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Hi I'm Lattney

I'm an "indie rocker" and family man who makes a living via Chemistry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Writing, playing, recording, reading about, and listening to music invigorates my soul. English and American Literature fire my imagination. I'm a mathematics fanatic, but what really excites my mind is Analytical Chemistry. Along those lines, I have the greatest job in the world--I get to play with dangerous chemical substances, operate cutting edge equipment, and work with a wonderful and culturally diverse group of individuals. All this would be as nothing if not for my amazing and devoted wife and my two couldn't-be-more-different-if-they-tried but equally sweet and loving daughters. I can scarcely remember life before them and can't imagine life without them. We play, we sing, we learn, we laugh, we cry, we study, we pray, we grow, and we love together. In short, we belong together!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an on-again/off-again Mormon family. Though active in my teens, I had all but removed myself from the records of the Church by my mid-20s. I flirted with other faiths, even made a real attempt to become Catholic. Alas, nothing felt quite right...and so I determined to be an atheist--or, at the very least, an agnostic. I told myself that music would be my religion. It seemed to work, for a time. When I married a beautiful Catholic girl and had two lovely daughters, I began to realize that something huge was missing. My wife became disenchanted with her own faith and we both felt the emptiness. She began searching for a non-denominational Church in which to raise our daughters. My sweet Mother tried to play Missionary time and again, but I resisted--until my wife suggested we attend Sacrament Meeting with my parents. It was Ward Conference that Sunday, and the talks by each member of the Stake Presidency spoke loud and clear to our hearts--moreso than I wanted to admit. My wife left Church with tears of joy streaming down her cheeks; she said it was the first time in her life that she had left Church feeling happy. Within weeks, she had taken the discussions from two very special Sister Missionaries and had been baptized. Her testimony burned so brightly that mine was lit anew. We smiled and laughed and loved more than we had in the preceding eight years; our daughters were so much happier, too! Our house seemed to suddenly become a home. My road to repentance was long and difficult, but my renewed Testimony of my Heavenly Father, my Savior, the Gospel and their love for me lightened my every burden. Just over a year after my wife's baptism, we were sealed as a family in the Temple for time and all eternity, and I was able to be sealed to my (now very active) parents, as well! Three years on and a few callings later, my Testimony of the restored Gospel, the Plan of Salvation, and the Prophet Joseph Smith has only grown stronger!

How I live my faith

I try to apply Gospel principles and concepts to my life. I want to understand why our Heavenly Father has given us Commandments, how obeying those Commandments can bless our lives, and what I can do to help others to keep the Commandments and to find greater meaning and happiness in their lives. As our Ward Mission Leader, I work directly with the Missionaries and those they teach. I instruct our Ward's Gospel Principles class, which is for investigators, new members, and anybody else who seeks to learn and understand the "basics" of our faith. I enjoy serving others, and by doing so setting the example for my family. I try to be true and faithful, but also have to stop occasionally and remember that I'm human--that I'm imperfect and that I will make mistakes, as will we all. I strive to remember that every mistake is an opportunity to build and strengthen my Testimony. At the end of the day, I try to be exactly who I say I am.