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Hi I'm Lance

I grow vegetable seeds, alfalfa seed and wheat. I have ten wonderful children and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Idaho the seventh of seven children. My parents moved to Washington to purchase a farm shortly after I was born. I grew up loving the outdoors. I married my childhood sweet heart and together we attended Brigham Young University where I received a Masters degree in Agribusiness Management. I had not intended to return to the farm, but by the time I had finished my graduate degree, I had four children and we decided that the farm was the best place to teach our children about how to work and to care for each other. The farm has taught all of us how dependent we are on the blessings of a loving Heavenly Father. We love this beautiful world and appreciate its great bounty. Our family has grown to 10 children, 8 spouses and 11 grand children. We only have one child left at home. We have one son and his wife living in England and we have one son in the United States Marine Corp. The rest of our family all live within 45 minutes of our home. My wife and I love our children very much. The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought such happiness to my family as we have tried to live the teachings of our Savior. Life has brought us many blessings and challenges. I cherish the peace that comes from knowing that my Father in Heaven and my Savior love and care about me and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the joy and peace it brings. I was asked once to list the most important things in my life. I thought about many things but one thing that has become very precious to me is the sweet reassurance that no matter what trial or difficulty I face I know that my Father in Heaven is aware of me and loves me. That brings peace and confidence into my life. I don't need to feel afraid. I wouldn't trade that feeling for anything. I love my Savior. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church. To those I love most, there is no greater gift I could give than to help them find that same peace. A peace that can only come from Jesus Christ. I truly appreciate the guidance that the Church provides. Raising ten children has been a great experience. My wife and I love all our children and we have had wonderful times with them but sometimes we would struggle with how to help them. As we have attended church we have learned things that helped us guide our children. We have learned how important it is to teach them about the Savior.

How I live my faith

I believe faith is an action word. I believe in Jesus Christ and that belief motivates me to try and live as He would have me live. I want to obey his teachings. I live my faith by trying to be a good example to my children. I am fairly quiet and enjoy working with my family but I have also been involved in my community. I served on my local school board for 12 years. I hoped to make the school a better place for my children and their friends as well as a better place for teachers to work. I have taught classes in church, served as a bishop in my ward and still love to work with the youth. I have participated in various farm organizations as I have advocated for those who work so hard to provide the food for a growing world. I live in a wonderful neighborhood. Since it is a rural area my neighborhood covers quite a few miles. We watch out for and care for each other. We all want our children to succeed and I am grateful for all the help that I have received from my neighbors. I enjoy helping them when I can. I am so grateful for the beautiful world I live in. I love seeing the flowers and plants in my yard each day. I love being a partner with my Father in Heaven as he helps me grow food to feed others. I love sharing the gospel with anyone that is interested. My Father in Heaven and my Savior are the source of all my blessings. Serving them and others makes me happy. I pray with my wife and children every day. I farm with two of my sons and we begin our Monday planning meetings with prayer. I have farmed for over 30 years and I know that without His blessings I cannot prosper. I love my wife. She is the most amazing woman I have ever met. She raised 10 children, taught them all to be good adults, made it possible for me to serve others, took care of me, served in the church, keeps the farm books, is my business partner and loves God. We both know the church is true and are grateful to be Mormons.

How does the Church finance its operations?

The Church funds its operations through the voluntary payment of tithes, which is 10 percent of a member's income. I have been greatly blessed through the payment of my tithing. It really is an expression of faith more than a decision about money. It has sometimes been a temptation to not pay tithing but as I have I have received blessings that have allowed me to provide for and care for my family. The Lord has always blessed me with far more that I have given back to Him. Show more Show less