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I'm a retired college administrator/professor. I taught composition, literature, creative writing and the history of ideas in both two- and four-year colleges. My career took me from Salt Lake City Utah to Staten Island, New York to Redlands, California to Readfield, Maine, to Paradise, California. Life has been quite an adventure! My wife and I are the parents of three great kids and grandparents of the two most terrific grandchildren in the world, with more surely on the way. I love to write poetry, fiction, and am the author of Defending Zion George Q. Cannon and the California Mormon Newspaper Wars of 1856-1857. I'm a stained glass artist, fly-fisher, and collector of beautiful old books. My wife and I are completing a mission for our Church, working with Young Single Adults, which has been a wonderful experience. Next up? We have a goal to read through all eleven volumes of Will and Ariel Durant's The Story of Civilization, pausing to read any major works mentioned therein with which we are not already familiar. Oh, and of course we'll also be doing a lot of traveling, so long as our health will permit. Who knows? Perhaps we'll run into YOU along the way!
I grew up in the Church, with five generations of Mormons behind me on both my mother's and father's side. But that is NOT why I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because when I got to be about eighteen I decided I needed to know for myself what religious path--if any--I would follow. Accordingly, I undertook a study of several religions, including Buddhism. But when I finally got around to reading the Book of Mormon, from cover to cover, and praying about it, I received an incredibly strong, personal, witness that it is true. Since then, that witness has been repeated on numerous special occasions. So I'm a Mormon because I'm convinced that it is the one Church on the face of the earth that possesses the full authority of God. But I'm also a Mormon because being a member of the Church, and living my life according to its teachings, has brought me incredible happiness! If YOU are not a Mormon, as well, you are really missing out on something. Next time you see a pair of Mormon missionaries, invite them to visit with you. You'll be glad you did!
The neat thing about prayer is that it can be much more than a simple ritual. It's also more than a means of reaching out to God. Properly understood and utilized, it is a mechanism by which we can communicate with God, in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and by which God can also communicate with us via the Holy Ghost. The most important component to sincere prayer is listening for answers to our questions and problems in life. No, I've never heard God's voice out loud. But I've nonetheless received absolute answers to many, many prayers, sometimes in what might be considered miraculous ways. God lives. He loves us. He knows us personally and He will communicate with us if we'll only seek to know His will by reading the Bible and other revealed scripture on a daily basis and praying to know what He would have us do with our lives here on earth. Now, is that cool or what???
I've had the opportunity to serve in the Mormon Church in various capacities, including as a Bishop, which is equivalent to a Pastor or Parish Priest. But my favorite "calling" has always been teaching the adult Sunday School class each week. I love teaching anyway, which is why I chose it for my career!, but to get to discuss doctrinal matters with others, while striving to better understand God's plan for each of us, well nothing could be more exciting and fulfilling than that.