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Hi I'm Slade

I'm a husband, a father, an engineer, a Scout leader, a school volunteer, a veteran, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Between college, a mission, and my military service I have lived in New England, the Southeast, the Northwest, Europe, and the Middle East. When I completed my active duty military service my family and I settled back in the Northwest. I love being near the mountains and ocean. I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, running and biking - especially with my family. I also enjoy reading, photography, gardening, and music. My wife and I met in church choir and music has an important place in our home. I volunteer in my kids' school and with the Boy Scouts. I am a husband, a father, an engineer, a veteran, a volunteer - and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a few years before I was born. While my father did not attend any church, he was supportive of my mom and the kids attending church. I chose to be baptized when I was eight years old. Growing up I had moments of doubt and times of questioning as a teenager, but I found strength and support in the teachings of Jesus Christ. As I continued to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon my faith in Christ and his restored Gospel grew. My faith did not come in one miraculous moment, but came line-by-line in a series of cumulating experiences that nevertheless provided a sure foundation. I have plenty of faults, but I strive to follow the example of Jesus a little better each day and have hope in his redeeming love.

How I live my faith

First and foremost I try to be like Jesus Christ in showing love and patience to all around me. Admittedly, I fall short of the mark, but I keep trying. I love my children and my wife and I work together to teach them. By our words and our example we hope to teach them the importance not only of education and hard work, but also of love, service, charity, and living a Christ-like life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a church of participation. Local leaders are lay members, not professional clergy, so there are lots of opportunities to serve. I currently serve in the youth organization for my "stake" - a geographical collection of congregations similar to a diocese. Young people face a host of challenges today and often are ridiculed for professing belief or maintaining moral standards. It's important for them to find strength and support from their peers, so we help them plan activities, dances, and workshops where they can get together, have a good time, and share their experiences in a supportive environment. I really enjoy working with the youth and seeing their enthusiasm for the Gospel.