I have no need to fear. Through His sacrifice, I can be made perfectly clean, be resurrected myself, and live with God and His children in happiness forever and ever. And what difference does that make in my life? I try to follow His example. I live my life according to His teachings. And, on my best days, I stop worrying about where my personal salvation is going to come from, trust that He has forever taken care of it, and give up my life to do His will and serve His children. That, to me, is faith. Show more Show less