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Hi I'm Craig

I'm a husband, father, statistician. I love spending time with my wife and kids, soccer games, teaching others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Colorado for 12 years and love it. I enjoy watching my kids grow and develop, tackle challenges, and achieve. My wife and I have been married for nearly 20 years and have had children born in three different states, attended two different universities and had three different jobs since graduation. I've been a university professor, consultant and am currently data modeler for a large communications firm. We love family time, barbecues with friends, bike rides, playing cards and board games. I look forward to an annual hunting trip each fall where I can get away from the everyday things and have time to reflect on the important people and aspects in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of the Church because I have had strong feelings many many times as I have pondered and prayed about the principles taught. My parents raised me to believe since birth and I never had any strong doubts. Prior to serving a mission, I wanted to know for myself. I had a powerful moment where God spoke to me through the scriptures and answered a personal, private prayer. That moment is etched into my being, and I have had other similar experiences of the same magnitude. As a missionary, I had the opportunity to testify of the existence of God, of the divinity of His Son Jesus Christ, of the power of the atonement that affords repentance and of the mission of Joseph Smith. Every time I taught those principles, I had a confirmation that they were true. Since then, I have had a myriad of experiences where the Holy Spirit warms my heart, and reminds me of these eternal truths. The Book of Mormon (Alma chapter 32) teaches about the "experiment." My background in statistics has made me keen to experiments and measuring the outcomes. The experiment is to plant the seed of the word in your heart, and see if it grows. If it is a good seed, and your heart has a good place, then the seed will grow and create feelings of love, warmth, confidence and patience. I love the method here. It is simple enough for a child to understand and scientific enough for any doubter. The outcomes have been of varying strength and intensity, but they have been sure. Repeated measures are important so that I know God is listening to my prayers and interested in my life and how I live it. A thousand bricks of personal revelation have helped me decide to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to show my faith by creating a strong marriage, teaching my children, helping others and personal study. My wife and I attend worship services together, have frequent dates, and talk every night before going to bed (I call this my decompression chamber). We pray for our children and spend time together serving others. I spend time each week teaching my children morals, life lessons, the gospel and how to love. It is a duty that I take very seriously. Sometimes, the lessons are taught around the dinner table. Sometimes when we are playing games or travelling to go visit family in another state. We have formal family meetings where we take turns teaching the gospel. I feel most effective as a father when I sit one-on-one with my children and listen to their thoughts and strive to understand their fears. I am responsible to visit and care for three other families in my congregation. They have different spiritual and temporal and emotional needs from those that I encounter in my home. As I strive to do what I think Christ would have me do for them, I have been blessed as well. I also take my study of the scriptures and gospel seriously. I regularly read from the scriptures in both chronological order and by topic. I am amazed at how just a few minutes a day can change one's perspective, show the Lord you have faith in Him and lift one's spirit. The lessons the Lord can teach are innumerable and only require persistence and faith. I also have frequent opportunities to teach, and I have found great power in using the scriptures to teach eternal truths. Showing faith in Christ requires that one live like He did. He served others, loved children and taught the Gospel. I'm trying to be like Jesus.