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Wyoming native who calls Utah home. Husband to a beautiful and amazing wife. Father of two rough-and-tumble sons and a precocious princess/diva daughter. Child of the '80s. Huge fan of the Utes of the University of Utah. Huge fan of the San Francisco 49ers. Love spending time with my family and working side-by-side with my wife to raise our kids. Love to watch American football, golf, and tennis on TV or in person. Love rock & roll music. Love attending rock concerts with my brother. Love to play golf and tennis. Love camping in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Love to read. Love the shooting sports. Passionate about the Second Amendment. I'm a lawyer in private practice, but I don't allow my profession to define me as a person. I work to live and support my family; I don't live to work.
Why am I a Mormon? The short answer is that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is the ONLY thing I have found in my nearly 4 decades of life that brings me true joy and happiness. Read on for the long answer. I was born in Evanston, Wyoming, to parents who are active members of the LDS Church. They taught me right from wrong and raised me up in the Gospel. I grew to know and love the Lord. When I was 8, I chose to be baptized a member of the Church and was very active in my faith. However, my teen years were difficult. I began to question my faith and ultimately chose to rebel to fit in. From grade 7 through grade 12, I chose worldly paths and made many poor choices; some that got me in trouble with the law, and others that just left me feeling empty, sad, and broken inside. I tried to convince myself that this lifestyle was making me happy, but it wasn't, and I knew it. When I turned 18, the reality of post-high-school life set in. I had been accepted into college, but I felt sick inside every time I contemplated leaving home to go to school. But when I allowed myself to think about serving a mission for the Church---something I had long since determined not to do---I was scared, but I felt peace. One day, to their great astonishment, I found myself telling my parents I was considering a mission. I served 2 full years in the France Paris Mission. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but I knew I was where the Lord wanted me to be. On my mission, I built on the solid life foundation my parents helped me establish as a boy. Every good thing in my life, especially my wife and children, can be traced to my missionary service. My life isn't perfect, and I am far from perfect. I have my share of problems to grapple with and crosses to bear, just like anyone else. But living the Gospel gives me the strength to endure it all well. Why am I a Mormon? Because being Mormon and trying to live my religion as best I can makes me truly happy. It's that simple.
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ that stands side-by-side with the Bible. It contains the fullness of the Gospel that was promised by the prophets of old. Each time I read from the Book of Mormon, I feel the negative influences of the world dissipate, and my faith in and love for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ increase. I learn something new every time I read it.
As the years pass, I understand more and more that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has application to EVERY facet of my life. I am also learning that my life is so much better when I forget myself and try to make someone else's life a little easier. It seems like I forget this truth and have to re-learn it every few days, but I know it's true. I live my faith by trying to emulate the Savior and include Him in my everyday life. I look for opportunities to help and serve others. I strive to be tolerant of those who don't share my beliefs.