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Hi I'm Howard

I'm a photojournalist. I'm a husband and father. I'm a "convert." I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a late bloomer. I was the skinny kid in high school who lacked confidence around my more athletic peers. Then I met the senior class president. He was skinnier than I was. Everyone respected him. I decided if he could make something of myself, then so could I. In college, I got involved in student government and was eventually elected president of the student senate. Up to that time, I had believed that I had achieved my version of success on my own. Then I slowly came to understand that all good things come from God. I've had five careers. I was a U.S. Navy rescue helicopter pilot. I sold real estate. I set up Life Flight programs around the country. I was a magazine publisher. And now I'm a writer and photographer working for the LDS Church. Each of my careers in their own unique way prepared me for the next event the Lord had in store for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but I didn't have my own testimony of the restored gospel until I was 21. So in that sense I'm a convert to this religion. I was a senior in college when a friend challenged me to find out if Joseph Smith was a prophet, if Jesus Christ had restored the fulness of his gospel to the earth, and if the Book of Mormon was true. That very night I prayed about all three of these issues, and my prayer was answered through others the very next day! Since then, I have received countless witnesses of the truthfulness of this gospel as I have strived to serve the Lord.

How I live my faith

I've had the great opportunity to teach and serve the youth and young adults of my church for more than 30 years. My greatest desire is for each of them to know that they are a child of God, that he has sent them here to find love and joy, and he deeply cares that they can get through this mortal life so they can return and live with him. I've served twice as a bishop (pastor) which is evidence that the Lord calls imperfect people to do his work, and currently serve in a branch (small congregation) presidency at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. There I get to see missionaries from all over preparing to serve others in distant lands. It is humbling to see so many people sacrificing 18-24 months of their lives to invite others to come unto Christ