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I was raised on three continents as we moved often with my Dad being an Air Force pilot. I was born in France and attended middle school on an air base in Japan. When my parents finally settled down early in my high school years, I was ready to put down roots. I wanted to be able to answer the simple question, “Where are you from?” I now call suburban Utah my home. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife and together we have three married children & three grandchildren who live close and who brighten our days. I tend to be analytical, perhaps to a fault. I even analyze my analysis. In my profession I apply those skills to the marketing communications world. I have been privileged to be a part of the team charged with finding the best way to communicate the truths of the gospel to the world. And although I’m approaching 30 years since I graduated from college, in many ways I feel like I’m starting over in my career because of the way the internet and technology has dramatically changed communications. The transition has been challenging but exciting. I enjoy team sports although my playing days are over. I’m particularly drawn to baseball with its lengthy and storied history and its wealth of statistics that begs for analysis.
Here is where analysis fails me in that I can’t point to a proof or a decision matrix for support. My faith is founded mostly in feelings. I have repeatedly found feelings of peace, joy and comfort as I’ve tried to follow the teachings of Christ as taught in His restored Church. I can also say I have felt the absence of those feelings when I have strayed from those teachings. It is my testimony that those feelings are from the Holy Ghost who testifies of truth. Some would have you believe that observing a religion is only about improving your lot in the hereafter. I certainly believe that but for me I have found the most happiness here and now by practicing the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For me the Book of Mormon has great power in its words but it has even greater power beyond its words. I spoke with a man just before his baptism into the Church who had been a minister of another Christian faith for many years. He said, "I never really understood the Bible until I read the Book of Mormon." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Joseph Smith are a house of cards easily toppled if the Book of Mormon is false. I know that it is true and is a powerful complement to the Bible giving us another witness of Christ.
Hopefully the best expression of my faith is following Christian principles towards God and others. I also serve in our local church organization. I’m currently serving in largely an administrative assignment, assisting in the coordination of a group of 9 congregations in our community. This assignment also gives me several opportunities to teach and to speak to various groups.