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Hi I'm Craig Nelson

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of six children. I am a Financial Advisor. I enjoy playing and participating in lots of different sports. I love to swim laps at a a local rec center. I love to play basketball with a group of friends early in the morning every Monday Wednesday and Friday. I love to play flag football with my brothers and friends on Saturday mornings in the fall. I love the little small things that make life fun and enjoyable every day - Meeting new people and old friends at work, watching my boys play ball, talking with my daughters, working with my wife to figure out where we are all going and what we have to do to make the day work, planting flowers and plants and watching them grow, a beautiful all-white snowfall. I used to have red hair so sometimes I still think that I am a redhead and I get anxious and impulsive. Now I have two beautiful daughters with red hair (and a third whose hair is 'pink' - lots of streaks of red) who help me see how much fun I must have been when I was younger. I served a mission in Haiti and I live for Haitian food and love to talk to and spend time with Haitians - current and future friends. I am fortunate to be married to a wife who is 'practically perfect in every way'. Aliesa is the nicest person I have ever known. She is genuinely nice to everyone, especially me and our children. She helps me want to live the gospel of Jesus Christ every minute, every hour, so I will have the opportunity to live with her forever!

Why I am a Mormon

The one thing that was constant and consistent in the home where I grew up was my parents example of and love for the gospel. We had Family Home Evening every Monday and we went to church every Sunday. When I was 16 I committed myself to reading the Book of Mormon every day. I didn't have a big wow experience, but I recognized easily that when I read the Book of Mormon my life was happier. I chose to serve a mission. I was called to serve in Haiti. As I taught the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ to so many amazing people in Haiti, the Holy Ghost confirmed to me that what I was teaching was true and that I had learned those truths for myself and had the Holy Ghost confirm those truths many times while I was growing up. Life in Haiti was hard for most of the people I taught and lived with and worked with. But I saw how they were blessed and their lives were improved in simple and happy ways as they learned of and lived Gods' simple laws. I live and love the gospel now because of my wife Aliesa. Because she is such a kind and loving person and because she strives for perfection and longs for life with Heavenly Father again, I have to work. I know that we can live together forever as a family and that Aliesa and I were married in the temple so, if I stay true to the covenants (promises with action) that we can live with Heavenly Father again - together! The thing I love the most about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the gospel of Jesus Christ is the opportunity I have to repent. Every day I make mistakes, but every day I repent, and through the atonement of Jesus Christ I can be forgiven. I know that Jesus paid the ultimate and only possible price for all sins and I know that forgiveness is true and real.

How I live my faith

After years of working with the youth at church (ward), I was released and now I teach Sunday School with my wife Aliesa. We teach the adults and it is a great challenge for us to be prepared to talk about all the amazing, true stories in the New Testament. If that wasn't fun enough, Aliesa and I trade off playing the piano for Primary (children ages 4-11). I am blessed to be a part of the Haitian Creole translation team for General Conference. In 2010 I was shocked and saddened by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Through a series of miracles I was privileged to go with a small team of doctors to Leogane - epicenter of the quake - where we spent a week helping and learning. I learned about resiliency and faith and perseverance and most of all true happiness. I am a part-time coach - flag football, baseball, tackle football and whatever else my kids volunteer me for - and a full time cheerleader for all the soccer,drama, softball, football, basebal, piano, harp, violin and basketball. We spend a lot of time at BYU football and basketball games, cheering for the Cougars. I was recently "elected" to be the Homeowners Association President for our neighborhood and serve only because of my love for our great neighbors. I go to church every Sunday. I love to hear my friends and neighbors bear the witness(es) of Jesus Christ. Regardless of how bad or how good things may be in my life, I smile as much as I can every day. My faith helps me to be happy!