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Hi I'm Hakon

I'm a family man and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a cultural mutt. I was born in Norway, moved to Canada at age eight, studied economics at BYU in the USA for four years, served as a missionary for two years in the Philippines, and live in Canada. I work as a Chartered Accountant in a small public accounting firm. My work may be considered dry, but I like the lifestyle it affords me and my family. My wife and I are expecting another baby this November, so soon we will have three little boys three and under - it's amazing how fast things can get out of hand! My family provides me with plenty of excitement. We recently moved into our first home. It's 20 years old and was all brass and brown. Between raising our family, upgrading our home, and serving in the Church, we stay plenty busy. In the little spare time I have I like playing pickleball and hockey, mountain biking, snowboarding, following sports on espn.com, watching documentaries, and reading biographies. Some of my favorite biographies are Gordon B. Hinckley by Sherri Dew, Sam Walton by himself, and Spencer W. Kimball by his son. My favorite treat is ice cream. My wife and I like going to this little known ice cream shop that gives a ton of ice cream for low cost. My favorite flavor is pralines n' cream, maybe augmented with a little chocolate peanut butter cup or rolo on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember having a very spiritual experience while reading in the Book of Mormon when I was about 12 years old. A very strong feeling came to me that I still remember to this day. I know that it was the Holy Ghost witnessing to me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I also learned through that experience that Jesus Christ is my savior, that Joseph Smith was called to be His prophet just like the prophets we read about in the Bible, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom of God on earth today. I also learned that Heavenly Father knows who I am and communicates with His children through the Holy Ghost. Since that experience almost 20 years ago I've had many experiences since that have reaffirmed these things to me, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

First of all, I like to think that I live my faith by trying to be Christlike and helping others to do the same. I try to be kind and respectful to others and try to live up to my own potential. I'm currently serving as the ward clerk ("ward" is what we call a congregation). This makes me sort of like an assistant administrator for our local congregation. I'm not responsible for any of the decisions that are made, I just keep track of all of them. I am also in charge of keeping our congregation's membership, financial, and historical records up to date. Our ward shares a meetinghouse with two other wards and each year we rotate meeting times. For the last year our meetings have started at 8:30am, which means that our council meetings start each Sunday morning at 6:00am. I'm excited for September to roll around when we go to afternoon meetings. I love attending the many fun and uplifting activities we hold in the church. For example, my wife and I recently attended a four day youth camp. We were in charge of nine youth during the camp and got to know them like they were our own. It was spiritually uplifting and a ton of fun, not to mention the food - the food alone was worth the trip. Also, throughout the year we'll have other great activities like a father and son campout, a corn bust, softball tournament, talent show, various service projects, and a Christmas party. Another thing I like to do to serve in the church is attend the temple. I try to attend at least twice per month. Some people never received a chance in this life to accept the gospel and I'm grateful that Christ has provided a way for them to receive his ordinances through vicarious work for the dead, which we perform in our temples.