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Hi I'm Maury

I am a husband, father, and someone who loves learning about people, society, and culture. I'm an adopted Texan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of seven children from a family raised primarily in the southwestern United States. I found my best friend and wife while in college, and we now enjoy being Texans with our four children. I studied communications and journalism in college in Utah and New Mexico which led to a short stint as a newspaper reporter before launching a career in marketing research and advertising. While I love what I continue learn in my career, I cherish the most important moments I've had as a husband and father. Teaching my kids to ride a bike, coaching soccer and basketball, and visiting at parent night each year at various schools are the kinds of things that continue bring joy to daily life. My wife and I have been blessed to travel together and experience many parts of the world, including our favorite place to visit - New York City. Life is a challenge, but living it is a joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents with a lengthy heritage of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. At a young age, I distinctly remember wanting to know "who am I really, and why am I here" and receiving a peaceful realization that I am a unique person, a son of God, and created for a purpose. As a teenager, i was able to receive a blessing from an authorized patriarch in our church and again felt the confirmation of my identity and my testimony that Jesus Christ is, indeed, our elder brother, our Savior, and the gateway back to our Father in Heaven. At 19 years of age, I chose to serve a 2-year mission for my church to share the knowledge of God's plan for happiness, and I was assigned to labor in Arizona, eventually spending much of my time with Spanish-speaking people in the area. Later I chose to take my best friend to a temple of God so that we could be sealed as an eternal family. I know that my wife and our four children have the opportunity to live together forever through the blessings of the temple. I choose today to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as a Mormon because it provides me a clear understanding of who I am, why I am here, and where I am going. I know God is our father. I know He gave us this opportunity on Earth to learn to love, to learn to choose good over evil, to learn to care for others more than self interest. As I do all I can to try to do good, I know the example of Jesus Christ, and the grace of His sacrifice and atonement, will help lift me to who I am meant to become. Daily life is my chance to learn, and being a member of this church I benefit from clarity of the gospel, blessings from God's priesthood authority, and guidance from a living prophet who communicates directly with God on our behalf. To me, being a member of this church is who I am, who i aspire to be, and how I live my life.

How I live my faith

For many years I have served in our church working with the youth in scouting and various other activities. Because our church is a lay ministry, we have many different chances to help each other to fill the different needs of a congregation of families, children, and people of all ages. I now help organize activities and instruction for young single adults in the Austin area, students who attend the University of Texas or are working in the area launching their careers.