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First and foremost, I love to be with my family. My wife and I have three children ages 10, 8, and 6. We love to travel together, to learn about the world around us, to hike and enjoy nature, and just have fun being with each other. I am an audiologist by training and currently work as a clinical specialist for a cochlear implant company. It is gratifying to be involved in an industry and profession that makes such a difference in the lives of those with deafness. I am also continuing to grow my professional skills by working toward an MBA degree. In my free time, I love fishing, hiking and being outdoors. However, my favorite pastime is to play my trumpet. I have always loved to make music. Playing trumpet is the one thing I do purely for the fun of it.
I grew up in a Mormon family. I was always encouraged to seek and know truth for myself. In my teenage years I began to question whether or not the things I had learned from my youth were true. I decided there was only one way to find out; I needed to study and to pray. I was taught that if I asked in faith and sincerity, God would answer my prayers. I read the scriptures over the course of several weeks, asking in prayer that Heavenly Father would help me to know the truth of the things I had been taught. I studied the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it is the word of God. I had learned that God communicates truth to His children by the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost helps us to comprehend and understand truth through feelings of peace, love, goodness, and faith. As I read and studied, I felt the power of the Holy Ghost helping me to recognize the truth of the words I read in the Book of Mormon. My desires to draw closer to God increased and I felt that above all I wanted to be and do good. I knew these feelings came from God and knew that what I had been taught as a youth was right. Since that time, I have come to know with even greater conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church on earth. Many experiences over the course of my life have accumulated so as to erase all doubt from my mind. As I have had opportunities to serve a mission and teach the gospel to many people, as I have had opportunities to serve in His church, as I have had opportunities to teach my own children, as I have had opportunities to continue to study the scriptures and words of prophets, the Holy Ghost has, again and again, spoken to my heart. I am a Mormon because I have come to know for myself, beyond any doubt, that God's true church is on the earth today.
Although I went on a mission many years ago, I still remember the excitement of going away from family and home for two years to share the message of the gospel. It is a message that literally changes lives. It is the truth of the message that compelled me to go on a mission. There is, for me, no doubt that the message I shared as a missionary was, and is, a message of vital importance to the whole world. I think you find that motivating force with all missionaries. They go because they know the message is true.
My faith in Jesus Christ is at the center of my life. It brings peace, direction, and stability in an unstable world. Prayer, and scripture study are as a lighthouse for me. They serve as a beacon I constantly look to as I weather the storms of life. I cannot adequately express the gratitude I have for the guidance and direction I find through prayer and through study of the scriptures. I am an Elder in the church and enjoy the opportunities my calling gives me to serve others. There are many opportunities to help and lift others in need, from teaching gospel lessons at church, to visiting and teaching members of our congregation in their homes, to helping with service projects. It is wonderful to be part of a community of believers who truly watch out and care for one another.