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Hi I'm Arnie

I grew up in Las Vegas, NV. I joined the Church in my early 20's.

About Me

I'm a fairly positive type of person who is grateful for the favorable circumstances that I have had, overall, in my life - speaking mainly from the point that though I have had some tough experiences (from my perspective) in my life, I've worked through them with the desire to do the best I can and be happy. I believe we are all accountable for how we deal with our experiences in life - The true test being ultimately to be like our Savior, Jesus Christ. I enjoy being physically active - I am over 50 and still play a competitive game of racquetball on a regular basis. Other sports/activities that I enjoy include ping pong, tennis, basket ball, jogging (regularly) and hiking. I have a very patient, caring and loving wife who does her best to serve and help others. She has been blessed to grow up with parents that taught the value and blessing of hard work and service. I remarried about 10 years ago. Between my wife and I, we have seven children to share and care about. Their welfare and happiness are on my mind most often. They are good children that I believe know they are loved. I consider them to be well natured with oodles of talent. I hope they stay close and support each other throughout their lives. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Science with a minor in Management Information Systems (MIS). I put myself through college as I worked full time. By the time I finished college, I had been married for 7 years and had 3 children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of several reasons, the main one being because of a loving, faithful Mormon family that lived up the street who lived what they preached and; another being that of a deep feeling (which I still have) that says that life is no accident, that there is a supreme being that oversees all of existence (no matter how mind boggling it may seem or, from another perspective, how simple it may seem). I grew up in a neighborhood that had a mixed variety of religious beliefs - some being Lutheran, Catholic, LDS (Mormon). At an early age I remember having lots of questions about the meaning and purpose of life. At times we kids would have discussions about what we believed. My mom was Nazarene and my dad was Catholic and I don't remember either of them discussing their religious beliefs much nor do I remember attending church as a family so, I did not say much during the discussions that took place with the other neighborhood friends my age. It was as though religion was an exempt part of mom and dad's relationship. Throughout my childhood the Mormon family invited me to various church activities. I remember being excited to go and participate in them. Every activity, I mean every activity, started with a prayer of thanks to Heavenly Father - these Mormons pray a lot (our kids used to complain about that :)). It was a little odd to me at first because I didn't know their beliefs real well, but I always felt safe. The church also had a sports program that I participated in regularly, mainly basketball and softball. Once again the activity started with a prayer of thanks to Heavenly Father - I felt a genuine/sincere acknowledgement that God existed in their lives. It was a great opportunity to experience their life style. Anyway, after much learning about, and exposure to the Mormons, a deep, tender feeling developed in me that I wanted to live this way and that it was good and true. I eventually felt an overwhelming feeling to join and I did.

How I live my faith

I have been in the church for just over thirty years now and all along it has been a pleasure and a blessing to serve in many different positions. I have had the opportunity to serve in many leadership callings working with adults and, others, working with the youth. Each has brought with it its own types of challenges and blessings. I will say that I have felt a different kind of feeling when working with the youth, especially when they come back to you and mention how they remember a principle, an experience or a story that left a lasting impression with them - one that you feel developed a bit of character in them. With every calling there has been some level of learning and growth that has resulted in my life from it. In James 2:20 we read: "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" The Mormons believe in hard work. We are also taught "by the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread all the days of thy life." The Mormons are a faithful people and a key principle of that faith is work. They work hard! I believe that we are all accountable for our own actions, thoughts and choices - this is another key principle in the Mormon Church, that being called agency. As we strive to be like our elder brother, Jesus Christ, we exercise our own, individual faith in him and thus become more like him which ultimately prepares us for the next life.