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I became a CPA after graduating from BYU and worked for Price Waterhouse. I knew that I was in the wrong profession because I wanted to be a businessman and not an auditor. I started SkyMall the inflight shopping catalog when I was 33. It was a great 13 years and I was awarded the 1999 Retail Entreprenpuer of the Year in Arizona due to my efforts. I continue to start businesses and I really have fun in the process. I love the mountains. I enjoy fishing. More than anything we enjoy driving about 2 hours to our family retreat in the mountains where all of us can have fun together. We created a family ranch and lodge in the late 1990's and have built tremendous family memories there. Recently we lost a grandson and as a result we have even now created a family cemetery for all of us at our ranch. Now we have "blood in the ground" there. We feel very strongly that this is a place of refuge from the world. My wife and I have been married over 33 years (since 1978) and have been blessed with 5 daughters and one son. Our children are almost all married now and we have 15 grandkids. My favorite thing to do is to convince my wife to get away to do something fun like visit Woodstock, VT, Sedona, AZ, or Baniff, BC. We love our time together including at least one weekly date to keep the fire burning. I love her more than I can possibly express. She is all about making our home, yard, and ranch beautiful. She loves and fosters beauty in everything around us.
1. We enjoy the benefits of living "in-bounds" in the game of life. We have enjoyed the full benefits of raising our children in a strong religious home. All of us have enjoyed the safety promised by God for those that keep His commandments. We have all avoided the consequences of drinking, drugs, smoking, premarital sexual relations and promiscuity, pornography and most of the other tempting vices from the world. The result has been a healthy and robust attitude about health, good recreational activities and monogamous bliss inside the bounds of marriage fidelity. We do not see ourselves as prudish people but happy people who enjoy the pleasures and joys that come inside the boundaries God has set. It's a wonderful way to live life and have a strong support group around you... your family. We also enjoy trust between family members as a result of not having secret lives we hide from each other or the law. 2. We enjoy our belief that God continues to love and communicate with the human family and knows and loves each one of his children. We can't imagine living without that connection to realtime, current connections with our maker and Father. 3. We enjoy our belief that God provides a way for everyone... regardless of when or where they were born... to return to live with Him. No one is not special. Everyone receives the full love of God. There are unique practices within our faith that hail from this core belief such as temple work and genealogy but this gives us comfort that God is fair and loves all His children. 4. We enjoy believing that we are here on Earth for a reason. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We existed as spirits before this life and will continue to exist eternally. When Steve Jobs of Apple fame passed away recently I find it interesting that his last 6 words he uttered while he looked over his wife's shoulder were "Oh WOW, Oh WOW, Oh WOW!" We believe that we will be WOWed by the love of God after this life.
I have been a scoutmaster for a troop of 36 boys and 3 patrols. Most of the boys received the coveted Eagle Scout award. All of the boys have become great men. Currently I am the President of a 150 Hispanic member branch of our Church in Mesa, AZ. I have served with these members for over 7 years. I learned to speak Spanish fluently when I served a 2 year mission in Uruguay and Paraguay in South America in the mid 1970's. I grew to love and appreciate the cultures south of the border. I am honored to serve with great men and women from Peru, Mexico, Argentina and other Latin American countries. We are all God's children. We are all immigrants to this great country. My wife has served with young women 12-18 years old for most of our lay ministry. She is a natural attractor for most people that she meets especially young adults. We have a "crepe night" each first Sunday of each month for all the youth where we eat awesome crepes with all kinds of yummy fillings and we talk about issues that confront the youth today at school and on-line. Our service has led us to see all races of mankind with equality, kindness and love. I am not sure how this would have occurred otherwise. I am grateful for my opportunity to serve and thereby increase my faith in God and the goodness of my fellowmen.