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Hi I'm Chad

I am a dentist in the United States Military currently living in Washington, USA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 37 years old and a father of four beautiful children. My wife and I have been married for over 10 years now and we have enjoyed traveling throughout the world with the military. I love to travel and experience different cultures as well as see some of the beauties this world has to offer. I was born in Utah but lived a good part of my life outside of the United States. My family lived in Portugal and Brazil for three years in each place while I was younger. Living in other countries gave me an appreication for the freedoms and rights I enjoy as an American but also a understanding that we have many things to learn from how other countries do things. Living overseas also instilled in me my great desire to travel and see the world. I finished school in Utah and started college there as well. I took time off for two years to return to Brazil as a missionary. It was a great time for personal and spiritual grown for me. After finishing my undergraduate degree in Utah, I traveled to the east coast of the United States to attend dental school. Also at this time I decieded to join the military to pay for the costs of dental school. It was while I was in dental school that I met my wife. After graduating from dental school we entered the military full time and spent time on the west coast before moving to Italy. I spent a year deployed in Afghanistan. Since then, we have spent time in North Carolina, Germany and now back on the West Coast.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, to be honest, I was raised in the church. That is what started me on my path in this religion. My father's family has been in the chruch for several generation and my mother's mom was a member of the church but her father never was. My parents raised me in a good and loving home where religion was the most important thing in our lives. We grew up knowing that living the gospel of Jesus Christ was the most important thing we could do. The seven of us children never doubted our parents committment to the gospel and I am sure that had a lot to do with the decisions I have made in my life to follow the teachings of Jesus. I have never seriously doubted the teachings of the gospel because they always "made sense" to me. The teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the LDS church have always been able to answer all of my questions about life and what comes next in a way that I have not seen in any other religions I have learned about. While I don't pretend to have the answers to all of life's questions, I know that through reading the scriptures, listening to the living prophets in the church and personal prayer, I can obtain peace and understanding to any questions and concerns I may have. With all of this background in the LDS church, I still had to come to a knowlege for myself that all of it is true. Through multiple small and simple experiences I have had answers to my prayers about such things as: Is the Book of Mormon true? Was Joseph Smith a prophet? Is the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the true church of Christ on the earth? I haven't had any angels appear to me but the still, small, voice of the Holy Ghost has confirmed the truth of these things in my heart. Probably the biggest reason that I am still a Mormon is that it gives me joy and direction in my life. I can't imagine myself happy living any other way.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by trying to serve the way that Christ did. I try to live up to the commandments of God and be honest, charitable, and willing to serve others. I enjoy helping out in the church and have served in various posistions in the church such as teaching young children Sunday School, working with scouts, and serving as an assistant to the Bishop of our local congregation. I have found that as I serve others, I have a lot more joy in my own life. I also try to be a good example of what it means to be a Mormon by living the standards of the church such as not smoking, drinking, using profanity, and striving to be a person of integrity.

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

Chad
We believe the Bible to be the word of God just like other Christian religions. Some of my favorite scripture stories come from both the Old and New Testaments. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Chad
We believe that is is only through the grace of Christ that we can be saved. However, we also believe that faith without works is not enough. We believe that it is up to us to do all that we can in this life to live the commandments of God and that through His grace, He will make up the difference for us when we fall short. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Chad
We believe that God is our Heavenly Father and that he wants us to become more like him and return to live with him someday. The purpose of this life is to allow us to come to Earth to experience life with all of its challenges so we can learn good from evil and make the choices that will allow us to return to live with God. Show more Show less