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I live in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. My wife and I are the parents of six wonderful children. I studied accounting for my undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. degrees; and I now work as an accounting professor. I love teaching; and I love learning.
I grew up in Sarasota, Florida. My mother was a Mormon; my father was not. Growing up, I would only go to church occassionally. My mother passed away when I was 9; and my father passed away when I was 11. At that point, I needed to know if the things I had heard at church were true. Over the next several years my understanding of the gospel grew. I read the scriptures and prayed frequently. There were some very hard times; but I found that as I tried to live the gospel, I was happier. This kept me trying. I can give many reasons for why I'm a Mormon. I love the people, I love the teachings, I love the anchor the gospel provides in my life. However, when it comes right down to it, I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it's true. It is the church that Jesus Christ established when He walked the earth; and He is at the head of the church today. Jesus Christ died for me, and for everyone, so that we can return to live with our Father in Heaven. We are all children of God, and He loves us more than we can imagine. Perhaps most importantly, because of Christ's sacrifice, we can change. We can become better than we are today. This, to me, is the good news of the gospel.
The gospel means so much to me. Because it has helped me so much, I want to tell other people about it.
When teaching about how accounting scandals come about, I often talk about the "tone at the top," the attitudes and behavior of top management. Harmony in the home, in my opinion, also depends tremendously on the tone at the top. It begins with parents who strive daily to practice what the preach--to be the parents we want our children to be someday. And, of course, spending time together is absolutely essential. Daily family prayer, family scripture study, and fun family activities make all the difference.
The prophet Amos once said, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." The Lord continues his work on the earth today, and has called "latter-day" prophets to assist in that labor. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God--just like Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, and others in days gone by.
God cares about us. If something is important to us, it is important to Him. The Holy Ghost speaks to our heart and mind to provide us with the guidance our Father has for us. It helps me know how to respond to one of my children when they have a question or concern. It helps me know how I can better teach my students accounting. It alerts me to times when I might be headed toward danger (spiritual or physical). It tells me when I've made bad choices, and helps me find ways to overcome the consequences of those choices. It comforts me when times are hard, and directs me in how I can make things better.
Every week at church we take the sacrament. As part of this ordinance we agree to "always remember" Christ. This can be a very difficult agreement to keep, because everyday life is a constant distraction from what is most important. However, for me, this is the key to living my faith. When I'm remembering Christ, it's harder for me to get upset at the person that just cut me off on my commute to work. When I'm remembering Christ, it's easier for me to take some extra time out of my schedule to help a student in need. When I'm remembering Christ, I'm more aware of ways I can reach out and help a neighbor in need, I find the energy to put in extra effort at work, and I'm a better husband and father. I'm far from where I want to be; but when I'm remembering Christ, I get a little closer.