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Hi I'm Lance

Though I was born in Canada, I grew up in Louisiana. I am a husband, father of two, and a nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I don't know when I learned to read, but I do know that ever since then I have always made time in my life for a good book. I like a good story. I like to see the hero overcome obstacles and persevere to win the day at the end. My own story starts with me being raised as one of eight children; I was one of the "little kids" though now I am the biggest kid in the family. My parents and siblings taught me how to work, care, and love. My father taught me that any task large or small could be accomplished with planning and preparation. My mother taught me that the risk of failure was not a good enough reason to not try something new. My siblings showed me that the opposite of jealosy was rejoicing in each other's successes. My wife and are celebrating nearly 15 years of marriage and are preparing to welcome are third child. My wife and children have taught me patience, kindness, and Christ-like love. I find myself busier then ever - I work as a nurse; I am continuing my education; I have church responsibilities; and I am a father and husband. My story moves at a fast pace, yet I still find time to play golf with my brother-in-law, play legos with my son, and take my wife out on a date. Did I mention I still like to read a good book? I know that I am the hero of my own story and that while there are still obstacles to overcome I am going to persevere to the end.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was maybe 10 or 11 years old I told my mother that I wanted to stay home from church. She said that would be fine - it was my choice. She left it at that and exited my room. When I realized I had a choice, I realized I actually wanted to go to church to be with my friends and family. I think my mother knew all along what I really wanted was a choice in the matter. After all those years I still have a choice and I choose to be at church worshipping with my friends and family. I believe Jesus Christ when he said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." I know that if I am going to return to live with my Father in Heaven I am going to have to follow the Savior's example, teachings, and promises. Lastly I will be relying on His saving grace provided by the Atonement. Because of His sacrifice I am able to repent of my sins and overcome them. Not only will following Christ help me in the long run, it helps me in my everyday life. Being a Christian has made me a better person and I like that - I think those around me like it too. Being a Mormon has helped me to develop a relationship with and an understanding of our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I have a better knowledge of who I am, where I came, and where I am going after this life. Best of all I belong to a community of believers that all have the same goal - do what it takes to return to live with our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I try to be a Christian wherever and whenever I may be. As a nurse I try to and comfort those that are physically sick. This may include educating, counseling, and medicating. As the bishop of my ward I have the oppurtunity to comfort those that are spiritually sick. This also includes educating and counseling but no medicating! When I was called to be the bishop I realized that my focus should always be to seek out those in need. James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. I have two wonderful and diligent counselors that I work with to go to the homes of the people in our community to minister and offer aid both physical and spiritual. Though a bishop and his counselors are responsible for a lot of things, from running the meetings to ensuring the day to day operations of the congregation are taking care of, we find the oppurtunity we have to go to the homes and minister the most dear and precious.