Hi I'm I. D.
My wife and I have 2 sons and 7 daughters.I graduated from college after I was married and had some of our children. My interests include tutoring grade school children and their parents in mathematics and raisng animals on a small farm. I have constucted projects across the country from New York to California including schools,convention centers, the NFL Bronco Football stadium, a large airport in Denver, communication facilities, nuclear power plants and facilitiesto support our forces in the military. I enjoy working as a volunteer with people in the community on public service projects to improve the our parks and trails to create an environment that benefits children and others enjoying the outdoor experience.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up as part of a family that lived in the country and in small towns in rural Colorado. Mormon elders would come to our home to teach us the gospel over the years. We were interested and enjoyed their visits but did not join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon church). During this time, the Elders preached the funerals of my father's parents and also two brothers who passed away as infants. We moved to a large city and a neighbor came to our house to help us move in. She was helpful in giving information on schools, shopping places, medical and dental services and other resources that were available. She was a great help in assisting our family transistion from rural living to the city life. She informed my mother about different churches in the area as to location and denomination. My mother asked her which church she and her family attended. She responded that her family were Latter Day Saints and gave my mom the location and time of church meetings. A short time later, the Mormon missionaries visited my parents home amd the children were invited by my father to dinner and he told us that the missionairies would give the family the lessons. The example of the kindness of the neighbor and the members of the local church led to all of our family becoming members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After all these years all of my father's family are active members of the Church, This conversion to the Church and accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior has brought great joy to me and my own family. Understanding the great love that our Heavenly Father has for each of us and his plan to make it possible for us to return to His presence and that we can have Eternal Life if we do the things He and Christ have commanded us to do is a mainstay in a life full of uncertainty I Know that Jesus is the Savior of the world and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints is the true church on the earth today.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior not only preached the the gospel, He reinforced his teachings by His example. His life is full of examples of living gospel principles. His compassion for those who were in need is a pattern fot the present day disciples of Jesus the Christ. The healing of the sick and afflicted, the feeding of the people who came to hear Him teach the gospel, His mecy and love for those who were accused of sins by others, and asking Heavenly Father to forgive those that crucified Him. These examples tell me of his love for me and gives me hope that my sins will be forgiven when i make a mistake and I repent and ask for forgiveness. I know that He does not expect me to be perfect but to continouly strive to improve to be a better disciple in striving to be like Him in serving the Lords children.
How I live my faith
Being a member of the LDS Church is a way of life. It is not something that you turn off and on. It is a life of service to all of God's children regardless of their belief, culture, or station in life. We are to live as instructed by Jesus that the first commandment is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, heart and mind and the second commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. He then gave the Parable of the Good Samaritan as an example of unconditional love. Service to others bring great joy to me as an individual. The Church provides a system to serve others that expands an my individual effort. The home teaching program helps me to provide service to other families in our local church unit or "ward". But in the event of disasters such as earthquakes and storms in parts of the the nation or in other countries in the world, church members can provide assistance to distressed families whether they are in the church or they are non member individuals and families. In Colorado in early August, I and other members of the LDS Church including youth provide statewide service to communities that include fixing up homes of the infirm and/or the elderly, constructing trail improvements, cleanup of parks,waterways, streets and roadways. At the present time, there are indivuals and families who are suffering due to lost jobs or other issues related to the economy that provide opportunites to me and other members of the Church to serve others. The support system to family members including fathers, mothers, teenagers and children in the church is essential in maintaining family unity. This has been a mainstay to me and my fanily.