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Hi I'm Ian

I'm a life long LDS member who took the path less traveled by my Mormon peers. I'm a U.S. military veteran, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California into a large LDS family consisting of five brother and four sisters. I am nine out of ten. Growing up I faced a similar choice that several young men, and young women, typically face: whether to serve a mission or not. After growing up behind several shadows I decided to break out and become my own man. I enlisted as a U.S. Marine Corps Infantryman. During a time when young men my age would typically be serving a mission, I had been deployed on two combat tours. I served honorably and was fortunate enough to return home. I re-entered the civilian life and went to college with some of my old friends who had returned from their traditional LDS missions. After college I was fortunate enough to find the love of my life. We were sealed in the temple for time and eternity. This, by far, is my greatest achievement. I now share my testimony of the love of God with our children, as well as a few war stories.

Why I am a Mormon

While serving in the military it was very difficult for me to live a certain way that, to be honest, I wasn't to sure of at the time. It was even harder for me as I returned home and re-entered civilian life. There was a stigma I had built up within myself as I compared myself to my more active friends who had served LDS missions. During that time I thought I couldn't keep up with the church standards, and that I could never compare to my more active friends; so I made the decision to liberate myself from the church. It didn't take too long to realize my liberation was really a surrender to those things that would ultimately lead to anger and unhappiness. Desperate and alone, I decided to contact the local leader of the church congregation. He counseled with me and taught me a few little things I could do. And now I can testify that all it takes is a single prayer and a little bit of faith. I am Mormon because it liberates me from the unkind and unhappy things of the world. I am Mormon because I know that this is the true church of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He atoned for our pains and suffering; and He has organized this church, and the ordinances therein, so that we may partake of His atonement. We can be free, and happy, and return to our Father in Heaven. It all starts with a prayer and a little bit of faith.

How I live my faith

Living the gospel is definitely a way of life, but it is obtained by doing the most simple things. My bedrock is built upon things such as scripture study, daily prayer, and regular church attendance. Nothing too hard. However, I've discovered that on top of that, life can be amazing by being apart of something bigger, so I try and volunteer whenever I can. I actually met my wife at a church event that we both had volunteered to organize. In fact, we both lived far enough apart that we probably would have never of met otherwise. On top of helping with events, and leading activities, one thing I've also always enjoyed doing is teaching. I've had the opportunity to teach elementary school age children the stories from the scriptures, as well as other examples of God's love, so they can better recognize it in their own lives as they grow. Right now I teach young teenagers about the gospel. We don't talk too much about the scripture stories anymore, but rather the principles of the gospel. This allows us to have discussions and answer questions that youth of this age might have about The Book of Mormon, Christ's church, temples, and any other topic. But, even after all the service I do outside the home, the one thing that I really love about the church is that it's always family first. My greatest service I can give is to my wife, and our children. I'm so happy to be apart of something that not only understands this, but promotes it. For me, it makes sense to be apart of an organization which advocates the building up of eternal families.