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Hi I'm Vic

I'm a Mormon. I teach school and live the life of my dreams with my wife and 5 kids.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah. All my life I have been involved in outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, hunting, white-water rafting, and skiing. Those are the things I was raised doing with my family, and now I do those same things with my wife and kids. I am married to the girl of my dreams and together we are raising 5 children. I teach geography and history at a middle school.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so my conversion story is a long one, but I will make it short. Like Nephi in the Book of Mormon, I was born to goodly parents. They did not just practice their religion as a function of their culture, they lived it! I knew my parents believed what they taught me because it was expressed with more than words, even when they did not know I was watching. They, and others I associated with in my youth, had the sort of credibility that demanded attention to what they were teaching. As I grew older my study and experiences reinforced the truth of the teaching I had received in my childhood; and I have had many spiritual experiences that are very real and tangible that have confirmed my beliefs. A lifelong observation of the difference between lives that follow the gospel of Jesus Christ as opposed to ones that do not, has cemented my faith.

How I live my faith

This church gives its members opportunities to grow spiritually by serving one another in various callings such as teaching classes or leadership positions. Throughout my life I have done all sorts of things like teaching young children, serving as a full-time missionary in Puerto Rico, scout leader, or Sunday School teacher. Currently I am the bishop of an LDS ward, which means I preside over a congregation of about 350 people. I have been in this position for over 5 years and it is kind of like a second job. Next year I could be a cub-scout leader. Who knows? We are not paid for this service but serve as we are asked by our leaders who make these decisions based on inspiration. We are expected to dedicate our time and talents to strengthen others, but we grow tremendously ourselves in the process. Most people think of church as somewhere you go to sit and listen. As a Mormon you typically will be asked to do more than that. "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only..." James 1:22

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Vic
We believe that baptism is a necessary ordinance for personal salvation and admission into the Church of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a physical symbol of a covenant, or promise, we make to follow Jesus Christ and keep his commandments. In return we are promised forgiveness of our sins as we have faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and as we repent of our sins. This is a big deal! It needs to be done right and by those Christ has appointed to be his representatives on earth. To instruct us on how this should be done Christ himself went to be baptized by one who had authority, John the Baptist. He did not go up to any old person and have them perform this sacred ceremony and neither should we. This authority has been given to us again, it is called the priesthood and is held by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less