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Hi I'm Ivan

I have ten children, a family bluegrass band, and a family business investing in apartments. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I designed computer software for the Army and for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. In 1981 I was employed by West Publishing Company to design software for legal practice systems at the BYU Law School in Provo. I loved to play tennis, and still love to sing in choirs. Our family bluegrass band, together, and individually, have toured in many countries playing music in folk festivals. On New Years day we rented a bakery to make 780 loaves of bread for neighbors and friends, continuing a 20 year family New Years day tradition in which we have made and distributed as many as 1000 loaves.  

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because the principles taught by the Church have given my family the direction and strength we need to be successful and happy, and to stay united. I love the feeling that God has a plan of happiness for us that does not end with this life. We grow and build here, and all of our relationships will continue after this life, if we desire it enough to keep His commandments. I love the opportunities to serve others - consistently. Every member has at least one calling to visit, to teach, to serve. We teach and lift and help each other. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. His atonement makes it possible for me to be forgiven of my sins and mistakes in this life, and to be resurrected to eternal life with my sweetheart and my family. I love the scriptures, and the sweet feeling that comes when I read them - the Bible and the Book of Mormon inspire and enrich our lives with understanding of eternal truth and principles. I also love the truth that all of God's children will hear and know the gospel some day and may have the blessing of eternal life on the same principles that we are taught in the Church today - this includes the heathen nations, the ancient peoples, and children who die without baptism. There is a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. He and others, including Twelve Apostles, who are called to serve with him, give inspired counsel to Church members in regular conferences and monthly Church publications. We need inspired direction today as much, perhaps more, than did the people in the days of Moses or Elijah.

How I live my faith

My family hosts free music programs in our home about once a month, with sometimes more than 100 people attending. In the summer, we do this in our yard with several hundred attending. Peter Breinholt, Ryan Shupe, Alex Boye, Marvin Goldstein, Jeremy Hoop, and others have performed here. I am active in a political party, serving as a district officer, and on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. My wife and I host visitors several times a year from the "Stan" countries, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, ... They come for a one-week stay sponsored by the "One World" organization, and Utah Valley University. My callings in the Church include weekly service in the temple for about six hours helping patrons who come to be married, to be taught, and to receive sacred ordinances. I serve in a young single adult congregation, scheduling building activities, helping with organizing and planning activities, and managing building cleaning. Once a month, my partner and I visit two families with a short message, and to offer any assistance they might need. Our ten children and twenty-five grandchildren also keep us busy with family activities. Over the years, we have come together often for family night on Monday evenings, and we attend many grandchildren games, plays and recitals. Six of our children have served voluntary 18 or 24 month missions for the Church. Three went to Russia, one to California, one to Texas Spanish speaking, and one to Florida Spanish speaking. You can imagine that we frequently hear some Russian and Spanish around our house. Our family business is owning and managing multifamily housing. Our business plan is to find problem properties and make them nice places to live.