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Hi I'm Collin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live with my wife, Karma Zoe Joseph Smith in Arvada, Colorado. We moved here from Salt Lake City in 1967 when I was transferred by my job with Buehner Schokbeton. After 5 years there I started my own company, Absolute Waterproofing. The name was later changed to Smith-Wolf Construction as I had a partner, Merlin Wolf. I shut down that business in 1991 and joined a national firm doing the same kind of work. I stayed with them, Western Waterproofing, as Branch Manager until 2004 when I retired. We have four children and twelve grandchildren. The number of great grandchildren is currently up to nine with more on their way.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors on both my mother's and my father's sides joined the LDS church shortly after it was organized by Jospeh Smith in 1836. They emigrated to Utah (some crossing the plains with wagons and handcarts). They were sent to Southern Utah by Brigham Young to establish a city. I grew up as a member of the L.D.S Church and really never considered joining any other. The Church emphasies eternal marriage, so I set my goal to marry an LDS girl who could be sealed to me for time and all eternity. I met my sweetheart who was from Beaver, Utah, while we both attended the Univerity of Utah and I knew right away that she was to be my eternal companion. I served a mission in Northern California from1954 to 1956 and shortly after I returned home we were married in the St. George, Utah, LDS temple. During my service as a missionary, I read, prayed, studied, and received a burning testimony that the Church was founded on true principles. I believe that I have been exposed enough to other religions to know that I am in Christ's Church that has been restored in these latter days. I continue to read, pray, attend chruch, and serve as much as I can to keep my testimony alive and confirming to me that I am doing what Heavenly Father wants me to do. I tried to show by example what the Church meant to me. The Chruch has been a guide post all my life. I can't imagine what it would be like without it. It has brought me blessings too numerous to name.

How I live my faith

It is common for members of the Church to be asked ("Called") to fill certain positions in the Church organizations on a temporary basis. Since the Church depends on it's members to conduct all the activities, the "Callings" are performed without compensation. Whether I have been a Sunday School teacher, a full-time missionary, a counselor to a Bishop, a member of the Stake High Council, or as the Bishop (pastor). I've tried to do my best. The standard worship services take place on Sunday and last three hours. I would feel very uncomfortable if I awoke on a Sunday morning and did not get ready to go to Church. This characteristic is such a part of me, that I have attended Church nearly every Sunday of my entire life. By my being involved in each of the activities I have mentioned here, I feel that I am LIVING MY FAITH.

What is faith?

Collin
The definition of Faith, ----"hope for things which are NOT seen which are true" is difficult to comprehend. Too many of us constantly look for evidence that we can see or touch. We frequently hear members of the Church express his/her belief based on experiences they have had that appear to be physical evidence. They may say that some ancient relative appeared to them in the Temple, or that he or she have received an answer to a prayer when someone gave them some money just when they needed it most. To me, these statements tell me they may be looking for SIGNS. I believe that blessings come in answer to prayers, but I don't believe we should look for answers by seeking for signs. I'm not saying that miracles don't happen - in fact, they happen regularly to those who believe. But they are not the source of a person's testimony. Any non-believer can say, "My, what a coincidence". Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Collin
I have read the Book of Mormon several times and each time I have received the spiritual witness that it is the word of God. It just amazes me that anyone who reads the book and prays about it's meaning can believe that a mortal man could have written it without the help of God. I cannot find any inconsistencies in its scope and detail. Dates, names, and places are so precise without contradiction that even without the spiritual witness I cannot believe it could have come about within the time frame and by a person so lacking in general knowledge as was Joseph Smith or anyone else among his acquaintances. Show more Show less