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I'm a guy with a slight weight problem, but a fabulous family and a good life. I was born and raised in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I enjoy my family, family history, old cars, scouting, barbecue and people. I recently suffered kidney failure and now I'm on dialysis. It's a three-night per week event, four hours per night. But, it's no so bad. At least I can work full-time, eat lots of protein, and live a reasonably normal life...if there is such a thing! I have a son on a church mission in Mexico. We miss him and look forward to his return. He is very happy and feels it's the best two years ever. We pray for him every day, and the Lord has blessed our family immeasurably since he has been serving. My brilliant and talented daughter in high school. She is terrific. She works part time, handles three or four extra-curricular activities, and packs a 3.9 GPA. Amazes me. i barely got through high school. My wife works at a school to help out with family finances. She is terrific; she is dedicated, hard-working, industrious, and capable of anything. She is simply beautiful in every way.
I know by a power greater than myself that the teachings, principles, commandments, and other expectations I subscribe to as part of my faith will make me the kind of man my Father expects of me. I feel real power and ability from the Holy Ghost as draw close to the Savior. I know He is my Savior and Redeemer. I know He was born of a virgin, who never knew a man, having been conceived of God through the power of the Holy Ghost. He lived a life free from sin and weakness. He came to earth to teach us about His Father and our Father, and to show us that Father in Heaven is real, that He is concerned about us, and that He knows everything about us. As a small boy, I remember the first time I heard the name Joseph Smith. It was Sunday School, in the old Stewart House of the Glendale Ward. There, the teacher was talking about the Restoration. The moment I heard the name Joseph Smith, my heart nearly burst. I began to sob. I heard the story of the First Vision and I knew in my heart it was true. I'll never forget the feeling I felt that day; it has since been an anchor of safety to me. As I progressed through teen age years, I felt the Spirit many times; in church meetings, in service projects; while praying and reading the Book of Mormon; while on Stake (part-time) mission. When I was 22, I served a mission and knew I was called by God to teach the people of Louisiana. This was a powerful manifestation to me, and the Lord showed me my role in bringing many people to a knowledge of the Savior and Father. I married and really started valuing my membership in the church. The doctrines, principles, and commandments protect me and help me be a better husband, father, son, employee, and person. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without the blessings of His Holy Priesthood, His manifestation through the Holy Ghost that the things I have learned for myself concerning The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.
I am prayerful. It became easy for me, when I recognized I didn't have to have a lot of words. I could simply kneel down, call out to Father by saying, 'Father'. When I would slow down and think of Him, as my Father, it became easy to thank Him for the goodness in my life and the peace, protection, and happiness I enjoy. After thanking Him, I simply explain respectfully my desires to Father. It isn't complicated; it's simply a conversation. I close 'in the name of Jesus Christ', my Savior. Throughout the day, and during the week, answers come to me. People will come to me, teach me something, and it will be a direct reflection of my prayers. I know prayer is powerful.
I enjoy participating actively in my church. I have taught the youth; I have been a missionary, helping new members understand our faith. I have been a leader, helping organize meetings, projects, and socials. I work with the boys in the scout troop sponsored by our church. Occassionally, I am blessed to work on the church farm, helping the poor and needy with foodstuffs. Even when called to clean the church building, a sense of well being comes over me. I feel the Lord is pleased with my efforts to serve Him and my fellow man. Through the service, life has gone on with all it's challenges. I find that the service in the Church has helped me through so many difficult decisions and hard times. Just when I think challenges will get the best of me, I remember the Savior and the difficulties he faced, and find myself reaching out to serve more. Knowing Him has made all the difference. Knowing the stories of the prophets, both in former days and current living prophets have guided me to better decisions.