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I've been married to my sweetheart since 1971. We have 5 children and 10 grandchildren at this writing. My favorite pasttimes are anytime spent with family. I have been self employed since shortly after our marriage and in the Financial Services industry since 1979. I love sports, basketball in particular, having played and coached for over 45 years. I enjoy wildlife photography and get up into the wilderness at every opportunity.
I was raised Prostestant in the mid-west. My family was converted to the Mormon faith when I was 16. The Mormon Missionaries came to our door and my Mother let them in. They taught us about the Mormon faith and also about the Book of Mormon as an additional witness along with the Bible to the divinity of Jesus Christ. That the Book of Mormon was a spiritual and secular history of Christ's dealings with the people on this continent, just as the Bible is in the old world. I accepted their challenge to read and pray about the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon. God answered my prayers and I knew the book to be His word. My entire family was baptized that summer, including my parents, two sisters and myself. Within the next year we relocated to the Salt Lake City, Utah area. I served as a missionary for the Church for two years starting as a 19 year old. I served in British Columbia, Canada, where the land and people are beautfiul. My parents paid for my support and I did nothing but preach the Gospel for those two years, in essence putting my life on hold for that time. It was a WONDERFUL experience that I would never trade for anything. My testimony of the truthfullness of the Gospel as taught by our Church has grown significantly over the years. I have continued to study and learn and pray and ponder. I KNOW the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. And if that book is the word of God, then Joseph Smith had to be a true Prophet. And if he was a Prophet than everything he said and did as a Prophet was per the commandments of God. Our entire religion hinges upon the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon. If it is NOT true, it has been one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetuated upon man. If it is TRUE, then it is the greatest story since the birth of Christ. That there is a man upon the earth today who can authoritatively say, "Thus saith the Lord." That His true church has been restored to the earth. I challenge all men everywhere to to take the challenge of the Book of the Mormon. Don't just listen to others. This is too important an issue. You need to find out for yourself. Read, study and pray about the Book of Mormon. See if YOU receive a spiritual witness of it's truthfullness. Your life will change for the better and you will achieve a happiness and contentment that you have never before experienced.
Charity. To love others more than self and to provide service. I am a leader in my business. The Savior has taught me to be a servant leader. I am a better husband and father because of His teachings. I have felt of His unconditional love. I have received His support, help and guideance. Without the influence of His teachings I would be lost, confused, demoralized and degenerate. I thank God every day for His grace towards me and His daily influence in my life.
It is another witness of Jesus Christ. It helps me to understand the Bible better. Where there was vagueness and confusion, a 2nd witness has brought more clarity. It has brought me closer to God. It has made my life more satisfying, more fulfilling, more peaceful and contented. I am happier. The Book of Mormon and the Bible together are the instruction manuals for my life.
I am actively engaged in self-improvement to live a more Christ-like life. I have a long ways to go, but I work on it every day. I am daily involved with magnifying my callings in the Church. Currently I am in instructor & develop lessons to teach the members, I am also the Editor of the weekly church bulletin, the webmaster of our church website and Drive Chairman for the church. Whenever we have a blood drive, or fund raiser I organize and see it through to completion. In addition I and my partner are currently assigned three families in the congretation whom we are 'responsible' for. We check on them regularly to determine any needs or if we may provide service in any way. We teach each family a short lesson once a month as well.