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I am a dad of three wonderful kids just entering their teens. My wife and I count them as our greatest blessings. I teach middle school science and love it. I enjoy the outdoors when I get some spare time. Fishing, camping, and hiking are some of our favorite activities.
I was born into a Mormon family, my dad was the only active member of the church when he was growing up and my mom joined the church when she was 18. I was raised in the church but had to come to believe the teachings of the church on my own. I know that God lives and that his son came to the Earth and died for my sins so that I could return to live with them again. I know Jesus Christ lives. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's true church, I know that the Church is led by Jesus Christ Himself through a living prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture and that the teachings found therein will bring anyone true joy and happiness if they are put into practice in their lives. I know that we are all children of God, that he knows each and every one of us and loves us more than we can possibly imagine. I know all of these things because I have prayed many times and asked God if they were true and my prayers were answered. My answers have never come in the form of a booming voice from the heavens or from a vision of angels. My answers have come through a feeling of total peace and a burning in my chest that has brought me joy. I am a Mormon because of the things I know to be true. Because of that knowledge, life's trials and hardships are diminished and even when things are rough, I can feel joy and peace. I know that every person on this Earth can share in the same knowledge and blessings that I have received if they will only read the Book of Mormon and ask God, in faith and humility, if it is true.
Several years ago when I was finishing up my teaching degree, my wife and I started praying about where I should apply to teach, we were living in Idaho at the time but felt that we would go anywhere. I began to feel a strong impression that I should apply to teach in Las Vegas. I wasn't too sure about that because I didn't think of Las Vegas as a good place to raise a family, but the more I prayed the more I felt that I needed to apply in Las Vegas. I followed the inspiration that I was receiving and applied to teach in the Clark County school district and was immediately called, interviewed, and hired. Moving to Las Vegas was a whole other set of wonderful experiences but we got there and were not sure why the Lord had sent us there. The cockroaches in our apartment, the casinos, and other negative influences were not very welcoming. We got our oldest son into school and then found out that our younger son qualified for free preschool through the school district because of a hearing loss. It was an amazing blessing, he was helped in so many ways and worked with a wonderfully patient speech therapist and by the time he started Kindergarten his speech was perfectly normal and he had learned how to watch the teachers' mouths to make sure he understood what they were teaching. We lived in Las Vegas for only two years before the Lord sent us elsewhere but if we had not followed those promptings our son might not have received the help that he needed. It was a blessing that we did not foresee but the Lord did. I know that God answers our prayers. The answers may not be the answers that we want or come when we want them to come, but our Heavenly Father knows what is best for us and he will guide us if we seek after him earnestly.
I have found my greatest happiness in serving others. I am not perfect by any stretch of the term and I work each day on being a little better but when I serve others my other cares and worries fade away. I try and help my neighbors in any way that I can, that might be shoveling snow, pulling weeds, digging dirt, or helping out with the sick. I serve in my church in many ways teaching, organizing, and anything else that needs done. I serve my family by teaching my children correct gospel principles and helping them with their schoolwork, we also have family prayer together and study the scriptures together. Again, I am not perfect and have a long way to go but I find happiness in serving others and that is how I live my faith.