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My world revolves around building and creating - working on projects around the house, designing model airplanes and CNC machines, engineering aircraft parts and fabrication tools at work; and now, building a family of my own. I grew up around airplanes, got a job at a mechanics shop at the local airport in high school, studied mechanical engineering in college, and I've worked in the aerospace industry ever since. I love the thrill of leaving the ground and the grace of smooth landing. Aside from flying, I like to work with my hands (cars, woodworking, gardening), spend time in nature (camping, hiking, biking, swimming), and grilling delicious food. I love guitars and music. On the geeky side, I like to dabble with computers and build circuits for microcontrollers as a hobby. I also have a great time chasing my kids around the house and playing hide-and-seek.
The more time I spend with my kids, the more I realize how many childish tendencies I still have and what a short-sighted understanding of life I must still have compared to the grand plan. How frustrating it must be for a heavenly parent to watch me struggle -yet again- as I cling to doing it "my way." And yet, a wise Heavenly Father has a plan and a purpose that he has always extended to his children - through the prophets who wrote the Bible, our Savior's life and teachings, and through his spokesmen today who stand as the modern-day prophet and apostles. I've learned by experience that God loves me as much as I love my children, and that I can trust Him as he hears my prayers and teaches me to do it "His way." And although it may be less popular and more challenging, without fail, the Lord's way is what brings the most meaning and happiness into my life. I am a Mormon because God answered my prayers many years ago when I asked to know if He really appeared to the prophet, Joseph Smith, and helped him translate the Book of Mormon. The answer came as a pure feeling of peace, clarity, and warmth through the Holy Ghost. And that same sure spirit has preceded miracles in my life since - in rescue of financial failure, in the way I was led to meet and marry my wife, in the panicked hospital room where my daughter was born, and in clear & timely guidance in life-changing events since.
In my personal life, I try to include the Lord in my challenges and concerns, hopes and successes. It changes my perspective and gives me confidence to know that my Father is both: on my side through difficulty, and counting on me to extend a helping hand or word of encouragement to others. In a formal setting, I get to help teach a class each week for those new to the church. And I'm assigned to watch over a few families and individuals in our congregation and visit with them each month so that when hard times come up (e.g., illness, injury, unemployment, pregnancy, whatever) others of us can jump in and help. In the ever-changing, ever more mixed-up world that we live in, I believe it's important to recognize the good and accept truth from all sources. I've found that the Spirit of love and hope, humility and patience, and a determination to learn and do what's right always leads to a happier life and a closer connection to God and his truth. I hope I can be supportive of good people of all faiths, and refrain from judging those who choose to live a lifestyle different from my own. Even if it takes me a lifetime, I hope that my daily efforts will help shape my manner and temperament to reflect something of Christ's patience, humility, and loving acceptance.