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Hi I'm Russell

I love architecture, drafting and design. Grew up in Utah, live in Nebraska and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I knew I wanted to be in the drafting and design field since I was 9 years old. I drew a picture of a military tank. I then gave it dimensions and call outs. When I was done and looked at my picture, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, no question. My high school offered drafting as an elective course. Having 3 electives out of an 8 class requirement, I took every one of those electives in the drafting room. I was in the drafting room more than any other part of the school. I learned board drafting and AutoCAD was just breaking into the industry when I graduated. I excelled at mechanical drafting, but my heart was in Architectural drafting. In college I got a degree in Architectural Drafting and Design. I found work with a home builder, then an AE (Architect Engineer) firm. Through these employers I learned an industry that I love. As a kid I enjoyed rock climbing and bicycling. I found a knack for both and really went for it on every level. I befriended a former rock climbing champion who taught me everything about the sport. I raced competitively in Mountain Biking, locally. I met my wife while we were both working at WAL*MART. When we met, it was easy. We didn't have to try. We dated and then married in Provo, UT. 4 years later we were sealed for time and all eternity in the Omaha, Nebraska Winter Quarters temple. We have 5 awesome kids that keep us on our toes. I look forward to the opportunity to have her as my bride in the eternities.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my entire life. My ancestry on my fathers, mothers side (My grandmother) goes back to the restoration of the church. I was not converted to the faith until I was 19. I had never had a testimony of my own until then. Somebody asked me how I knew the church to be true. I answered something to the effect that the prophets and my parents say it is. Then a few days later I was talking to a girl and asked her how she knew the church was true. She responded "The spirit (holy ghost) told me." I knew at that point that I did not have a testimony and I had better get one quick. I picked up the Book of Mormon after a breakup in a relationship and read it. I read it for comfort, but also to give me something to do. After I read the last chapter in the book, which invites us to ask if these things are not true, I did exactly that. I knelt down and asked God if these things are not true. I tell you with soberness that God testified to me through the Holy Ghost that this is indeed his restored gospel. I had gained my testimony. After getting married I went inactive for a couple of years. We lived in Salt Lake and never went to church. When we moved to Omaha, Nebraska and had our first son, we realized that we had better get back to church. We made the decision and have not looked back.

How I live my faith

I ensure that my family gets to hear the gospel on a regular basis. Especially my children. I read from the scripture on a nightly basis with my family. We pray together often and we attend meetings. I enjoy the opportunity to serve and work. As Elders Quorum President of a small unit in central Nebraska, I get the opportunity to serve quite a bit. From moving, to visiting, tree removal, cleanups and activity planning I get my share of helping others. There seems to be more I wish I could do. I follow the quote "Always preach the gospel. And if necessary, use words." I have no doubt in my mind that this is the full and restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How does the Church finance its operations?

The church funds itself through tithing. We are asked to give 10% of what we earn. No one in the church is paid. We are ALL volunteers. Therefor 100% of what we donate goes to the operation of the churches programs, paying the operating costs of meeting houses, building temples and helping those in need around the world. Show more Show less