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Hi I'm Craig

I grew up on a cattle ranch in southern Alberta, Canada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a heavy equipment mechanic, welder, fabricator, and mostly a "McGyver". I love the challenge of figuring out anything mechanical. Fast cars and old tractors are my weaknesses. Because my roots are so connected to the cattle industry, I still consider myself a cowboy. I play some hockey and love its fast pace and checking. Running is the most boring exercise on the planet. One of the greatest rewards in life is the love that is felt when being addressed as Papa from our grandchildren. My name is Craig, and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am confident that my Heavenly Father knows who I am and what I am doing. I feel his influence in my daily coming and going, whether it is with regard to my work, my interaction with family and friends, or how I feel about myself. I feel a great enabling to get through the bumps and hard times in life because of the power of the atoning sacrifice of our elder brother, Jesus Christ. The scriptures and the words of the living prophets guide me continually back to that knowledge and my relationship with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. When I was six years old I had already discovered my fascination with all that is mechanical. I was trying to get an old abandoned engine to run again. When I said my personal prayers that night, I asked Heavenly Father to help me to know what needed to be done to get it to run. When I awoke I had a clear picture in my mind of the correction that needed to be made. I ran to the shop before my mom could curtail me for breakfast. Within minutes I had made the adjustments, pulled the rope, and heard the roar of the engine. I knew at that moment that God had communicated with me through that impression of what needed to be adjusted. From then on, I knew that the answers to the "mechanical whys?" that have been unfolded to me through the many years since, are a divine talent, a personal gift from my Heavenly Father. Even today, when I face a difficult challenge in the repair of a piece of heavy equipment, I ask for heaven's help. I am never left to go it alone.

How I live my faith

I have some interaction with the young people and the adults in our church everyday. One of my responsibilities is to help the young men and young women who want to serve missions to be ready to go. That "readiness" spans a spectrum of; a desire to do missionary service, a knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, an inner drive to do hard work, a worthiness to represent the Lord, and a testimony of the truthfulness of the message they bring. They are amazing young people. Many older couples also have the opportunity to serve as missionaries all around the world and sometimes here at home. I help them submit their requests to serve to church headquarters in Salt Lake City, where inspired apostles determine where and how they will have occasion to bless the lives of others. Each one of those mission assignments is received as what they are; calls from God.