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Neon Trees star Elaine Bradley talks about Mormon faith in new YouTube video

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Fri, April 4 9:41 p.m. MDT

 Elaine Bradley, drummer for Neon Trees, recently released her own \

Elaine Bradley, drummer for Neon Trees, recently released her own "I'm a Mormon" video.

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It has been more than four years since alternative rock band Neon Trees released its first album, "Habits," and success has followed the Provo-based group ever since. Neon Trees released another album in 2012, and now the group is publicizing the release of its third album on April 22.

But one new release that may not be familiar to fans is drummer Elaine Bradley's "I'm a Mormon" video. In the YouTube video published just this week, Bradley explains her passion for drumming as well as her beliefs as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In the video, Bradley shares her journey toward God and how she formed her own relationship with him.

"I find that I feel so much better, and so much more myself, when I follow the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than I ever did when I didn't care about what they were," Bradley said in the video.

"I feel more alive, almost, which sounds so cheesy. But it's true."

On Bradley's Mormon.org profile, she explains why she is a Mormon.

"I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. It sounds simple, but everything really hinges upon this one thing," Bradley's profile states.

"Quite possibly the coolest thing about it, is what it means. ... If Joseph Smith was given the Book of Mormon by revelation, then that means that he was a prophet, which means that God still calls prophets to lead his people. What a blessing!"

In an interview with The Mormon Women Project in 2011, Bradley spoke about her childhood. Although she grew up a member of the LDS faith, she explained there were many years when she did not want to follow the teachings of the church. With a goal to attain worldly fame, she became involved in drugs.

"For some reason, I romanticized (drug use). It might be because I had older siblings who were kind of getting into it, and these were people I idolized. I went down the wrong path and stopped thinking about God and the church because I knew that if I did, it would mean something, and I would have to change something," Bradley told the Mormon Women Project.

But after having a discussion about religion with a Christian friend, Bradley realized the importance of having a relationship with God.

"I remember I started researching what the Bible was all about, just very fundamental topics," Bradley said in the Mormon.org video. "And so I remember being so surprised and excited that there was this Jesus Christ who was my Savior. So that created the natural desire for me to want to stop drinking. There was never a moment where it was like, 'This is the last time.' It just kind of stopped."

Bradley later served an LDS mission to Frankfurt, Germany, and she continues to stick by her faith and standards. As a band, the members have agreed to refrain from drugs and alcohol.

"The idea that drugs are synonymous with rock 'n’ roll is an assumption and an unnecessary connection. Not to say that rock 'n’ roll musicians don’t do drugs. Many do. I’m just saying that it’s not necessary to do drugs in order to produce good music and to be successful in this business," Bradley told The Mormon Women Project.

"I really try to include God in my decisions about music and the band. I ask him to open doors or close doors as necessary. I kind of keep an open heart about it. Before, I was too afraid to talk to God because I didn’t want to get a 'no' answer. I think I’ve learned through my life’s experiences to be more honest with Heavenly Father."

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com | Twitter: @Sarah_DNews

I'm Elaine Bradley and I'm a Mormon

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1. Nan BW
ELder, CO,
April 3, 2014

This is worthy of publication. I by-passed reading it for awhile, and I am glad I took time to read her perspective. Great examples are worth far more than we realize.

2. dgdrummin
Ogden, UT,
April 3, 2014

Very cool. Not easy being in the industry and standing for something. Thanks for sharing.

3. J-TX
Allen, TX,
April 4, 2014

Good stuff.

On one hand, it is a shame that so many of us had to go through experimentation phases away from the Savior, and all the pain that entails. Would I rather not have? Sure.

On the other hand, the Church might not be very strong or interesting without people who appreciate the atonement of Christ so much because he literally rescued them from sure destruction. The testimony of one who has overcome with God's help, who has laid huge burdens at Jesus' feet is deep and priceless.

4. USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT,
April 4, 2014

How cool is this? I love Neon Trees and had no idea.

Man, with Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Imagine Dragons and Elaine Bradley (Neon Trees), it's not normal to Mormon and ROCK!

5. USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT,
April 4, 2014

Correction: It's NOW normal to be Mormon and ROCK!