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Hi I'm Chad

I work with students with disabilities, I'm a sign language interpreter, a husband and a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in southern Colorado. My dad raised potatoes, alfalfa, and barley. We learned how to work. I loved playing sports in high school including basketball, football, and track. After graduating from high school, I moved to southern New Mexico and worked cleaning railroad cars for a summer and then went to school in Idaho. I went on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Illinois, Chicago Mission and also served in the New York South Mission using American Sign Language to teach the Deaf about the church. I have continued to work with the Deaf in higher education as a sign language interpreter and currently oversee services provided to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as work with other students with disabilities in a disability resource center. I graduated with a bachelors degree in biomechanics and a masters in higher education leadership. I plan to get a doctorate degree in the relatively near future. I have enjoyed being in higher education. I am married and am a father of four children. My family is a joy and a blessing to me every day of my life. My wife is my best friend and I love spending time with her.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members as were my grandparents. I grew up participating in primary, scouts, young men and young women activities. It was a part of my life. My parents set goals when they were first married and passed that along to their children. They wanted all of us children to 1. Serve the Lord. This meant that all their sons would go on a two year mission and all of us would accept opportunities to serve in the church. 2. Marry in the Temple. This was an important one because that meant we would live right and seek out a spouse that was willing to make and keep promises or covenants to work together and make our family eternal. 3. Stay Firm in the Gospel. This was to encourage us to endure and to keep striving to live in a way that God would want us to live. It was the idea of loving one another. They later added another one that was "Return With Honor". This helped us as youth to remember who we were, Children of God, and that we needed to make correct choices to help keep us close to our Father in Heaven. I never doubted my beliefs growing up. My parents were great examples to me of loving others, serving others, and loving God. As I grew older I realized I needed to find out for myself if the things I had been taught were true. I had recently received a call to go on a mission. I realized that I was not sure if I beleived everything that I had been taught. I began to study the Book of Mormon with real intent and to pray to find out if these things were true. After some time, I continued to pray and I came to know for myself that these things were true. Joseph Smith had restored the gospel to the earth and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and he loves all of us. I know that we have a living prophet today with apostles to help guide us during these difficult times. What a glorious blessing to know of these things.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in all I do. As a family, we pray every morning together to start our day and every night to end the day. We work to teach our children the importance of keeping the commandments of God and we can learn to do this in all we do, the way we associate with other people and the choices we make. We sit with our children and discuss how life is going for them. We read and discuss the scriptures together as well. This has created many great opportunities for my children to ask quesitons and for us to have an open discussion. I try to be an example of good will and kindness to everyone. I am trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ. In church, I have the opportunity to work with the missionaires. I go out with them on a weekly basis as well as work with other members to seek out families who are in need. I enjoy teaching with the missionaries as well as I enjoy teaching Sunday School class were people who are investigating the church can come and learn more in addition to what the missionaries are teaching. One of my most favorite things to do is to interpret for the Deaf for church related activities. This goes back to my serving as a missionary and working with the Deaf and using American Sign Language. I have had many opportunities to interpret for several meetings and speakers that have all been done on a volunteer basis. It has been some of my most rewarding experiences. Similar to working with the missionaries, I also have the opportunity to go and visit families with a young man. I get to model for him how to visit other members and to share messages about the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. We try to serve those who are members and assist them with things they need. I strive to be an example to my children as well by loving their mother, helping her with her responsibilites while she helps me with mine. I am not perfect by an means, but I strive to show my children the way a daughter of God should be treated.