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I am the father of eight children, ages 19 to 1. I love to be outdoors much as possible--backpacking, hiking, camping. I have a masters degree in American Literature. I love to read--fiction, history, science. I teach the scriptures every day to high school students as my profession.
I grew up in a Mormon home and I still practice my faith because it provides answers to the most profound of life's questions. It gives me hope and joy. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy.
My testimony of God and His plan is inextricably tied to my love for the amazing world around me. The first time I recall receiving a strong personal witness of the reality of a loving Heavenly Father was on a mountaintop near my home. I was twelve years old and I hiked the near-12,000 ft. mountain peak with my scout group. When I reached the summit I separated myself a little from the group of rowdy boys and looked around me. I could see so much--cities, lakes, rivers, other mountains, forests. I had such a strong feeling that my Heavenly Father loved me, and all His children, to create this amazing world for us. I knew He lived and loved me in a more powerful way than I had ever known before. Since that day I have had many similar experiences in the outdoors. Perhaps because He uses a "still, small voice," being outside and away from cities and crowds allows me to feel the presence of God in a way that is hard to achieve anywhere else.
I currently serve as bishop in my congregation, meaning I lead a group of about 375 members of the church. I read the scriptures daily. This year I have a goal to read the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price (all considered scripture by Latter-day Saints) before 2015.