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Hi I'm Stuart

I'm a husband, father, restoration contractor, youth football and basketball coach and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a pig and cotton farm in Duncan, AZ (population approx 650). I love Duncan and feel I had the best childhood that any kid could possibly have (with wonderful parents and 4 amazing brothers) but had to leave to go to college and make a living. I'm a partner in various companies, mostly dealing in construction. Most of my time is spent with our restoration company, where we rebuild homes and restore property damaged by fire, flood, storms or other kinds of disasters. My free time is spent with my wife and best friend of 21years and my 4 kids. We're in the process of adopting 3 more kids from Peru. I coach youth basketball and flag football. I'm involved with many charities, my favorite is the Sunflower orphanage in Peru, where the kids we are adopting live. I dream of doing charity work around the world, continuing work in Peru but also helping provide water to villages in Africa. I love to garden, ride ATV's, and play raquetball and basketball though as I get older sports get harder to play.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been involved in the LDS church my entire life, and was baptized when I was 8 years old. I have never doubted the truthfulness of the church because it always felt right. Many of the most amazing people I knew as a child were LDS and I wanted to be like them. I noticed that their lives were guided by their faith and I wanted to have that as well. As I reached my late teen years I thought I'd better make a decision and find out for myself if the church was true--more than just something to guide my life now and make me a better person, but I figured that my eternal well-being was likely at stake so I thought to do something more to really know. I thought about the church's doctrines, and began to study and consider spiritual things more. As I studied and prayed about the truthfulness of the church, I came to know without a doubt that it is true. Since then I have applied the teachings of the church in my life as best I could and have been blessed tremendously by it. The teachings on family, morality, love, charity etc. have all blessed my life-I don't know how my life would be without the gospel, but I know things would be much different and I wouldn't have the joy and happiness that I enjoy now.

How I live my faith

My faith guides and helps me decide many things I do in my daily life. We try to have daily scripture study as a family, usually around 5:50am. It seems to start our day off right (though sometimes we are a little sleepy). My faith guides how I speak and how I treat other people. I help with the missionary work in my ward, meaning I help teach people who are interested in the church, help teach a Sunday school class that focuses on the basic gospel principles for those new to the church, investigating the church, or just want to learn more of the simple principles and doctrines of the church. I love to visit and welcome those who move into our ward and help to acclimate them. My wife and I have regular open houses in our home and invite those who are new or investigating so that they can have more and instant friends in the ward and neighborhood. We enjoy having family home evening each Monday evening, and we love to invite people over to enjoy it with us. We especially like to have those who are stuggling in some way so they can know someone cares about them. For many years I worked with the young men in the ward, mostly in scouting. I still have this opportunity occasionally