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Hi I'm Forrest

I'm a Father, Engineer, Scoutmaster, IronMan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up my Dad's job took us over most of the Western States. My high school years were spent in Texas, where I learned to love sports. We moved several times after that and my summer jobs included working in the Pineapple fields of Hawaii, being on a wheat breeding crew in Colorado, testing the soil in the cane fields of south Texas, working landscape in Kansas and working computer support at a GeoTechnical company on the Gulf Coast. During my mission I served in Southern California. I graduated from Collage met the love of my life and moved to the Northwest. Running has been a big balm for me to help relieve my stress. I've finished over 20 marathons and have qualified and ran in the Boston Marathon. At work I solve problems in a large company. I'd like to think that I'm successful because I work hard and people can trust me. That's given me that chance to work with amazing people on challenging projects. My oldest Son is an eagle scout and my second oldest is working on his. But the most important thing to me is that he was worthy and willing to serve a mission. And he is right now. I feel like people should follow their dreams. About a year ago I felt that it was important to run and Full Ironman. So as I balance work, church, and homeschooling my kids that's what I'm going to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because it's what connects me to my God. I rely on him everyday. He is my strength and leads my feet through the challenges of life. I am not strong or smart enough to live my life on my own. The Mormon church is not about half measures. It demands full commitment. I have seen the effect of people trying to find a church that fits them. Something that helps them to feel good. It never works. My learning in sports has taught me that to improve you must learn the simple basics and at first it feels awkward and right at the same time. But over time those learning make you increase your abilities and that's the way the Mormon church works in my life. Every principle in the church is true. And one of the fundamental one is that the heavens are open and that we can talk to God. We have men on the earth that can give us prophetic guidance. We can read his word not only to the Jews but to people of other lands. All these words, directions, and faith lead in a straight path, I'm a Mormon because I am a Christian and it's the way for me to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and to be like him.

How I live my faith

I am a scoutmaster. I work with the 12 and 13 year old boys. It's rewarding. These boys are making important decisions. I'm there at the cross roads. Scouting is not about camping or earning badges. This is something every scoutmaster needs to know. There is something that's called the patrol method. It's an amazing thing. The boys are given a safe place to be taught correct principles and then they are left to govern themselves. I'm there to teach the principles and give them a safe place to grow. A physically, spiritually, and emotionally safe place to grow. We do have non-Mormon boys in my troop. The principles are for everyone.