Here are the nuts and bolts about me: My name is Brad McBride, I am happily married to my Eternal Companion (EC) and I have 5 kids, two daughter-in-laws, one granddaughter, and one dog.
I have been running this blog since December of 2010. It is good for me, and hopefully, worthwhile for you. I am probably a lot like you: Trying to make my way through this mortal existence, following the Savior, taking care of my family, and finding things to smile about.
For 26 years I have run a small ad agency in Mesa, AZ. I have spent my adult life serving in the LDS Church in everything from Scoutmaster to Bishop. I’ve coached dozens of little league basketball and soccer teams. I worked with a fantastic humanitarian organization called Care For Life, and served as its President for several years. Most recently became a member of the ANWA writer’s group.
Questions I have been asked:
What do you consider “middleaged”? I am middleaged, if I live to be 100. If I live to be 70, then I crossed the middle about 20 years ago. (Of course Alice Cooper called 18 the middle of life, and he’s 63) They say you are only as old as you feel – so most mornings I am 82.
What is the purpose of your blog? Purpose? There is supposed to be a purpose? Now you tell me. I guess the purpose is simply to write down things that make me think, and make me smile. If I get a smile from my wife, all the better.
My favorite part is trying to help make gospel principals and doctrines more relatable and easier to understand through the use of experiences and explanation. Hopefully, I am doing my part to spread the beauty that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Whence then cometh your wisdom? (Clever Job 28:20, got it.) I have been fortunate in my life to do many things and go many places. You can pick up a lot from paying attention, and reading, and listening, and studying, and praying etc. I also feel sometimes that the “veil” they gave me when I came to this earth is more like a venetian blind than most.
Are you an active member of the LDS church? Absolutely. I am rock-solid and fully committed to the church and the gospel. I’m there with my EC and the FOML every Sunday. Because that is how we roll in the MMM household. White shirts and ties. Soft seats.
The reason I am an active member of the church is best stated by Paul in the famous “scripture chase” scripture Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
The doctrines and ordinances that make that salvation possible are found within the Church. You cannot have one without the other. (Much like Reese’s. Gotta have both the peanut butter and the chocolate.) So don’t start with the “I believe but don’t participate” stuff. The doctrines are divine. – our personal application of those doctrines – not so much.
I love and sustain the prophet, as well as the other 14 apostles. (Made you think) I am fully supportive of them, and you will not ever find me being critical of them, or the things they ask us to do. I find it fascinating that one of the names John uses to describe Satan is “the accuser of our brethren”. (Rev. 12:10) I have very little tolerance for that.
Please do not interpret my silliness with a lack of respect of things sacred. My desire in life is to be fully obedient. Yup. Fully. I fail often. Sometimes spectacularly. Yet you can strive for sainthood and have a good laugh once in a while.
The Lord has blessed me with a life beyond what I merit. My wife and children are amazing. We have been blessed with all of our needs, and most of our wants. (Except for that whole unresolved beach house want.)
Why the initial anonymity? I am no longer anonymous, but for the first four years I was. In case you are curious as to why I began anonymously, here is the answer I used to give:
I might be anonymous to you, but that doesn’t mean I am anonymous to everyone. The people that know who I am know who I am. Have you stopped to think that I could be your Home Teacher, or your kid’s seminary teacher, or the crazy conspiracy theorist that won’t shut up in Elder’s Quorum? I’m not – but I could be.
I know a lot of people, and I don’t want them reading my blog just because they know me. It is really hard to make fun of them that way. Besides, if Aunt Millie started making comments, I’d be done. We’d all be done. But do not fear: What you see here is the real me – just without my name attached.
Oddly, I took a survey and out of 700 readers, 75% said they do NOT want to know who I really am, however the gods of the internet made me come clean.
But now my life is an open book – except for the sealed parts.
Is there anything you don’t know? Oh so very much. I do not know where Lehi landed. The beautiful part of this is that I DON’T CARE. Nor do I care where the “real” Cumorah was located. Nor do I care about “chiasmus” in the Book of Mormon. It is true because it is. God told me so. That I know.