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Hi I'm Craig

I'm a Business Executive and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have 6 children--ages 23 to 8. Three of my children attend college now, the others are in Elementary and Middle School. I'm an executive for a large American company. My work has taken our family to China 8 yrs and to Europe 2 yrs. My background is in Engineering and Business from BYU and from MIT. My hobbies--when I have time for them--are blacksmithing, gardening and sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. However, one thing you may know or will soon is that Mormonism is a faith of real commitment--something you don't necessarily do if you personally are not convinced of its truth. I have felt since I was a very small child that there really was a God, an all-knowing being who had a connection to me. In Mormonism, I understand clearly the connection that I have to God and what the whole purpose and design of my being is. I believe that God really is the father of my Spirit just as Paul taught to the Hebrews. When I declare that "I am a child of God," I really mean it--a physical, hereditary relationship with a Heavenly Father and Mother. As I came to learn of Jesus Christ, I came to believe that he really is the son of God and my personal savior. I believe the New Testament literally when it claims that Jesus Christ is the "only begotten son of God." That parentage and his perfect life qualified him to perform the atonement. Ultimately, though, I believe it was his love for me and all people that compelled him to perform the atonement. This knowledge of God and His son Jesus Christ and Christ's atonement--which started just as belief--has given both great meaning and direction to my life. Each day I live according to this knowledge I am assured more and more of its truthfulness.

How I live my faith

The most significant way I try to live my faith is by trying to love and serve others--no matter who they are. I am inspired particularly by Matthew 25 where the Lord teaches us that by serving others we are really serving God. I am far from perfect in my love and service for others but I try continually to improve. At church I work with the youth--specifically the young men ages 12-13. As part of that, I am an assistant Scoutmaster for the scout troop sponsored by the church. As a family we try to get involved in community service needs. We have worked as a family at the food bank in Atlanta and for an organization called "The Global Soap" project that recycles hotel soaps for use by those deprived of such a basic necessity. Finally, I simply try to invest my energy to lessening others burdens by stepping outside my comfort zone to get to know and appreciate others for who they are and for the struggles that they heroically face everyday. The world is really filled with amazing people, isn't it?

Are Mormons Christians?

Quite honestly, Mormons don't recognize the "Christianity" so often used by others to determine whether a religion is Christian (belief in the trinity, for example). We believe simply in Christ as we understand him in the actual text of the Bible. If someone or some church's measure of Christianity conflicts with what I see in the Bible, I respond: "I guess you're right, by that definition we are not Christian perhaps we would be better characterized as followers of Christ as taught by ancient and modern apostles and prophets." Frankly some of the most compelling witnesses of Christ as my personal Savior are found in the text of the Book of Mormon--ironically a text considered by some to be "un-Christian." One of my favorite passages is from a Book of Mormon prophet leader who said: "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Show more Show less