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Hi I'm Louis

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- a mormon!

About Me

My wife, Cathy, and I have been married for 26 years and share a wonderful life together. We are proud parents of five children, who now range in age from 14 to 25. I am enjoying my third decade in my chosen career field -- human resources/organization development. I suppose you could say I'm a family man. I love to spend time with my family -- day trips to lighthouses (we live in the Seattle area) and other local sites, road trips to visit extended family/favorite places (such as Yellowstone National Park), getting together for holiday gatherings, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was the grandson of German immigrants and was raised in the Lutheran faith. My mother was raised in a home where religion was not discussed favorably. However, at age 17 she persuaded her father to allow her to follow her heart and join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Several years later, my mother and father met while they were both serving in the United States Navy. Shortly after meeting, they fell in love and were married; along came four boys, including me. We were raised in the church, and my father joined the church when I was 12. Later, my two sisters came into our family and completed our family of eight. I will forever be grateful for the privilege of being raised in a home where the Gospel of Jesus Christ was taught and lived by loving parents. There have been many, many times throughout my life when the Holy Spirit has touched my soul and affirmed to my heart and mind that Jesus is my Savior, that he died for each of us, that He is there for us, and that He personally stands at the head of this church, which bears His name. In Mathew 16 we read, "When Jesus came into the coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou [Peter] for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Like Peter, I too know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I have come to possess this knowledge the same way that Peter did -- the same way that anyone can know of the truth of these things for themselves -- through personal revelation from God. He really is there, and he does hear and answer our prayers.

How I live my faith

A couple of years ago, I was asked by our church leaders to serve as the bishop (congregation leader) of our local ward (congregation). Our ward is comprised of approximately 160 member households (450 individuals) that live within a specified geographic area. As wards, church members worship together, learn the Gospel, and serve and strengthen each other. In short, we do our best to help one another become true followers of Jesus Christ. In addition to my church responsibilities, I also enjoy participating in community service projects such as working at the local arboretum, cleaning up roadside litter, repairing local hiking/biking trails, assisting with noxious weed abatement, etc. Not only do I enjoy this type of work, it increases my appreciation of and respect for the wonderful community in which we live.