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Hi I'm Craig H

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. I'm a retired Army Officer and Civil Engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a semi-retired Civil Engineer and also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United State Army. I have spent most of my career as a Civil Engineer in Public Service. I currently do some part-time structural engineering for a small engineering firm. In the military, I was a Combat Engineer. I was a platoon leader, company executive officer, company commander, and later a section leader in an Army Training Division. I've been married for over 38 years and have 4 children ranging in ages from 36 to 25. I currently have 5 grandchildren ranging in ages from 21 months to 13 years. Most of my time now is enjoying my grandchildren, riding bike, motorcycle and other outdoor activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints some 36 years ago through my sister who had become a member some 6 years prior. I used to tease her about being a Mormon (best tasting crow I've ever eaten). Although the Book of Mormon, itself, did not covert me, it prompted me to delve further into this Church. I wanted to know for myself whether or not what was being taught was true. This was a bit of a struggle for me because I really didn't pray much before. The more I prayed the closer I became to Heavenly Father. As I did, the feeling grew inside of me that what was being taught and written was the truth. As I prayed and listed to what the Church leaders had to say as compared to what was being taught by other denominations, it became evident that what was being taught made since. What they said was not dramatic but based on sound knowledge of Heavenly Father principles. It was quite obvious that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day was teaching correct principles not just trying to make me feel good and be entertained.

How I live my faith

I am now the Ward Clerk for my Ward. I've found that serving in the Church is the best way to keep my testimony strong. A Ward Clerk is responsible for the administrative side of the Ward's operation. I have also service as a Sunday School teacher, a counselor in the Elders Quorum and Bishopric. Now that I'm retired, I have more time to help other's in need.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Craig H
Our Church is organized into geographical areas where members live. The smallest area where few members exist is called a branch. When there is sufficient membership in an area a ward is created. Within a larger area a stake is created to provide leadership and assistance to several ward (normally 6-9 Wards/Branches). This can be somewhat compared to a Parrish and Diocese in the Catholic church although I do not know the criteria for Parishes and Dioceses. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Craig H
The Church has grown rapidly since 1830. This is because of they follow the basic principles given to the world by Jesus Christ and avoid trying to "entertain" or "force" people to becomes members. The Church promotes the individual's agency which is the primary difference between Jesus Christ's plan for salvation and that of Lucifer. Show more Show less