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My parents taught me the importance of service to the community from an early age. My Dad was propably the most recognizable man in our town, due to his example of service and living a Christ-like life. I have taken that example to heart by being involved in community organizations, service clubs, non-profits, and neighborhood groups. Luckily, my employer encourages this type of involvement, and an understanding family helps support my causes too. In my mind, no community in which you live is too big to allow a person to be involved. In fact, the need usually grows with the population. Hopefully those who know me consider me an example of a Christian first, and Mormon second. I heard a talk in Church once that gave this quote: "God's gift to man is life. . . Man's gift to God is what he does with his life."
Growing up in a strong LDS family doesn't guarantee that one automatically will be a faithful member of the Church. It has to be a decision that you make individually, with much prayer, reflection, and desire to do what Heavenly Father would want you to do. I made my choice early, but that choice has been strengthened year after year.
The Savior admonished his disciples to "Love one another, as I have loved you." It's my goal to be a disciple, and love my family, my neighbor and even those I have yet to meet. Serving them is a demonstration of that love.
Being a Mormon is not a Sunday only type of religion. In fact, it is so embedded in my life, I consider all my actions a reflection of my Faith--every hour of the day. It's not something that can be turned "on and off." As a true convert, I feel blessings of membership and service. Currently I serve in my Ward as an Assistant Nursery Leader (at the side of my Sweetheart who is the Leader), as well as Ward Choir Director (also at the side of my Sweetheart who is the accompanist). Being a Home Teacher is also an opportunity for service in the Church, with four families under my stewardship (and you guessed it--my Sweetheart is my companion). Past callings have included serving in five Bishoprics, as an Elder's Quorum President, in a Stake Presidency as Clerk, and full time mission to Bolivia.