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Hi I'm Devin

I'm a Nuclear Engineering grad student, music lover, football junkie, skier, hiker, father, disciple of Jesus Christ and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family-first kind of man. My wife and two kids are the most precious things to me in this world. I love them and do whatever I can to improve their lives. I am a graduate student studying Nuclear Engineering. I am currently researching nuclear waste management strategies. My work will either save or destroy the earth - depends on who you ask. I love the outdoors. Before I had a family to provide for, I spent the summers as a river rat and winters as a ski bum. I have worked as a guide for backpacking, mountain biking, river rafting and canoeing. I love music. I enjoy acoustic, singer/songwriter, classic rock music. My favorites include Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits, Eagles, James Taylor, Collective Soul and Kris Allen (American Idol is my guilty pleasure). I love sports. I enjoy playing and watching football especially college ball. I also enjoy basketball, volleyball and rugby. I spent two years of my life serving the people of Lithuania for my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, grew up going to church, but at age 17 my life did not follow the teachings of the LDS church. Approaching my 18th Birthday and High School graduation, I realized that I did not know what I believed. I felt empty, unhappy and mostly worthless. This was odd because I had plenty of friends, played football, ran track, was a student body vice president. My situation in life was one that should make someone happy and satisfied, but my life was meaningless. I began by removing damaging habits from my life that were additive. The moment I did that my life became worse. I felt more alone than before. It took all my strength not to return to those habits. One night, it became too much. I dropped to my knees to pray. After praying, the first thing I saw was a copy of the Book or Mormon. I began to read. A cycle or reading and praying went on through the night. There was no major change that night, but that was the beginning. I continued to pray and read the Book of Mormon. I finished 4 months later. All my life, I've been told that I could know of truthfulness of the Book of Mormon by asking God. I did that sincerely for the first time when I finished reading the Book of Mormon. I knelt to pray and ask God. When I asked a distinct thought entered my mind that I already knew that the Book of Mormon was true. My mind was cited to my life 4 months earlier and how empty and alone I felt. Then my mind came back to my present state. I felt so full, so valuable. My life had meaning. I was genuinely happy. That's when I knew only a book written by the power of God could bring such a mighty change to my soul. By reading and following the teachings in the Book of Mormon, my life became full of happiness and meaning. My life continues to be enriched by the teaching of the Book of Mormon and the LDS chruch. The two are intimately connected. I know that you too can finding meaning and happiness in your life by studying the Book or Mormon.

How I live my faith

Most importantly, I try my best to really know my Savior, Jesus Christ, and follow his example. He was always going about doing good. He seemed to innately understand the needs of others. He was compassionate and kind to all. He loved everyone. No one was a stranger in the mind and heart of Christ - they were all his brothers and sisters. It is hard to love a stranger. For this reason, I do my best to reach out to those around me to get to know them. I try my best to find things to love about them whether it is my neighbor, classmate, or co-worker. The better I know someone, the better I can serve them and the more likely they'll let me help. I do this by inviting people over to my house, visiting with people on my bus ride to work and other ways. I also spend time serving in my local congregation. I help by cleaning the building, visiting some members of the local congregation in their homes to better understand their needs, organizing service groups, helping people move especially elderly and single mothers and other means.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family can be together forever. Everything else is left behind in this life: our homes, our cars, our work, our awards. This is why families are so important to me. They are an eternal investment. All of our other investments pass away with our mortal life. Show more Show less