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I am married to a beautiful woman and have four sons. I work hard as a lawyer and find satisfaction in the work but enjoy more my evening and weekend time with my family.
I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was sixteen years old. I was a Protestant preciously and enjoyed my church and friends. However my church could not answer the most basic question: Who, or what, is God? I can remember my Sunday School teacher when I was six putting the other students' ideas about God on the chalkboard and agreeing with them: "God is the sky, He is the sun, and He is a beautiful tree." Those were nice thoughts but they only confused me. I decided I would find out the answer to that question and other big questions sooner or later in my life. My family moved from Wisconsin to California when I was thirteen. I joined a Mormon Boy Scout Troop there. My good friend Steve gave me a Book of Mormon and taught me about it, the LDS Church, and how to pray. It took me a couple of years, but I grew to understand who God was and what His plan was for me. That changed everything. It gave color, meaning and purpose to my life. When the Church missionaries asked me to be baptized, I knew that Heavenly Father wanted that for me and that He would bless and magnify me if I said yes. So I accepted and joined the Church, trusting in Him. I have never looked back. Through thick and thin, the Gospel has been there for me and has been a steady rock that never changes. My quest to get to know God has led me to an ever closer relationship with his son, Jesus Christ. The more I get to know Him, the more I love and rely on Him. Being a Mormon has made life easier and better. It's been easier because it's kept me from drug, alcohol and tobacco addictions and away from distractions and problems such as chasing after money or women. Instead I love and support my family and Church friends, and they do the same for met. Life has been better because my knowlege of Heavenly Father's plan for me has deepened my joys and comforted my sorrows. The LDS Gospel is true, and it works!
I live my faith by keeping the Lord's commandments, remembering Him, and trying to be like Him. I ponder life, pray to Heavenly Father, and try to study the sriptures daily. On Sunday, I lead my local church unit as the Bishop. This is an upaid position, but it brings great blessings into my life. I am privileged to serve my Church friends and thereby get to know them better and help them in whatever way I can. But the more I try to serve them, the more they add back to my own life! One of my favorite things to do spending time with the young men and young women of our ward - camping, hiking, volleyball, temple trips, dances and much more. They inspire and uplift me. They are the future leaders of the Church and of their own families. So I take very seriously my resonsibility to set a good example and to love them, as well as to respect and teach them the truths of the Gospel. I probably lived my faith the most when my 19 year old son was killed in a tragic shooting incident in 2006. My wife and I saw it happen. Thanks to the Gospel, we forgave the perpetrator, and we know our son is okay and that all of the blessings of life on earth that he missed out on will be restored to him in due time. The Gospel gave my wife and me the faith and power to hang on as we grieved the loss of our boy. Through this tragedy, believe it or not, our family has grown closer and stronger in our faith. We know that the Lord Jesus Christ is taking care of our son, and that He will do the same for all the rest of us too. And so it is that I live each day one at a time, the good and the bad. But I know that the bad times can and will strengthen me, and I also know that God wants me to have joy in this life, despite the occasional bitter challenges that come along. Thus I seek, and have found, much joy and an abiding peace in a world where so many are unable to do so.