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Hi I'm Abe

I'm a husband and a father. I love to play with my kids, play basketball, and run. I'm a busy attorney. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on the west coast, but moved to northern Indiana while in grade school. I currently live in central Indiana, and consider myself a Hoosier through-and-through. My wife and I first met when we were 15 years old. We’ve been married for twelve years and have three children. The oldest is nine, the youngest is five. Our second child passed away, and although she is not physically with us, she will always be part of our family. She is loved and missed very, very much. I enjoy being a dad and love to spend time with my kids. Whether we’re playing games, sharing funny stories or jokes, or watching our favorite sports teams, it is important to us that we spend time together and learn to development our relationships with each other. We realize that our relationships with those we love are our greatest treasures in life. Our youngest daughter was born with spina bifida, resulting in multiple medical conditions including paralysis from the waist down. She is an inspiration to all those she encounters, especially her own family. As we watch her overcome obstacles and trials unique to her situation—and do so with an amazing positive attitude and spirit—she constantly reminds us to rise above our own obstacles in life. She is our little “miracle” girl. I am also a litigation attorney for a large, Midwest law firm in Indianapolis.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in God. I believe that He is our creator and that we each lived with God before this life. As such, I often refer to Him as our Heavenly Father, and I view all of us as His children. He knows each and every one of us and loves us individually. I have come to know through my own experiences that God answers prayers. He hears us and does not leave us alone, even in our most difficult moments. He will answer our important questions and respond to our deepest concerns, when we seek Him with true sincerity, humility, and an open heart. Through this process of asking God and seeking His guidance, I know the Mormon faith to be true and correct. So, I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (i.e., I’m a Mormon) because I know it to be true. It brings me closer to God. It brings me closer to my Savior. And it brings me closer to my family.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day. I have many shortcomings and imperfections, but living my faith helps me become better: a better husband, a better father, and a better person. Life is busy, and it is easy to be distracted by things of lesser importance. I realize that to live my faith, I must prioritize those things of greatest importance to me: my relationship with my God and my relationship with my family. In our family, we strive to live the principles of Christ through daily prayer, reading scriptures together as a family, and having a “family night” once per week where family members take turns teaching the others a short gospel lesson, followed by a family activity. We look for opportunities to serve in our community and to help those who may be in need of extra help. When we do these things, we feel a great deal of peace and comfort within our home, despite what challenges or obstacles we may be facing at that time.