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Hi I'm Lance

I am a small business technology consultant, father of 4, back country ski junky and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an exciting yours-mine-and-ours home. Dad was an airline pilot and Mom was a busy stay at home mother. I'm now enjoying my own family and doing my best to provide for them. It hasn't always been easy. There where times I wondered if I could do it. However, I have witnessed so many miracles as the Lord has reached out his merciful and loving arms and touched my family and myself. I don't know where I would be without His miraculous love and patient guidance. For a quick over view, I'm a financial software technician, trainer and consultant; divorced and remarried father of four; Kareoke junkie, wanabe soccer buff, and kind of an out doorsey sorta guy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS home. Everything I was taught and continue to learn has been a strong guiding influence in my life. My mother,especially, was a great example and stabilizing influence in my childhood. Now, I mostly learn from and follow the modern and ancient apostles and prophets. It's not personal but, I can't imagine any other church being able to provide the constant answers, comfort and strength that I get from everything heaven pores out here through His chosen representative I've visited other churches and have friends of other faiths and I think they're wonderful, but they don't have the constant fountain that I so often take for granted in this special corner the Lord calls 'His'. Answers constantly flow. Guidance is always here when I most need it. Strength, forgiveness, love, .. in essence, revelation and inspiration is everywhere in this church. Especially from the pulpit during general conference, or in an earnest bedside prayer, or in a desperate time in the bishop's office. I am a Mormon because I know this is where the Lord wants me to be and I don't think I could grow closer to Him any other way.

How I live my faith

I do my best. I like what president Hinkley said one time. I can't remember the exact quote, but he basically said we are not expected to be perfect overnight. We are simply expected to be better than we where the day before. I like that because I'm far from perfect. I go to church every Sunday and conduct family home evenings in my home on Monday's. I have daily scripture study, personal and family prayer, and serve in the temple about twice a month. in service, I'm usually found helping with the scouts in the scouting program or the children in primary and visit the families in the ward I'm asked to visit etc. I recognize my weaknesses and rely on our Savior's sacrifice for me. I think I am better today than I was yesterday and definitely happier today than I was yesterday, last week, last month, last year, five, ten years ago, etc. Through following God's commandments and working on my own personal weaknesses, I think I've gained a greater capacity to love others and most of all enjoy life. I live in gratitude of God's many blessings.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lance
Yes, yes, yes and yes. A week wont go by where I don't prayerfully read from it's pages. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Lance
God says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." In other words, pray. Do you believe there is a God? Do you believe he answers prayers? If you do, then ask him. Be specific. Start simple and ask a yes/no question. He will answer to your mind and to your heart. He speaks to man today and is the giver of all truth. (James 1:5-6) That's one way. The other way is to plant a seed and watch it grow. In other words, put a principle to the test. There are allot of principles you can try: Weekly church attendance; daily scripture study, tithing, daily prayer, the law of chastity, the word of wisdom, etc. If you see your heart and mind growing stronger and clearer by following God's principles, then you know it is a good principle because it has made your life better. (Alma 32) Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Lance
On Sunday's when I'm not at church I can be found with my laptop writing in my journal, reading a good book, walking or hiking with my family, sharing a meal with my family or taking a nap. I sometimes attend ward choir to prepare for a Christmas or Easter worship service. I'm usually assigned to a few different families I enjoy getting to know and share gospel discussions with. While at church I partake of the sacrament and promise to be good for another week. I listen to a couple of adult and youth members share their feelings through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost about a topic that was assigned to them that week by our Bishop.That's the first hour. The second hour I usually spend teaching a youth class of some sort. The 3rd hour I usually spend in a class for myself or teaching another youth class. If there is a special event such as a missionary farewell or baby blessing, I'll find a substitute to cover for me and head out. During the week I work my butt off like everyone else trying to make it in this world, but make sure to take time away to focus on my kids and give my wife the time we enjoy. I preside in my home during family prayer and scripture study almost daily. Friday nights have been a long standing tradition for pizza and a movie. Monday nights we will have Family Home Evening which mostly comprises of games with a little gospel lesson in there somewhere. We only have our kids half the time so the other weeks aren't quite the same. Show more Show less