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Hi I'm Brad

I am a husband, father, and an attorney. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a husband to my amazing wife Cortney, and father of 3, one handsome boy and two beautiful girls! Right now, I am an attorney working as an advocate for those with disabilities. I also am the Young Mens' President in my congregation. Marriage, fatherhood, work, and church responsibilities have their challenging moments, but overall they are very rewarding. This gospel has taught me how to be more efficient with my time because it has helped me prioritize. Seek ye first the kingdom of God...

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't know Jesus Christ quite like I do now. That relationship is the example for all other relationships in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying show love to all those around me. I also attend Church meetings on Sundays and share the teachings of the Church with friends and family who are curious. I pray daily and read the scriptures to help me gain knowledge about Jesus Christ. Spending time doing those things with my family also strengthens me and helps me get through the stressful days.  I have learned how important it is to continually challenge myself to be a little better every day. Once I feel like I have made strides in following one aspect of the gospel, I search to figure out what else I can do to align myself with Heavenly Father's Plan for me!

Are Mormons Christians?

Brad
Absolutely! Mormons believe that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ enables us to be cleansed of sin. Our goal is to be cleansed of sin so that we can return to live with Christ again after this life. It is only through Him that we are saved. While other church leaders guide us in our day, none will serve in the same capacity that the Savior of the World does. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brad
We believe that salvation can only come through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Latter-Day Saint worship is reserved for our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. We believe Joseph Smith was a great prophet who received revelation by speaking with the Father and the Son enabling him to restore Christ's church. Like other great prophets (Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, etc.), Joseph Smith is respected as a great leader and a man of great moral character, but should not be worshipped. Prophets today, serving in a similar capacity to Joseph Smith, receive revelation and provide guidance for the world, but are also not worshipped like the Father and the Son. Show more Show less

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

Brad
I've gone to several weddings that have concluded with the words, "'Til death do us part." It sounds sweet and is of course, very traditional. But I know family relationships, especially that of a husband and wife, do not end with death when a couple is sealed in a temple for time and all eternity. Mormons do believe that families can be together forever. A husband and wife (and children) can be "sealed," which means that they are bound together by the powers of God for eternity. These "sealings" are performed in Mormon temples by one who has authority from God called the Priesthood. If being sealed in the temple becomes a pattern for generations, it creates an unbreakable bond and assures that a family will be together forever. I am grateful for temples and the gift of eternal marriage. I delight in knowing that me, my wife, and my children will be able to spend eternity together and know death only severs families for a short time until a glorious reunion. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Brad
The Atonement is three distinct events: 1) The suffering for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of the Savior's death, 2) The crucifixion at Calvary, and 3) The resurrection, which provides the opportunity for us to be resurrected one day. By suffering for our sins, the Savior becomes a mediator between us and our Heavenly Father. We are commanded to be perfect, yet this is an impossible task. At first, it sounds cruel that Our Father would command something that we could never achieve; however, our responsibility is simply to do the best we can. If it truly is the best we can do, the Savior's Atonement will make up the difference, however great it might be. I am so blessed to know that we have a Savior who felt every bit of grief, sin, and infirmity that we will ever feel in our lives and thus, we are never alone. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Brad
I know this answer firsthand because I was able to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in San Diego, California. The goal of missionaries is simply to bring a spirit into your home that you may or may not have ever felt. Usually, their visits will last between a half hour to an hour and will include prayer, scripture study, and discussions about the basic principles of the church. Missionaries may bring a member of the congregation along to help teach. There are a series of lessons to share; however, missionaries are instructed to "follow the spirit" in their teaching. This allows the missionaries to personalize lessons to individuals' needs. The lessons are meant to be interactive, not just a lecture. The missionaries will share experiences, ask questions, and perhaps most important, listen to your concerns and your experiences with personal spiritual growth as you learn. Also, you can expect the missionaries to ask you to do a little homework before they return. Don't worry though -- it will be something simple like reading a chapter or two from the scriptures or attending church. You'll notice the spirit in your home increase as missionaries continue to come and share more. Show more Show less