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Hi I'm Forrest

I love the outdoors. I'm a people-person. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Coloradoan. I grew-up backpacking, hiking, car-camping, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing, snow caving, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, canyoneering and bouldering. I wasn't much into sports in school but I was very active. My climbing partner and I would go climbing or bouldering as often as possible, and with a varied climbing spot just 15 minutes away we went pretty often. In college classes kept me very busy and I didn't have nearly as much time to "get out". Fortunately, I got a job (sometimes paid, sometimes volunteer) with the outdoor activities program leading adventure trips. I loved to organize and lead trips that were sometimes not well attended and ended-up being lame, but were usually loads of fun with a van full of rowdy college kids. It was hard to beat going on an awesome snow shoeing trip with other people excited about doing something so unique and fun. I have always loved the beauty, peace and tranquility of the outdoors. Today, as a husband and father I less time than ever to do some of the outdoor activities that I loved so much in high school and college. But when I can get out, I enjoy myself more than I ever did before because I get to share these wonderful experiences with the two people that I love most in life: my family.

Why I am a Mormon

"Why I'm a Mormon" is a complicated and lengthy topic. I'm not sure if I should start with my logical arguments that have to do my observation that Jesus Christ established an organized Church when he was living on the earth and that His Church as found in the Bible is also found in the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or if I should describe the numerous and frequent personal experiences that witness to my heart that Jesus Christ leads the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today through a living prophet. It's a complicated topic. When I have been asked this very complicated question by friends my answer has been paradoxically simply: Because it makes me happy. It makes me happy to understand well what happens after death. It makes me happy to know that while God has a whole universe to run, He loves nothing more than to listen to and answer the prayers of someone as stubborn as me. It makes me happy to know that religion and scientific exploration are not mutually exclusive. It makes me happy that God has given me a lot of commandments both through his living prophets and through the Holy Ghost directly to me so that I know exactly what I have to do to return to live with Him and to live with my family forever. All of these things I learned in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they make me very happy--that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

When I was 19-years-old I left my home and my country and served a two-year LDS Mission in Greece and Cyprus. Besides trying to comfort my wife through a miscarriage, my mission is the hardest thing that I have ever done. But it was also so rewarding that even after 7 years 2 months and 12 days since it ended I still feel its effect. I still speak Greek and am raising my son bilingually. I also team-teach a Greek class at the local Greek Orthodox Church. The Greek language and many life and spiritual lessons are just some of the many legacies of my mission. At Church I am the president of our local men's group and, along with two counselors, a secretary and an assistant secretary, we lead a group of men that are trying their best to be the kinds of husbands, fathers and sons that God would have them be. These men and this position have taught me much, but not nearly as much as I still have to learn. I am also a home teacher which means that I have a few families in my local congregation that are assigned to me and my home teaching companion that we visit as least once per month. We go by to share a Gospel message and assess any special needs our families may have. Home teachers are often called when priesthood blessings are needed for sick or injured family members, to organize church members in helping with a family's move, to lay tile, to rip up carpet, to move a couch, etc. The home teaching program exists because the bishop (the local ecclesiastical leader similar to a priest or pastor) cannot visit every family every month. Home teachers enter families' homes and represent and report to the bishop in discovering their spiritual and temporal needs. In a way, home teachers also represent Jesus Christ who spent His time visiting and administering to individuals. My home teachers bring the love of the Savior with them. As a Mormon, I feel that I have the responsibility and the opportunity to live my faith in many different and rewarding ways every single day.