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Hi I'm Lance

I'm a Mormon. I was born into the church, but like everyone, I had to learn for myself if the doctrines in this church were true.

About Me

I'm in my early 40's, and currently going through college for the second time. I was a radio announcer for nearly 15 years, but saw the field go through many changes during that time, and as it became increasingly more difficult to make a living, I felt it was time to tackle the education again. Currently I'm studying Radiography, with a current end goal of going into Medical Diagnostic Sonography. My hobbies include reading, singing, racquetball, basketball, hunting, shooting, and camping. I'm a father of a 16 year old daughter who is absolutely wonderful. I'm also the proud husband of one of the most remarkable women I've ever met.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, but was the only Mormon in my school growing up, until my younger brother came along five years behind me. Being in that situation, I was in a sense "forced" to face my faith and it's teachings early on, and decide for myself if I were going to live it or not. The standards by which I lived as a young man were much different than nearly all of my friends, and I wondered if I was missing out on a lot of what I felt at the time was fun. Around the age of 15, I was really feeling the pressure to make the decision about which direction I wanted my life to go. At the time, all my friends were drinking and such, and they all claimed to have a lot of fun. I was not participating in that lifestyle, but was wondering if perhaps I should. Fortunately for me, I realized that I had two different options in front of me: I could either walk away from my church and beliefs I had been raised with and follow the path of my friends, or I could embrace my beliefs and not look back. I believe that I had Divine Inspiration in my decision-making process. Somehow I knew I'd be better off testing the truthfulness of my church before testing the ways of the world. I'm so glad I felt that prompting. I started by trying to learn if the teachings I had grown up with came from God or not. The first place anyone (born into the Mormon church or not) needs to start is with the Book of Mormon. Everything else hinges on that. It's a logical progression: If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of God. If Joseph Smith was a true prophet, then you can automatically know that the church he brought into the world and it's teachings are also true. A false prophet or quack could not bring forth a true book and church. So at the age of 15, I began seriously reading the Book of Mormon, and seriously praying to learn if what I was reading was true. It took some time and tears, but the answers was a definite "Yes" that I still remember.

How I live my faith

Like any normal guy, I struggle with weaknesses and laziness, and things that prevent me from really drawing near to my God, but I always try to do better. Every moment of my day my morals and beliefs influence everything I do and say. As a result, I do not swear, I do not drink coffee, tea, or alcohol, and my coworkers notice these things. My friends always wondered why I didn't take my dating relationships as far physically as they did. I'm constantly aware of my desire to set a good example to those I associate with in the hope that I may "Let my light shine". I also serve as the choir director for my local congregation, and while it's challenging, it's also fun, and I love the feeling a beautiful hymn can bring into a meeting.