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I went to school to become a forester. I love trees and the outdoors. I have been married for almost 5 years and have two small boys 13 months apart. I enjoy canoeing, reading and karate.
When I was young, life never seemed to allow me to get my head above water for more than a second or two. I was 19 and it didn't seem like things were going to change in this regard. I wanted to be free from all the baggage that I carried with me each day and know happiness. I looked in several different places but couldn't find what I desired most, which was love, peace and healing. Then one ordinary day while walking back from my morning class at school, I was filled with an overwhelming love. Never before had I ever felt an all encompasing love flow through me. I knew in that moment that there is a God and that He loves me. Things changed after that day. I had not yet found the church but I started looking for wherever God wanted me to be. I quickly found myself being thaught by the missionaries and hearing the voice of a living prophet. The first time I heard the voice of President Hinckley I had another power feeling wash over and a voice tell me "this man is a Prophet of God." From that day forward I have been a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
This knowledge has given me the true direction in which to walk to find happiness. Our society promotes pleasure and to seek after money, cars and a great many other things that satisfy for so short a time. Whereas the Gospel teaches the gentle ways of the spirit and to seek after that which satisfies the soul. It gives you truth about your true identity and your worth to a real and actively participating Heavenly Father.
Sinse the beginning of my activity in the church I have been working with the youth of the church through Scouting or Young Men programs. Seeing the youth stand apart from the pitfalls of our society has strengthened me to strive to be worthy of being their leader. I look back to my teenage years and see now how the gospel could have filled the gaping insecurities and identity struggles I faced. I strive to help them to cultivate a relationship with God and to know who they really are in this world that hasn't a clue. This among many other things brings me closer to God