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I'm 49 years old - going to hit the big 5-0 later this year. I've been married since 1983 to my best friend, and we have 5 daughters and 8 grandchildren. I'm a software entrepreneur. I love technology, especially cool gadgets. I love to read fantasy novels, and in fact just finished writing one of my own. I love soccer, running, and other types of physical activity. I've been in 47 of the 50 states (still looking to hit Vermont, and the Dakotas). My favorite movies are the "Lord of The Rings", and that goes the same for my favorite book. I love the outdoors, and am grateful to God for creating such a beautiful, diverse world.
On the one hand you could say I had no choice since I was born into a Mormon family, but I'm a Mormon because I want to be. I'm a Mormon because I've seen what the teachings of the Church have done for me, and for many people I know, and most importantly, I'm a Mormon because of love the Savior and want to live my life in accordance with his teachings. When I was 18 years old I started preparing to serve a mission for the Church. I made a serious and honest effort to read and study the scriptures, pray regularly and live a clean life style. I wanted to find out for myself if the Church was true. For me, it was a deep, peaceful feeling that what I was doing was right. I felt the promptings of the Spirit, and over time came to know that the things my parents had taught me throughout my life were true. Some spiritual experiences are impossible to explain and therefore difficult to share, but I will tell you that the Spirit bore witness to me that the things I was studying, and the things I had been pondering were true. Why am I a Mormon? Because I have felt the spiritual witness of the Holy Ghost testify to me that Joseph Smith truly saw what he said he saw. The Holy Ghost has testified to me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I have felt the comforting peace of the Holy Ghost speak to my soul helping me know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the Redeemer of the World.
From the time our children were babies we have read scriptures as a family as often as we could. Our goal is 5 days per week. We also pray as a family together; once in the morning and once in the evening. We have taught our children the importance of prayer and how to pray. We try to make our home a sanctuary from the world. We don't allow R-Rated movies into our home, we don't watch inappropriate things on TV, and we try not to listen to inappropriate music. We also try to do things as a family such as have our meals together and play games. We're not perfect at any of these things, but we try, and over the years the little efforts pay off.
My faith is part of who I am. I'm not just a Sunday Mormon. I try hard to be honest in everything I do, to treat people with kindness, to work hard and be of value to my co-workers and clients, and to live a Christ-centered life. Some people say the Mormon church asks a lot of its members, and I agree. I'm also very grateful! When much is expected of us, we try harder, we accomplish more, and we become better people. Living the teachings of Christ (and the Church), have helped me be a better husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, friend, businessman, and person.