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Hi I'm Lou

I like Louis L'Amour novels, BBQ, and Toll House Pie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I had the childhood that dreams are made of. My two brothers, one sister and I grew up on a small Southern Arizona Ranch. From morning to night we had the run of our 2500 acre playground. My Father and Mother literally built our home based on a strong family foundation with a rich history of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins nearby. We lived in the house built by Father and played sports on the basketball court and baseball field he constructed. He taught us to fish, hunt, brand cattle, climb mountains, and most of all how to love our mother. My Mom was home with us every day, taught us how to serve others, fried the world's best chicken, and instilled family values that still run deep in her children and grandchildren's hearts. Today, I am lucky to have the most beautiful woman in the world as my wife, companion, and partner. We love to hike, play scrabble, and cook. We have been married 25 years and have three sons. One is in college, one is currently serving a mission in Alaska, and one is a sophomore in high school. I am a Certified Public Accountant currently working as the Chief Financial Officer for a large school district. My work is challenging and interesting. I am grateful that I enjoy my work and the great people that I get to work with. I enjoy reading fiction, lifting weights, and taking early morning runs or walks with my wife. I serve as the Scoutmaster in our ward which provides me ample opportunity to hike and camp with our Ward's young people.

Why I am a Mormon

I think the main reason I am Mormon is the strong witness I receive from the Holy Ghost every day that through my membership and activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have the opportunity to have all that my Father in Heaven desires for me. This witness assures me that I have loving Heavenly Parents and family to match my loving earth parents and family. This witness assures me that I lived with my Heavenly Father and family prior to coming to Earth. It assures me that there is a plan that will enable me to return to them. It assures me that I can find answers and guidance in the scriptures, from prayer, from prophets, and personal revelation. It assures me that I have the opportunity to enjoy this earth life with all its beauty, family relationships, camaraderie, happiness and joy. It assures me that since I have been married to my precious wife by Priesthood authority from God, we will be married forever. It assures me that I will be able to weather and grow from all challenges, disappointments, trials, and difficulties. It assures me that if I follow the example of Jesus Christ, serve others unselfishly, repent from my mistakes, and learn to love, then I will truly be happy. A favorite scripture of mine is from the Book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon, Chapter 2 verse 41. It explains my joy when I keep the commandments and move closer to being the person Heavenly Father wants me to be. It touched my heart the first time I read it many years ago, and feel it still expresses Why I'm a Mormon. It says: "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good husband, father, employee, community member, and Latter Day Saint. I try to help where I can as I have opportunities to serve in Scouts, visiting families in our ward, at work, and at home with my own family. I try to be honest, hardworking, obedient, kind, encouraging, helpful, humble, and cheerful. One of my favorite scripture comes from Doctrine and Covenants section 64 verse 33 which says “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.” I certainly hope that the joy I feel from living my faith is evident in my daily enthusiasm, smile, encouragement to others, and good works.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. Heavenly Father wants us to live in families because it is in families that we learn unconditional love which is the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for all people. That is our purpose in life - to become like Jesus Christ. You can find out more by reading "The Family, A Proclamation to the World". The teachings are beautiful, clear, and inspired. Show more Show less