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Hi I'm Craig

I am grateful for good things.

About Me

I am a father of four boys (ages 25,23, 21, and 15) and have a wonderful wife. My wife and I love to spend time together and try to devote as much time as possible to being with our children, even as they are getting older and leaving the nest. We recently found out we are going to be grandparents and are so excited.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel so blessed to have grown up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was born as the third child of seven children. I have five brothers and one sister. My parents were active members of the Church when I was growing up so I also grew up as an active member of the Church. I never questioned whether the teachings of the Church were the teachings of Jesus Christ. I served a mission for the Church to Sapporo, Japan when I was nineteen years old. On my mission, I went through a period of time when I struggled being away from my family, living in a foreign country, and trying to adjust to the activities of a missionary and learning to be out on my own. I learned to pray fervently to our Heavenly Father and express my deepest feelings to Him, just as I would express personal feelings to a close friend. Prayer became a treasured activity for me then and has been such a blessing to my well-being throughout my life. Reading the Book of Mormon also contributed to the character building that took place on my mission. I remember so vividly feeling the power of the truths that are contained in the Book of Mormon as I read the book on my mission. I recall being so anxious to return home to our apartment daily during a specific period of time on my mission so that I could read the Book of Mormon. I just could not get enough of the words that were written there. I still feel that excitement toward the Book of Mormon as I continue to read it now. I am so grateful for the truths that the Book of Mormon contains. Finally, on my mission I began to recognize impressions that I felt in my heart that I learned I could follow for every day guidance. I have followed these impressions throughout my life and they have been a great source of guidance for my family and I.

How I live my faith

I was recently released as the bishop of our congregation. I served in that capacity for 5 years. It was a lot of time commitment, but it was very rewarding and I learned so much. I am grateful for that opportunity. I am now helping with the young men ages 16-18. I really enjoy that also. I am also assigned to visit 2 families monthly with my youngest son as my companion. I love how the Church encourages this home teaching program so all members of our congregation are visited monthly. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I want to share it in any way I can. I try to live the standards of the Gospel because I know that living those standards is the only way to true happiness. I have experienced a variety of difficulties and challenges in my life, just as all individuals do. Having a knowledge of the Gospel helps me have perspective during these times and gives me hope to press forward with hope, even though life's challenges can be very difficult. I believe that our purpose here in this life is to experience a variety of scenarios to help us grow stronger as individuals. As a part of these scenarios, we will experience both happiness as well as discouragement. I have experienced and am grateful for both.