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Hi I'm Graig

I was born and live in Washington State where my wife and I have raised seven children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I taught physical science and coached wrestling to junior high students for ten years, then became a computer programmer. I love backpack, canoe and whitewater trips, especially with my children. While I have lived in Washington State nearly all my life, our children have lived in Hawaii, South Korea, Japan, Samoa, Thailand, Russia and England.

Why I am a Mormon

I have attended church all my life. I was raised in the Presbyterian Church in Seattle, then after we moved to Bellevue as a teenager, I attended the United Church of Christ. While working on a farm for the summer before college, I attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I found some things were familiar including a reverence for the Bible and the teachings of the Savior, but other things strange including the lack of a cross, no minister who delivered sermons, weekly communion they called Sacrament, and a book they called the Book of Mormon. One Sunday I asked "Our church has what we call the Bible. Is your Book of Mormon like the Bible?" I was given a copy of the Book of Mormon and began reading. When my employer told me of the Father and Son appearing to Joseph Smith, it reminded me of Cinderella and the fairy Godmother. When the missionaries taught me, I was impressed how logical and complete the Gospel was. That fall at Washington State University, I sought out the Church. I was connected with missionaries again. They invited me to pray and find out if what seemed logical to me was also true. While studying in my dorm one evening, I found myself torn between the homework and the challenge to pray. Finding no suitable place near the dorm, I found a park a few blocks away that was dark and abandoned where I made my attempt. I asked whether what I had been taught was true, whether I should join this church, then I waited and listened. With my eyes closed, I imagined that I saw light slowly increasing. I reflected on how this was similar to that of Joseph Smith's vision. That scared me! I wondered whether this were an answer, then came a flood of confirmation, I told the Lord that I would serve a mission and join His church, and was overcome with light, understanding and tears.

How I live my faith

With 5 sons (all Eagle Scouts) I have served in several Boy Scout positions and participated and helped organize numerous campouts and Father's and Son's activities. I have received Woodbadge training and worked at the District level in our local Boy Scout council In church I served as a missionary in Germany, numerous Church assignments and currently serve as Bishop's counselor.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

When a cobler was once asked who he was, he replied "I am a husband and father. I make my living mending shoes." I have lived long enough to know that the most important work I will ever do in this life will take place within the walls of our home. Our children are now adults, 5 are married and raising children of their own. My joy now is to see our 11 (now in 2018 soon to be 17) grandchildren growing up in loving, happy homes by righteous parents. Show more Show less