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I'm a husband, a father, a Georgia Bulldog, a contractor, a scuba diver and I'm a Mormon.
I credit four vigilant stake missionaries who independently worked with my mom and dad who were living on separate coasts, but investigating the church at about the same time. These missionaries were instrumental in their conversion to the gospel, and subsequently, I was born of these two goodly parents and raised in an active Mormon household. My testimony of the gospel has been the fruit of my willingness to share it throughout my life. As a called and ordained missionary for the church in Fresno, California, I came to know the truth of the gospel by the Spirit of God.
The Book of mormon teaches the same gospel principles that are taught in all books of scripture; namely, that Jesus is the Christ. All prophets, from Adam through Malachi, and then the apostles from John to Paul taught that Christ was central to the plan of salvation. The bible is a book of scripture beloved by many, and adored by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is also a book that was once written for the believers, and contains the testimonies of prophets and apostles testifying to the believers. The Book of Mormon was written for the non-believers; it was written for the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ. The foundational testimony of Jesus is laid in the pages of the Book of Mormon, and is presented to help all souls come unto Christ.
The concepts of faith and hope are oftentimes confused. Faith is hope in things that are true but unseen. Many people have faith in Christ that he "can" save them, but Hope is believing that he "will." I have faith in the atonement; I know that mankind can be saved through Christ. I have hope that the atonement will be applied to me; that I may be counted worthy of His salvation.
I share the gospel with my friends because I know this to be the most important message they will ever hear. I was saved by the message of the gospel. I would only hope that if my friends had heard it first, they would be willing to share it with me.
I have operated a small construction firm in Atlanta for many years. Recent economic events have made continuing that work impractical. After much prayer and fasting, it was decided that the business would need to be shut down. There were many struggles that we faced in the wake of this decision, including several financial hardships we were forced to endure. Despite these difficulties, my wife and I did all that we could to maintain our faith and to persevere through our trials. I have found that making the decision to have faith in Christ, and believing in his plan is relatively easy in the face of little adversity; however, when you are faced with trials, if you have decided that you will be true to God's plan beforehand, it is much easier to remain faithful during your trials.
I am often asked why I put emphasis on church attendance. As a general rule, my family abstains from working, shopping, eating out and making other purchases on Sundays. We do this, in part, to honor the 4th commandment that God gave the Israelites through Moses as recorded in Exodus; we believe it is God's will that we remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. We hold worship services in our meetinghouses on Sundays to honor the tradition of the Apostles in ancient times as set forth in Acts 7:20 which reads, "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them..." Today we continue to meet on the first day of the week, Sunday. Each week we hold worship services where we take the Lord's Supper (or sacrament). This is administered by men holding the authority from God to act in His name. The sacred nature of these Sacrament Meetings is one of the most edifying experiences of my week. In our meetings we also hear talks on gospel topics given by members and lay clergy. Each person serving in the church does so with no compensation; their service is out of devotion to one another and to God. Each week we also attend Sunday School classes. These classes offer everyone a chance to learn and discuss gospel principles. One of the greatest blessings I get in attending church services is the chance to listen, learn and discuss gospel principles with other members and guests in our church. For our family, Sunday worship does not begin or end at the chapel doors. We have decided as a family to honor our Heavenly Father by setting apart this day from the rest of the week. We perform no unnecessary work or chores in our home. We spend time together as a family, but we also dedicate time for personal reflection, scripture study and genealogical work. The peace we have in our family is something we believe comes, at least in part, through our efforts to attend our church meetings, and keep the Sabbath Day holy.
As a husband and father my most important responsibility is to my family. I work hard to provided them a home wherein they can feel comfort and love. Together as a family we make it a priority to read daily from the scriptures, and to pray together often. Today I have the great opportunity of working with the priesthood in my congregation. As an ordained Elder, I am privileged to render temporal and spiritual service to all whom I am called to serve.