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Hi I'm Simeon

I'm a husband, a father of three, and a former wrestler and runner.

About Me

During high school I wrestled and ran cross country and other long distance races. I served as a missionary in Japan. I attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a major in Japanese. I married and now have three children. I work in healthcare IT, and love it. I'm a home owner of a "fixer-upper" house, which keeps me busy. I find joy in spending time with my family, teaching my children Japanese, doing home improvement projects, playing ultimate frisbee with my friends, and doing family history research (though I don't make as much time for this as I'd like). I'm also an entrepreneur at heart (or so I tell myself) and am always working on the next idea that will one day materialize into my own business.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I was born, Mormon missionaries knocked on my parents' door. Over several months, my parents listened to the missionaries' message of the Gospel, fasted and prayed about it, and joined the Church. Thus, I grew up in an LDS household. However, it wasn't until I was 14 years old, a high school freshman, that I decided I needed to make a decision as to whether I was going to be an active member of the Church, or choose another way. I was a humble young man wanting to know the purpose of life and "the Truth." I decided to read the Book of Mormon, figuring that if the book contained the Truth, I would embrace it and the religion that espoused it with all my heart. On the other hand, if I gained no such witness of the book, then I would continue my search elsewhere. I began reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning, about a chapter a day. I found the book hard to understand at first. I wasn't until the book of Alma, that I began to feel a change happening inside of me, the likes of which I had never felt before. I was beginning to understand the significance of the Savior and how His Atonement applies to me. I was beginning to comprehend the eternal nature of my existence, my potential, and my purpose. As I studied each day, I tried to live according to the teachings of the book. I attended church each Sunday and tried to observe the Sabbath day. I worked to avoid harmful and addictive substances that are against God's law of health and which I knew could quickly derail my spiritual quest. I shared what I was learning with my high school friends and teachers. I prayed daily, desiring to learn how to communicate with my Father in heaven and sought the confirmation of the Holy Spirit that the Book of Mormon was, indeed, true. This confirmation did come to me in a manner that leaves no room for doubt that it came from God. I learned that God loves me. I learned that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church and Kingdom on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by obeying the commandments of Jesus Christ. I try to love God and love my neighbor. As I keep these most important commandments in the forefront of my mind, all of the other commandments naturally fall into place, such as giving to the poor and needy, worshiping on the Sabbath day, paying tithing on all of my income, and treating others with kindness and gentility. I look for and rejoice in opportunities to share my feelings about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Serving a full-time mission was an awesome opportunity to preach the Gospel to the wonderful people of Japan. I regularly attend the nearest temple, wherein I'm able to commune with God and serve people who have died. In my local congregation, I teach songs about Christ to the little children. I cannot imagine my life were I not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's not just a religion, it's a complete way of life. Understanding the meaning of life and having access to the spiritual gifts and saving ordinances in the Church gives purpose and fulfillment to my life.