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I'm a happily married father of six with three "out on their own," one in college and two at home. I've been employed in the title insurance and escrow business for the past thirty-six years. I love to read (when there's time) and enjoy following my favorite sports teams. My greatest joys are found in being with my wife and family, fellowshipping and worshipping with the other members of my Ward "family," and rendering service through various volunteer efforts in my community which I consider my "civic duty" as a citizen of this great country.
As a recovering alcoholic I was initially intrigued with the concept of hanging out with other people that don't drink. One of the biggest reasons people go back to drinking is their inability to change from their "drinking friends" to non-drinking friends. Not only did the church eliminate that problem, it was also a real life-changing experience to find a huge group of people who know how to have fun without drinking! I discovered that God had not abandoned me, as I had at one time suspected. The reality was that God has always loved me and was trying to talk to me all along, but I wasn't living my life in such a manner that would allow me to hear Him. To discover that Jesus Christ, through His infinite atonement, had already suffered and died for my sins, as numerous and horrid as they were, and that He still loved me in spite of my past, was a glorious discovery. And the more that I change my life, step by step, to allign my thoughts and actions with His teachings, the happier my life has become. I have found that true happiness comes through obedience to the laws and commandments of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have never known such happiness, my marriage has never been stronger, and the love that I have for my family, and they for me, continues to grow as we study and worship together. There is great peace in knowing that my marriage will last forever, and not end at death. And even greater peace knowing that my family and I can live together throughout eternity, if we but remain true and faithful to those laws and commandments. I encourage all to "check it out." You too may know this happiness!
I have found that I am a happier person when I am serving others in some form or capacity. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for about 18 years, and have been called to serve as a councilor to six different Bishops. In that leadership capacity I have found that the harder I work to accomplish the work of the Lord, through the eyes and direction of my Bishop, the happier person that I am. A feeling of accomplishment and having direction in my life is comforting. But only if I am serving others. Understanding that everyone is a child of God, and my brothers and sisters with Christ, makes it easy to want to serve them, simply because I love them.