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I'm a married father of five who has lived in southern California for most of my life.
My parents raised me in the Church. My father's family has a long history in the Church. I have ancestors of my father's side who crossed the plains of America in the 1800s in the pioneer trek to Utah and who participated in the settling of Utah, southern Alberta Canada, and northern Mexico. My mother's family, however, has a long history as god-fearing Baptists living in the South and I count among my ancestors on her side Baptist preachers in Virginia. My mother's parents taught her to love God and the Bible and to try to live a simple life of Christian service. When two Mormon missionary women found my mother in Washington DC in the 1950's, she recognized the truth they taught, she embraced it, and she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when she was 19. Why am I a Mormon? Though I was raised in the Church by good parents, I came to a point in my late teens and early twenties when I decided that I needed to know if what my parents had taught me all those years not only was true, but whether it was relevant and meaningful for my life. I studied the scriptures I thought about the things my parents had taught me I thought about what I learned in the scriptures I prayed to God -- many times -- to know the truth and, most importantly, I decided that I needed to ACT on the truth as I learned it. I found what I believe every true seeker who follows that pattern finds. What did I find? That God lives. That we are truly His children. That as His children we are all brothers and sisters. That God loves us and wants us to be happy. That He sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to teach the way of happiness and to atone for our sins. That though the true Church of Jesus Christ which Christ established when He walked the earth was corrupted and fell away over time, God loved us enough to restore Christ's original Church to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith in the early 1800s. That the restored Church of Jesus Christ is today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most importantly, that when I ACT on the teachings of my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ as taught by their prophets and in the scriptures of their restored Church, I am happy in my personal and family life, I feel their love for me, and I know that I can find my way back to live with them in their heavenly Kingdom.
Four of my five children are grown and have moved far away from home. It's wonderful for me when my grown children call me "just to talk," or to share the happenings of their days, or to ask my advice. Prayer is the way I keep in touch with my Father in Heaven, "just to talk," to share the happenings of my days, and to ask His advice. When I think of God as my Father who loves me and cares about "the details" of my life, why wouldn't I want to talk, and share, and seek counsel from Him through prayer?
I have had many opportunities to serve others as a member of the Church. The Church has given me opportunities to learn and grow in ways I could not have experienced without those Church service opportunities. As a young man, I interrupted my university studies to serve as a fulltime missionary for two years in South America. I came home with a greater love for God's children. I found a wonderful young woman to marry. As we raised our children, I served twice as the Scoutmaster of my local congregation's sponsored Boy Scout Troop. I have served as the lay leader of my local family congregation helping to teach individuals, couples, parents, and children the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have served as the lay leader of a congregation of young college students near my home and have attempted to help young people who are away from home deal with the challenges of living in today's upside-down world. I am currently serving as a teacher of a weekly Sunday School class in which we're studying the Old Testament in depth. Each of these opportunities to serve has blessed my life in innumerable ways, but they all have a common thread: Each has helped me to recognize and remember that I am God's son that all the people around me, as God's children, are my brothers and sisters that I should look upon them as our Savior Jesus Christ sees them and that I should be more kind, loving, understanding, and compassionate to all who cross my path.