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I grew up on a farm in Idaho as the third child out of nine kids. I served as a missionary in Germany. My college degrees are in mechanical engineering. Throughout my career I have worked in the aerospace industry. I have designed and built things that have orbited the earth and landed on Mars. In my free time, I am researching my ancestors to see what went on before me. I also enjoy being with my wife and three kids doing things together. Although this will change as my kids are finishing their college studies and heading out into the world. Finally, I sing in my church choir and in a two hundred member choir. This satisfies my desire to have beautiful music in my life.
I grew up in a Mormon family with many generations of Mormons before me. Although I believed in Jesus Christ and enjoyed the great support from my fellow church members during my growing up years, I really solidified my commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ when I was nineteen years old. At that time, I decided to serve a mission and share the Gospel message full time. That decision sent me down a path full of joy and challenges. From that moment on, I have not worried about where I was headed. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me through all the good and bad times.
When I decided to serve as a missionary, I knew that I had to understand the principles of the Gospel before I could share it with others. I decided to re-read the Book of Mormon cover to cover over a two month period. Because I was reading with a purpose in mind, I would always have a prayer with my reading. The daily prayers and scripture reading helped me feel closer to the Lord. I was talking to Him in prayer and reading His words. Words and phrases would stick in my mind and I would be able to apply those principles in my daily activities. I could feel the spirit of the Lord touching my heart and telling me that the things I was reading were true. They were important for me to ponder about and decide how I felt about them. This was an instructional period in my life that I can think back on how my faith was solidified and my relationship with God became a sure thing. I became confident in my convictions and learned that the Lord could answer my prayers. This pattern continues to bring me closer to God.
My faith influences everything I do. In the church, I have led Boy Scouts to build confidence and help them overcome challenges. I have had leadership roles in congregations and counseled individuals and families. In my community, I run blood drives and help in emergency preparedness events.