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I love to learn. I have an undergraduate degree and studied classical languages, Latin & Greek. I studied Mandarin Chinese at the United States Defense Language Institute, and I have an MBA from BYU. I have spent my career as a Human Resources professional. I love helping people, whether at work, church, home or in my community.
When I was 10 years old, my father embraced the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A year later I followed that example, but it was after some of the typical trials of the teenage yeaars, when I was 17, that I realized that my life needed more direction, and I came to understand the strength of my faith and the blessings that the Lord had in store for me, if I chose to follow Him. I made that choice and my life has been blessed from that day on with more than I would have imagined for myself.
Prayer keeps me close to God and to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love the Lord and He has blessed me so much. I can't imagine not kneeling by myself in a quiet place to thank him morning and night for all that He has given me. I love to bow my head before each meal and either speak for our family or hear my wife or children thank him for the blessings of this earth. I love to gather in a circle as a family each morning and night to pray, and I love to take time when I am outdoors to thank the Lord for this glorious world that He has given us.
I think the things that make the greatest contribution to harmony in our home include singing together, praying together, working together, serving together, talking together, eating together, vacationing together, and reading the scriptures together. There is an obvious theme here of being together, and that makes all the difference. In an age that pulls families apart, even for good activties like sports, lessons, scouts, and more, it takes a lot of effort to consistently bring your family together for periods of time every day, every week, every month and every year.
I am actively involved in service at home, at church and in my community. I have served in many callings in the church and it has given me the chance to love people and learn to help them in the way the Savior did. Whether I was serving as a home teacher, visiting 3 or 4 widows or families a month or as a Bishop with responsibility for a congregation of over 400 of the Lord's children, He has taught me through serving others. I have a love for scouting and have been involved in teaching young men faith and values through the organization of the Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years. I love the aims and methods of scouting that help young men build character, become better citizens and live the fullest lives physically, mentally and morally. Through acheiving rank advancement and merit badges, camping and hiking, and serving in their communities, young men learn to make strong values a part of their everday lives. I have served in scouting at many levels from serving boys as a Scoutmaster to teaching and training adult leaders as a Roundtable Commissioner. I pray every day and read the Word of God. It gives me strength and wisdom that fills my days with direction, helps me make choices that the Lord would want me to make, and makes me want to follow the Lord and help others more each day.