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Hi I'm Hiram

I own a popular educational websites that serves 150 million children worldwide. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the founder of what is arguably the most popular educational website for kids on the Internet. I enjoy astronomy, and salt water fishtanks. Above all, I enjoy my wife, and our seven children. She and I started dating 16 years ago, and have been married for 12. I began my career as an elementary school teacher. I worked for three years as a consultant to school districts across the nation. During this same time, I began working on my educational websites during my spare time. Over the ensuing years, these websites have drawn millions of viewers. Today we receive more than 150 million monthly hits, and employee a small staff. In our spare time, we camp and travel as a family. My beautiful children are involved with a number of sports and musical instruments. I also enjoy playing hockey in a local league, and have season tickets to our local hockey team.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. My parents, grandparents, great grandparents, on up through my great great great grandfather were all members of the church. I have a wonderful heritage, that I treasure. My ancestors belonged to a group of Protestants known as the Waldensians. The Waldensians were among the very first peoples to break away from the old Church, predating by many years the Lutherans, Calvinists, and others. Indeed Martin Luther cited the Waldensians as justification for his movement. They were over the centuries persecuted, and driven to a small handful of valleys in Italy, where a Mormon Missionary by the name of Lorenzo Snow found and taught them. John, my ancestor was converted, and sent his five children to Utah. Only three survived the journey, including my then teenage Great Great Grandfather. Alone, and without the English language, these three children survived through faith, living in a cave on Antelope Island, where they tended the cattle of Brigham Young, the then leader of the Mormon Church. I am a proud Waldensian Mormon. I have since prayed to find out for myself if the doctrines taught and believed by my ancestors are indeed true. By prayer, and meditation, I have obtained a confirmation that this Church is more than just my heritage. It is the very Kingdom of God on Earth. I testify that I do indeed know that this work is true. I do know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that he calls prophets. I know that he called such a prophet in 1820 in the form of Joseph Smith, and that through this young boy that he restored his priesthood authority and the full doctrine of his gospel. I know that this priesthood has been passed down from Joseph Smith by the laying on of hands through an unbroken chain of prophets and apostles until today. I further testify that I know that Thomas S. Monson is today the Lord's mouth piece on the Earth, a living Prophet. I further testify that this same confirmation of these truths can be obtained by any individual who sincerely desires to know, and who is willing to put in the effort to find out.

How I live my faith

I have had the privileged of serving whenever asked, and have been blessed by so doing. During my time as an educational consultant, we lived in a rural part of the United States, where there were very few members of the Church. During this time, I served as a cub scout leader, a primary teacher (Sunday School Teacher for small children), a seminary teacher (for teens on weekdays before school), a councilor to the Elders Quorum President (working with young fathers), and as a councilor to the Bishop (working with families in our area). We later returned to Utah, where I have since also served in a number of positions, including as a youth leader, a councilor to another Bishop, and most recently as the Webelos Den Leader (scouts for 10 year old boys). I have also helped on numerous youth camps, ward camps, parties, activities, planning, visiting sick members, and regular service projects, including our local crop farm, macaroni factory, dairy factory, dry pack cannery, wet pack cannery, and cleaning local churches and temples.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Family is everything. It is the source of joy in this life. Mothers and Fathers work together, uniting to create an atmosphere of love and devotion. A safe haven, where children feel completely safe, totally secure, and unquestionably loved. As a father, my children admire, and trust me. It is my obligation to earn this trust, by living up to it. I work hard to provide for their physical well being, as well as their spiritual and emotional well being. The most important thing that I can do as a father is to set the example for them of how a man treats his wife. By loving my wife, treating her with respect, honoring her, and modeling proper kindness, I teach my sons how they aught to treat their future wives, and I help my daughters to understand how special they are, and insure that they set the bar appropriately high as they search out their own future spouses. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

I am humbled when I consider what the Savior has done for me and my family. I fail to comprehend it. How he took so much from off of my own shoulders and then bore not only my burdens but the burdens of all of those who have ever lived, or whoever will live, it is an awesome thing. To me, faith in him means understanding that I am weak, and imperfect. It means realizing that I cannot obtain eternal life of my own actions or by the sheer force of my own will power. I have sinned, and though I wish it were not so, I will sin again in the future. I lack the ability to save myself. However, through his great atoning sacrifice, I can be forgiven for past mistakes. Just as remarkable to me is that I can also be changed in such a way as to help decrease future mistakes. My heart of stone as it were, can by his grace, be changed into a heart of flesh. Where there was pride, I can, not by my own will power, but by his atonement, find increasing humility. Where there was weakness, I can pray and plead that I be blessed with strength. Though I am too weak to change myself, I can trust in Him, and He will in turn take my weaknesses away, and make me the man I want to be. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The other night, two of my children expressed an apprehension for an upcoming event in their little lives. After discussing this with them, I asked them if they would like a priesthood blessing. They eagerly accepted my offer, and it was then my privileged as their father to lay my hands upon their heads and offer a special prayer, by the authority of the priesthood, sealing these blessings to them, according to theirs and my own faith. The priesthood is the authority to act in the name of God. To do what He would do, if he were standing in our place. It is the governing authority of the Kingdom of God on Earth. It is not an honor that a man can take upon himself. One cannot simply decide that he has the authority to act for God. This right must be granted by those who already possess it, and in accordance with revealed practices and procedures, and only after being authorized to do so. I received the lesser or preparatory priesthood when I was 12 years old. Our local Bishop interviewed me, and then authorized my Father, who already held the priesthood to confer this right upon me. As I have progressed in the gospel, this priesthood has been added to many times, allowing me further opportunities to serve. Today, I am a High Priest, holding what is known as the Melchizedek or greater priesthood. With this authority, I can bless and heal the sick, give blessings of peace and comfort, and participate in various duties and responsibilities within the Lord's Church, as assigned by those with the authority to make such assignments. Show more Show less