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Hi I'm Lance

I'm a published poet, a do-it-yourself guy, a policy wonk and a loving father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and a father of 2 wonderful sons who appreciates life fully lived. I work as an environmental policy consultant and enjoy the rough and tumble of politics. When I am not reading, working on the house or in my yard, I am in the outdoors and could spend days at a time in the mountains or on a river in my canoe with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 6th generation Latter-day Saint (Mormon), with my family ties going all the way back to the days of Joseph Smith. Being a Mormon is the faith of my fathers and a part of my family heritage--it is everything that I am. I chose at 8 years old to be baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have made a conscious decision every day of my life since then to act as Jesus Christ would have me act and to serve my fellow man. This church and my faith give me a knowledge of where I came from before my birth, a reason for life on this Earth and a hope of living with God and my family forever. I love having a living prophet of God who can help me see an eternal perspective and give me context as to how I should live, especially in turbulent times. My faith in Jesus Christ pushes me to seek after the best in life and allows me to correct course when I have erred. I find happiness in being a Latter-day Saint.

How I live my faith

Simply put, I try and live the Golden Rule and do unto others and I would have them do unto me. I am an imperfect person, but I know that every day as I put forth my best effort, serve others and love God with my whole mind, heart and soul that Jesus Christ will make up the rest through his grace and mercy. I also believe that we have to act, or be acted upon and unless we choose the course of our lives, it will be chosen for us. It's imperative for us to choose the right and to be anxiously engaged in a good cause, otherwise, there are forces of opposition who will try and tear us down whenever we let down our guard or become casual in our relationship with God. And if there is ever any distance between us and God, most likely, we are the ones who moved. I need my Savior every minute of every day of my life. Without Him, there is no reason to live. With a hat tip to C.S. Lewis, I relish the idea that while I think my little cottage may be sufficient, God intends to build me a palace and live with me evermore if I but allow Him the privilege.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

I believe that marriage and family life is eternal and can be secured through the holy priesthood of God. I know that I am not spending years and decades nourishing a series of relationships with some of the most important people in my life only to lose them at death. God has given mankind the sealing power, and through sacred ordinances in His holy temples, we can live together as a family forever. I truly believe that we can bind the hearts of our fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to the fathers if we live worthily and righteously. There is no limit to the things that we can do together. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a compilation of sacred records from prophets of ancient time who recorded their experiences with God the Father and Jesus Christ both in the Old World and in the American continent. A contemporary scripture to the Old and New Testaments, the highlight of the Book of Mormon is Jesus Christ's visit to the people of the American continent after His crucifixion and resurrection. It is unique as it asks the reader to pray to God to know if it is true. Only a prophetic book would dare issue such a challenge with the hope of receiving an answer from God. Show more Show less