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Interestingly, there is a lot about me that some people can relate to, and others that some people cannot. I was born into the LDS faith in 1977, although we were not the most strict about living by it. Part of the reason I think was because we moved around a lot with my father in the Navy. However, like stereotypical Mormon families, we had a lot of children, and I think (at times) my family found it overwhelming to try and attend all the time. When I met my wife, oddly enough, she was dating my Stake Missionary companion. Through a very mutual agreement, the two of them split up, and she and I began dating. She was Lutheran, and as such, one of the biggest things that I attempted to avoid when dealing with our wedding plans, was avoiding the issue of what to do with our children - especially when it came to baptism. I refused to allow my children to be baptized until they were ready to do so, which meant it would be their decision to make. Her pastor was not happy with this, but for the sake of peace, she agreed to let it go. For many years, I never pushed religion toward my family. Then, while I was away doing some training for the Army, my wife began attending church with our children. Upon my return from training, she began taking discussions with the Missionaries, along with my daughter. In April of 2012, they were both baptized, with my son scheduled to be baptized in May of 2012.
Oddly enough, I have spent a lot of time away from the church over the course of a good many years. The main reason has been to keep peace in my family, and to allow my children the opportunity to choose, since my wife and I were of different religious backgrounds. Through the years, we have had many difficulties. Our son has severe ADHD, which has meant the prospect of him behaving himself for an extended period of time (say church, for example) was nearly impossible. In addition, with my time in the Army, I had become less of the most perfect example of what a member would be. And yet, through out the time, something was missing. My wife and I both knew it, yet neither knew exactly what it was. After she began attending, as well as my children, we noticed an extensive, and remarkable change in our children. They behaved more, and listened to us, and respected each other more. A turn around in them, I have never seen so amazingly. The piece that seemed to be missing from our family, for all this time, was apparently the gospel. Now, we spend as much time as we can, reading scriptures, watching church movies and General Conference, praying with each other, and doing what we can to enrich our lives in the church.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to do much in the line of living my faith, so far as helping others within the church. However, I have never denied that which I knew about the church -- that it is true. I have spent a good many hours, and days discussing religion, theological possibilities with those in the Army, that have been calmed down from the probability of a debate, or argument. They have appreciated my attitude, and as such, become much more open to the idea of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.