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Hi I'm Bradford T.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a university student majoring in math. I come from a family of six children. I grew up in Texas. I love to travel and I've been to many places in Western Europe and some of Asia. I also like to read (mostly nonfiction), play the piano, run marathons, and learn languages.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I am a Mormon. Mormonism creates tight-knit communities of believers that love and support each other, where we learn to work peacefully with other people as well as how to serve with compassion and effectiveness. I feel at home in the Mormon community and I think it has a positive effect on my character. Mormon doctrine is at once pragmatic and inspiring. I find it to be the most consistent doctrine of any belief system I know, as well as the one that most inspires me to try to improve myself and the world around me. Most importantly, I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that the gospel is true. This is the most important reason for anyone to learn about and embrace Mormonism.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve in my local congregation with the Sunday School program. I make sure all of the teachers have what they need and all the classes are running smoothly. Occasionally I'll teach the classes or hold teacher improvement meetings. I also "home teach," or visit a few members of the congregation regularly to make friends and make sure that all of their needs are being met. Aside from that, I serve on an "Activities Committee," so I help plan and carry out parties, service projects, trips, etc. with my local congregation. Personally, I pray and study the scriptures daily, do service in the local community, and try to be as much like Jesus Christ as I can.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Bradford T.
We have "clergy" in the sense that we have leaders on local and worldwide levels, but all leaders serve on a voluntary basis. This helps to ensure that our leaders' motives are pure, and that they are serving out of love rather than greed. It also means that money donated as "tithing" will be used for the legitimate functions of the church rather than for a clergyman's bonus. Another benefit of the church's organization is that it eliminates the separation between the clergy and the regular members. All willing members are asked to serve in some capacity, whether as a leader, a teacher, a clerk, or in any of a host of other positions, but each church assignment is only temporary, lasting maybe a few years or less. Thus, someone who has a "small" assignment one day could be asked the next day to become a leader of a congregation (bishop) or even of a whole area of the church. This way all members get to learn new things from new assignments without rigorous training, but aren't too attached to any because they're not dependent on them for salary. Show more Show less