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Hi I'm Hal

I’m an empty-nester living the dream life (well sort of) in Orange County. And I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I’m among the oldest of the “baby boomers.” So, if you want to talk with me about the 50s and 60s, you’d better do so soon before I forget. I grew up with 2 sisters and no brothers. I’m married with 6 daughters (4 living) and no sons. So, I’ve basically lived my whole life in a girl’s dormitory! But that’s OK with me since we now have 5 wonderful son-in-laws and 24 terrific grandchildren (with 15 grandsons, yeah!). I’ve spent my career as a CPA and banker – that qualifies me to be a “numbers guy”. I love going for long walks with my wife of 45 years and keeping abreast of the news. Life is good to us here in the OC.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I’m a 6th generation Mormon, I’ve had to gain my own conviction that Mormonism is the right path. My ancestors converted to this church as early as the 1830s. They endured unbelievable persecution and difficulty including crossing the plains as pioneers in 1847 from Illinois to Utah, from Wales to Arizona, etc. -- and along the way having tests of their faith including the loss of some of their children and their earthly possessions. While my life doesn’t begin to compare to their challenges, their faith in a loving and caring God has been sufficient for me to want to study and determine my own level of faith. More than any other way, I would have to say this has come about through attempting to live the tenets and beliefs of my faith – and then watching the fruits that have come about over time as I’ve nourish the small seeds of faith. My wife is a convert to the church and has set a good example for me and our daughters. Our family knows that our faith in this gospel is what sustained us during the loss of our 10 year old daughter/sister to cancer and our 42 year old daughter to relatively sudden liver failure. I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I didn’t say these losses were the worst of nightmares. Our whole family could have fallen apart at such a loss. But instead we became more committed than ever to living our faith and through the grace of Jesus Christ and His atonement, we will be permitted to live with her in the next life. It will be a sweet reunion.

How I live my faith

I believe that through Christ all things are possible if it is His will. I’ve learned that the single most important orientation in my life is to be totally loyal to God by making Him the one and only top priority in my life. I need to submit my will at His altar. Really, that’s all I have to offer Him. I’ve found that nothing else, including my marriage, will never be what it should be unless that happens. I can’t expect God to always be totally loyal me and then only be totally loyal to Him when there’s a need of mine. I find that praying several times a day with my wife helps keep my compass oriented. I love my neighbors including those not of my faith. I love being of service both in my community and in our church, and I’ve made myself available for that to happen. There’s nothing quite like losing yourself in service to others. It enlarges the soul.