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I am married to a wonderful woman and we have two wonderful boys. We live outside of Washington, D.C. I currently work in web site management, serve as the Cubmaster for two Cub Scout Packs, and as a stake athletic director. My first love is baseball, I majored in linguistics, have a Masters in Sport Management, love the gospel and am doing the best that I can do to obey the commandments and raise my family.
I have been a Mormon my entire life. My paternal grandfather joined the church in California when he was a teenager, and my mother joined the church when she was a teenager as well. My parents met at BYU and married two years before I was born. They raised me in the church and taught me the principles of the gospel in the home. That being said I had to develop a testimony for myself. Unlike converts who can pinpoint the moment in time when they were converted, I would have to say that my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel came gradually over the years. As long as I can remember I always had a testimony of the gospel and knew that my Savior loves me. Being human, we all have our weaknesses, and despite a period of "going through the motions", I have never lost that testimony. Over the years I have developed a spiritual understanding that this is the true church, and as I've read about the history of the church and the prophecies of what's been foretold by ancient prophets, my mind has been able to recognize the human events that, if studied with an open heart, will show the learner that this church IS the rock cut out of the mountain as foreseen by Daniel of old. (Daniel 2)
I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he actually saw Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father in a shady grove in upstate New York in 1820, just as he said he did. How do I know this? By prayer and asking God if it actually did occur. On numerous occasions, in my prayers or simple moments of reflection on the topic, I have felt an overwhelming peaceful presence confirm to me that Joseph Smith indeed was a prophet of God.
Growing up I was a little bit leery about serving in the Church, but now that I am an adult, I realize the importance of serving where we are called to in the kingdom of God. As the priesthood holder in our home, with two small boys, I look forward to teaching them the gospel and reading the scriptures with them. It's been exciting recently to see our oldest, who is just over two years old, start to understand the stories of Jesus and expect scripture readings before bedtime. He also loves to re-read and re-watch the stories of David and Goliath, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fire, Daniel in the lions' den and Jonah in the whale. I'll admit I'm imperfect. I've made mistakes in my life, but I am grateful for the atonement and that a loving Heavenly Father gives us multiple chances while the world gives us very few. I try to learn from my mistakes, and seek ways in which I can be of service to other people, even strangers on the street. I love the phrase: "Love all. Serve all." That is exactly what Christ asks of us.