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Hi I'm Craig.

I'm an outdoor & real estate enthusiast & speak 5 Filipino dialects. Happily married & father of 5 girls and 1 son. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with 5 kids, all girls! I think I skipped the class in heaven that taught me how to make a boy! I'm a real estate agent with a business undergrad and pursuing a masters in real estate development. I love backpacking, hiking, grilling, football, basketball, chess, and weight-lifting. I served a mission to the Philippines for 2 years, teaching the Gospel in 5 Filipino languages. I consider myself a 'maverick' who likes to choose and create his own destiny in life, and I never quit. 

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born and raised as a Mormon, I've experienced significant trials in life that have tested my faith in this religion and the existence of God. It is within these defining and trying moments in my life that I have witnessed the seeds of faith blossom into tangible reality. Believing is seeing. I believed, I have followed, and I have indeed seen. An example of this is tithing. On commission income, I earn money sporadically and unpredictably. I have paid my offerings to God even when it was the last of the pennies in my bank account. In these moments of tried faith, God has responded and sustained me financially in the very hours I've needed it. And in like manner I have tested the other principles and teachings of this Church, receiving personal manifestation to their truths. I have personally experienced many Gifts of the Spirit - miraculous healings, visions, tongues, prophecies, and the literal expulsion of devils. Though I have not audibly heard God's voice yet, I have developed a real, personal relationship with our Father in Heaven through prayer, daily scripture study, and listening to the modern-day prophets and apostles who lead this Church. I thoroughly know from tangible evidences in feeling, thought, and life experience, that God lives and that this Church contains the fullness of His message to mankind about who He really is and what He really wants for us and our families. This is the undiluted truth for which I'll live my life by and die if need be.

How I live my faith

I am responsible for overseeing about 1500 hours of service projects for Church members in my area, from helping can food products for the church storehouses to providing free labor to the Church's second-hand store the Deseret Industries. I also oversee 4 blood drives annually.  Other duties include helping unemployed members gain employment and helping members prepare for emergencies. I speak regularly during Sunday worship services and train other leaders on their church assignments. I probably spend about 10 hours per week on handling these church responsibilities.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

I think there are a few reasons Mormons don't have paid clergy. For one, if I were paid for all the service that I provide to the Church, I might develop improper motives. Instead, I can have faith that God will bless me in other and more significant ways. Serving without monetary compensation helps my motives remain pure and helps me draw closer to God. Because there is no paid compensation, I also find that people don't aspire to church leadership, but rather serve with sincere hearts. This personal sacrifice purifies us and brings us closer to God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who set the example of service without monetary compensation.  Show more Show less