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Hi I'm Glade

I'm a husband, a dad, a businessman, a triathlete and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met and married my wife when I was 19 years old. We have been married for over 20 years now. We are the parents of 5 boys and 4 girls, with my oldest starting her 2nd year of college and my youngest not yet 5 years old. I was born into a large family with 5 boys and 4 girls. We run a family business together and it has been a wonderful experience to be able to be with my family on a daily basis. We like each other so much, we also get together almost every Sunday for dinner. My parents have 29 grandchildren with 2 more on the way. A few years ago, a friend of my challenged me to participate in a triathlon, and that started a love for new challenges that has not stopped. I have competed in every size triathlon, including the Ironman in July of last year.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were members of the church. Growing up, I followed and did as my parents did. I remember very distinctly the day when I was converted. I was 24 years old and while in a church class, the teacher gave a lesson on the Atonement. I remember being overcome with gratitude for my Savior, and all that he had done for me. I decided, in that class, to work at making my life to be in sync with God's desires for me. I am so glad that I have a loving Heavenly Father, that knows me and my struggles. To know that he created a plan, that allows be to be part of a family forever. To know that Jesus Christ fulfilled his role as the Savior of the world, and that allows be to rid myself of the wrongs that I do, and to become clean, because of him. I am honored to have taken his name upon me and to be called a Christian and a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Every day has its challenges. The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me a perspective of what I should do and how I should act. Being a Christian changes the way you see people. Being a Christian helps see the good in all people. Being a member of the church gives me the opportunity to serve those people. I have painted homes, helped people move, helped with landscaping, visited in hospitals, refereed a basketball game, taught the lifesaving Merit Badge, and helped fix a car, and that is all in the last month. I have recently thought a lot about when Christ was appeared to the apostles after his resurrection and the Apostles had had a long night of fishing and they caught nothing. When they got to shore, Christ asked Peter “Do you love ME, more than these?” While I am not Peter, I believe I could answer that I love HIM more than anything, and that love helps me be a better husband, parent, employer, friend and neighbor.