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Hi I'm Craig

I was raised on a farm in Weiser, Idaho. Now I'm a video motion graphics designer and a voice actor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town, but I left after high school, so I could find a place with more people and opportunities. I got a degree in finance and economics from Utah State, but not long after I graduated I realized that wasn't the career path for me. I decided to start over. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I knew what I wanted to do, but it seemed unrealistic and naive. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a cartoonist and actor, and ever since then I've always liked art and drawing and computers. My first job after graudation was at a yearbook publisher working on the computer and doing little touchups in Photoshop. It was after working there for two years that I realized art and design could actually be a practicle way to make a living. That's when I quit my job and went to ITT Tech to study Multimedia. While going to school, I worked for a local television station, and just before I earned my associate's degree, I got a job for a well-known fitness website making exercise training videos. I am currently specializing in creating graphics and animations as well as doing voice over work.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a very practical religion to me. It works with my life. The principles taught by the Church such as respecting other's independence, taking responsibility for one's own actions, serving others, respecting women, the importance of families, and more are things that can improve or add to anyone's life whether they were members of this Church or not. On top of the practical things of life, there are the spiritual things taught by the Church that give meaning to this life beyond just the way we go from day to day. For example, the idea that families can be together forever even after this life, or the belief that because of Jesus Christ we all have the opportunity to repend or be cleaned of our past mistakes, and because of that, we are in fact able to return to Him if we follow the things He teaches.

How I live my faith

Growing up in my family we always had dinner together every evening. Before each meal we would pray together--we would all fold our arms and close our eyes, and one person would say the prayer. We were taught to give thanks for the good things that had happened to us because it is important to recognize that all these things come from God. We would also ask for help and support for things that were important to us as a family because God wants us to remember that when we have problems, he is there to support us. My parents would also bring the family to church every Sunday--all nine of us. I know it was a lot of work for them, but it taught me how important it was to make that effort for the Lord. When I was 19, I served a full-time mission preaching the gospel and teachings of the Church in Thailand. I had never been there before, and I knew nothing about the culture or language, but I knew it's what God wanted me to do. So for two years I studied the language, got to know the people, and taught them as well as I could about God's love for us. I've been back in the States for several years now, and since I've been home, I've tried to follow the things I taught and the things my parents taught me. I've had responsibilities in the church from teaching to making assignments to counting donations, and because it's all done on a volunteer basis, it all comes with a personal sacrifice of time and effort. The reason I'm able to do it is because I believe that the organization of the Church comes from God, and it is meant to help individuals find strength in each other in order to be closer to him.