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Hi I'm Ivan

I'm a father of 5. I love computers and cooking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to create! I wouldn't say I'm artistic in any way, but I do love the process of creating things. I've always worked in the software industry, and while I don't actually write software, I'm closely involved in the creation of software products. Whether it’s a simple application, or a globally implemented enterprise tool, the creative process that moves it from conception to reality is a passion of mine. While my work puts food on the table, I also enjoy making the food that ends up on the table! While I'm a middle aged married man with 5 children, I've only recently discovered that I enjoy cooking as well. Again, not that I'm terribly good at it, but I find the creative process a great stress reliever. My best friends know that when I'm not busy on Saturday, they'll ask me "What are you cooking today?", because they know I'll spend the whole day experimenting with recipes and generally having fun through the creative process. Most of all, I enjoy my family. We have five children with one off to college. We love, laugh and torment each other like anyone family :) ... but my greatest joys come from them.

Why I am a Mormon

While I've been member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) my whole life, I had to have my own conversion to these beliefs. I lived the life of a typical Mormon boy, served a mission, found a beautiful wife, started our family, graduated from college and started my career. My life felt like it was on the track I had always planned. In my late twenties, however, I felt the urge to re-evaluate my beliefs. I looked at every aspect of what I believed, nothing was left alone, and everything was questioned. I came to the realization that I couldn't prove anything that supported or disproved my belief system. It was in that moment that I realized I needed to make a decision based on faith, ask God if they were true, and then live my life in support of that decision. Through that process, I was able to firmly establish in my heart and soul that I wanted to follow the Savior Jesus Christ! I came to the deep appreciation I have for Him, and how I know He is my Savior, and how I cannot be saved without Him! What a glorious realization this was to me when I finally understood it. Reading the Bible and Book of Mormon together is what gave me the foundation of this understanding, but making the decision to follow Christ, and supporting that decision with my actions is what gave me that sweet peaceful feeling in my heart, which tells me it is true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every aspect of my life. While at work, while at church, and when nobody is looking. While at work, I'm a hardworking and give my employer an honest days' effort. I'm friendly to my coworkers and try to be as compassionate as the Savior is to me. I don't bring up religion to people unless they ask me, but I don't mind sharing my experiences, and I'm equally interested in theirs. At church, I recently had the opportunity to serve as Bishop to a congregation for five years. It was a marvelous experience! It was a hard assignment, but there were many wonderful people who worked hard or harder than I did to make sure the work went smoothly. While I hope that I was able to help many people in that capacity, I suspect I grew the most from the experience. Currently, I serve in a leadership capacity to 10 congregations. I work very closely with and provide counsel to the individual who was asked to lead those 10 congregations (He's called a Stake President). While I love all the assignments he gives me, my most favorite is working with the young men and women. Working with them as they grow their own testimonies is such an honor. I can't imagine anything I would enjoy more!