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Hi I'm Ian

I'm a husband and father. I work in 3D computer graphics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and have 4 wonderful children (ages 14 to 22). I am a computer software engineer. My employment is with 3D computer graphics, which is pretty enjoyable. I enjoy learning about history, watching either classic movies or modern movies with good messages. I like being with and helping others. I really enjoy just spending time with my family, like taking walks with my wife, going on bike rides with my boys, or just reading and talking together every night. I was born in Detroit, Michigan. My father was a blue collar laborer and my mother was a school teacher. When I was 11, we moved to Phoenix, Arizona. It was there that I learned about the Mormon Church, and was baptized. Both my parents and the Church encouraged me to work hard in school. I loved learning in school and won a scholarship to college. I still love learning.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church has helped me come to know and love my Savior Jesus Christ, which has brought me great peace and joy. It has encouraged me to change and become a better person. In addition to the help that comes from grace and the Holy Spirit, good examples and practical advice have helped me to face and overcome weaknesses. When we lived in Livonia, Michigan, an LDS chapel was built near our home. I remember feeling a very peaceful feeling when I’d look at that building, even though it wasn’t the prettiest Church on that street. I have since learned to recognize that feeling as the power of the Holy Ghost. I was taught that God loves me and will answer my prayers. He has! I have met many wonderful people of different faiths. I see a variety of views, as people interpret the same scriptures differently. Through prayer, I have come to know that God still speaks through prophets today. Key doctrinal questions are answered, just like when Jesus explained the scriptures 2000 years ago. Through prayer, I can know that the answers that the prophets give are really from God.

How I live my faith

I start every day with prayer and scripture study. I am not a fast reader, but I’ve found that if I spend 30 or more minutes a day, I can read quite a bit in a year. Over the years, I’ve become very familiar with the gospel teachings and wonderful stories. More importantly, this prayer and scripture study helps me to be calmer, happier, and even smarter. For example, when I was in college, some of my best work was after prayer and scripture study. I could tell that my brain worked better, and that I had help in learning and solving difficult problems. I still pray for, and receive help with my work today. I love to go to Church. Partaking of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is the highlight; an opportunity to reflect on what Jesus has done for me, and to recommit myself to taking on me His name. I also love talking with others. I draw strength from their faith. I also enjoy the opportunity to occasionally teach a lesson. Back in 1998, I was asked by the Church leaders to work with the Boy Scouts. I was initially reluctant, because I didn’t know much about boys that age, and didn’t have fond memories of sleeping on the ground. However, I said “yes” and have been involved ever since. It’s been a great blessing to me. I developed great friendships with the scouts and other adult leaders, and feel like I’ve been able to make a positive difference.