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Hi I'm Burton

I'm a fourth degree black belt. I compete in trebuchet pumpkin throwing contests. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the father of 4 cute little girls, and being married to the girl of my dreams, I'm very protective of my family. I want to be the best provider I can while enjoying as much time with my family as possible. With the volatility of the economy and modern retirement plans, I feel strongly about finding a more reliable way to ensure that my family will be provided for, come what may. I find that comfort in using much of our free-time to develop homesteading skills... food production and storage methods, soil improvement, doing household projects on our own, and providing plenty of opportunity for my girls to help and play in the great out-doors. I dream about building my own Compressed Earth Block home complete with passive thermal regulation. My wife and I work hard to be on the same page and enjoy working on these goals together. I grew up doing Martial Arts in a family of all Black Belts, eventually becoming a 4th Dan Master Instructor. I married into a family of trebuchet builders and - as the engineer that I am - enjoy tinkering with design improvements. I compost, push Excel to its limits, and dance with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born in the church, I've found my own conviction about how fully God is able and willing to engage in my life. If He's willing to answer my daughter's prayer to help find her lost water bottle by telling my wife where it was, why would I even entertain the though that He might not be interested in helping me with life's bigger challenges? I've found that as I've applied His teachings in my life, asked Him for help, and practiced trusting His help, it has become easier to tell what it feels like when He's presenting me with an open door. That path somehow feels more clear, in contrast to the mounting anxiety I feel when I keep beating my head against a closed door. Those feelings of inner clarity and stillness, as well as obvious responses to prayers, have increased as I've expanded my study of the scriptures to include not just the Bible, but the Book of Mormon and words of our current prophets and sought the Lord's help in fine-tuning how to apply them. The more of His word I'm willing to follow the more I recognize His hand blessing my life, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I recently served as a member of our HOA Board of Directors and later as President. My wife and I manage the scheduling of our church building, which is shared with 4 congregations. Before that I was on a committee that organized activities for all 9 local congregations and as a financial auditor for local congregations other than my own. We are constantly looking for more ways to follow the counsel of our modern prophets to be as self-sufficient as possible, without secluding ourselves from society. We've set aside all of Sunday for church meetings and assignments, and time to catch up with extended family. Monday evening, from the time I get home from work, is dedicated solely to being present (including mentally) with my family. This also precludes phone calls from all but family. These Monday night Family Home Evenings are spent with the entire family, we take time to teach each other about the gospel of Jesus Christ, enjoy homemade refreshments, and play games together.