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Hi I'm Art

I'm a dad. I grew up in Southern California. I own a couple of small businesses. I have been a Deputy Sheriff, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy hiking, backpacking (especially above tree line), jogging, and gardening. I attended Cal State Northridge and received a degree in Political Science. I received a private pilots license many years ago, was a deputy sheriff with Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Reserve Forces Bureau and served on the Search and Rescue Team as well as doing uniformed patrol. I was with a major public utility company for many years and am currently an investigator with a state Department of Corrections. I am married have seven really good kids. I also own a very small businesses - it's not much but it's taught me a lot and I have a greater respect for business owners.

Why I am a Mormon

As I was growing up I would ask, what I thougt were simple questions about the characther and nature of God. The nature of man and other questions that came from my reading of the Bible. My questions were often things that seemed self evident in the Bible but were often at odds with what the preachers taught. It was very annoying to keep being told to be quiet, accept what was taught without question, and avoid such dangerous activities as thinking and reasoning. When I was 12 years old I studied with the LDS missionaries. The things they taught about God and the scriptures were right in line with my personal understanding of things. It was like I was hearing things that I had already known from some other time and place. I decided to pray about this whole "Mormon" thing and received a witness from the Holy Ghost that the things they taught were true and was baptized when I was 13. As I learned more and developed more questions, or was not sure about a particular concept or doctrine I would study about it, think about it, seek out information from various sources and then pray about it. I would ( and still do) ask if the item in question is true and wait for a response. I would never ask to be told that something is true, but just ask God if it was true. So far I have always received a positive response when asking about the veracity of things in the LDS church. That is the way my testimony has grown and developed over the years. That is the way I encourage others to grow too. The LDS church, and the gospel it administers, is whole and complete. It sometimes takes work and effort to strip away the carnal man and become a "new creature in Christ" as the apostle Paul would say, but it is worth it.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by living my life. It's not about flash and show to me, it's about being my self. It's about being a decent person and living my standards. I try to be the same person rapelling out of a helicopter, or giving a talk in Church. As I serve the community as part of my duties with the city I encourage people to serve one another and participate in organizations that strengthen and uplift the lives of others. I don't go out of my way to "prove" my beliefs. But by trying to be a "real" person who lives with a quiet confidence and respect for other people's beliefs, discussions about faith naturally develope. I try to live by the creed that understanding is more important than agreement. And you know what? Frequently agreement comes about by virtue of being understanding.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Art
It has been my experience that mormon women are strong, intelligent, confident women. They know that they are daughters of God who have divine potential, and as such do not get bogged down with many silly distractions. I have known mormon women who are doctors, lawyers, police officers and stay at home mom's. I know mormon women who are married, divorced, and mature singles. I know mormon women who are Asain, Black, White, and Hispanic. They all have different backgrounds, different cultures, different views about health, government, and styles of raising and nurturing families. For all their differences they all have one trait in common: They love God, they love Jesus Christ, and strive to live lives that will allow them to return to the presence of God and Christ. Show more Show less