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Hi I'm Craig

I moved to Omaha in 2007. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a beautiful wife, a handful of lovely daughters and a son. My one son and I would be the lone men of the house if it wasn't for our parakeet Clover. I love to be outdoors, hiking, hunting, camping, or kayaking. As a special interest I am a very amateur bird watcher. I love to watch and identify common and unusual birds. I work in a hospital laboratory and I enjoy helping people. I try to spend at least 2 hours a week doing something for someone outside my close family. I love to make thing work better. My favorite sports to play are basketball and volleyball. I also enjoy softball, golf, racketball, and football. To relax I watch old movies or read old books. Some of my favorite movies are "Philidephia Story" with Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant, "Harvey" with Jimmy Stewart, and "Seargent York" with Gary Cooper. Books I like are "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Dumas, "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin, and the "Lord of the Rings" by Tolkien. I also like to read Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Twain, and Hugo. I have been trying to get through "War and Peace" by Tolstoy for 5 years. It took 16 months to get through "Les Miserables" by Hugo (one of my all time favorites.) I also enjoy new things. New places to visit, new artwork to see, new food to taste, and new experiences to go through. I always enjoy making new acquaintances. Getting to know people and finding out about them is always fun for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church. My parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and so on were all Mormons. My great great grandfather joined the church in the 1830s in Vermont. My great great grandmother joined in the 1840's in Nottingham England. Even though I have a long history, there was a time in my life where I had to determine if Joseph Smith was a prophet, if he really saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, and if the Book of Mormon is true. I took the challenge and studied and prayed and the Holy Spirit witnessed to me that it is true. I have learned to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me. I know I have a Father in Heaven that loves me and is concerned about my welfare. I know He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to sacrifice Himself for my personal salvation. I know that as I rely on Him and trust in Him I will have the strength to do all things required by Him. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, he translated the Book of Mormon from ancient records, and he restored the priesthood keys to the earth for our benefit. I know that by following God's loving commandments we will be happy in this life and live eternally with our Father forever. The only way to really be happy is to live by the precepts our Father in Heaven has laid before us. These precepts He has and will always reveal to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). One of the best things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is we have a prophet today who leads us through inspiration like Moses of old.

How I live my faith

Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was. His answer was simple, love God, and love your fellow man. It is interesting to me how related the two are. He loves us and asks us to love each other the way He loves us. I know as a father of five children my biggest payoffs are when my children do selfless acts of kindness for one another. This is how I try and show my love for my Father in Heaven. I try to be as kind to everyone as I know how. I often fail because I am weak. But I often succeed also. I study the scriptures and pray for strength. Then I go out and get to work.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

If your sole source of income comes from preaching the word of God, then I beleive you are at a great risk to follow doctrinal fads or popular opinion. Receiving money for preaching the word of God, to me, is a conflict of interest. You can only serve one master, either God or mamon. I know there are a lot of selfless and wonderful pastors out there. I have met many. But in the end, whether they eat or not is determined by what and how they preach. I think they are at risk by accepting money for it. A lay ministry is not perfect. The sermons are not always polished and the pastors are not always available. But, someone is always available and willing. Polished or not, the effort is honest and pure. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Because I find happiness in serving other people, I look for opportunities to help anyone in need. It is true I help many members of my church. This is because I am able to find out about their specific needs through church attendance. I also help neighbors and friends. All my neighbors know I am willing to help in any situation and any time of day. None of them go to my church. I try and spend at least 2 hours a week in helping someone else. This could be as simple as watching some neighbors kids to remodeling a room. I have planted trees, replaced roofs, mowed lawns, and cared for pets. I have organized work service projects for different charities in Omaha (ENOA and the food pantry). I have stopped on the road and returned lost dogs. I have lent a shoulder to cry on and counseled sons on jobs and applications. In the end, I believe the greatest commandment is to love God. To show my love to God I help and lift His children. He is not a respecter of persons so I am not either. Show more Show less