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Hi I'm Chad

My children call me "Dad". My grandchildren call me "Papa". Those in my Lion's club call me "Digger" and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I was little, my parents taught me the meaning of work and service. So when I decided on a career it seemed by happen stance that I got involved with funeral service. My desire was to enter the medical field and I thought I'd use funeral service as a spring board. After two years of working in the funeral profession, I recognized that medical school wasn't going to happen. I enjoyed the arts and science involved with funeral service and felt a great satisfaction and accomplishment in assisting families. I wondered, how could anyone enjoy a job dealing with people who don't want to be at your place of business and at the worst time in their life? But the joy came from serving them and helping work through their grief and getting their feet back on the ground, headed in a positive direction. This wasn't work to me, it became an enjoyment, that I still enjoy 30 years later. Now, don't get me wrong, this is not my hobbie. However, my wife and kids my have a tendancy to disagree. When my kids were little someone asked my daughters "What' your Dad's favoriate thing to do?" There response was "Work in the backyard." I do enjoy working in the yard but I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my wife, kids, and grandchildren and once and awhile get out and play a round of golf with my boys. As with my daughters, I'm still haven't mastered the desire for shopping.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of ancesters that joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1831. I learned to love and respect my grandparents and those who made it possible for me to be here today. Through their testimonies, faithfullness, obedience, and love for the Savior, I found the eternal purpose of families and that through them we can find joy, happiness, and peace. I love my family and know that as I follow the Savior, Jesus Christ, I can pattern my life after his teachings and example and return to live with him and my family and enjoy true happiness. I discovered for myself through reading, and sincere prayer that I am a child of God, that he loves and cares about eachone of us. Because of the Saviors example and those of my ancesters I have made promises to honor and respect the name I have been given as well as being a true follower, a disciple of Christ. I feel the guidance of the Holy Ghost as I choose the right, keep the covenants I have made, strive to keep the commandments, and love my fellow man. It is by serving others that I find joy and happiness.

How I live my faith

I feel we all have a sence of responsibility to give back to our communities and areas that we live. I enjoy spending time with the Lions Club. I have been involved with this community service organization for 20 years. I enjoy helping those less fortuniate than we. I have served in various callings in my club which has helped me in leading and helping others. I also a chairman of a committee with the State of Arizona Department of Enviormental Quality. We work projects with in the State that have sustained damage due to contaminants that have been dumped or leaked in to the land. We work as a citizen advisory committee, representing the community, to find ways to clean up hazardous sites and make sure they are secure and safe. I am currenly serving as the Bishop of my Ward. This is a lay position. I receive no pay for my service, work, ministering, or counciling I provide. I am responsible for over 475 members that live within my ward boundries. With the help of the members, each are give responsibilities - callings, in quorums or auxiliaries to assist them members. We have councels that meet regularly to discuss needs of the wards and ways in which we can help members and non-members alike that may be having problems or challenges. This does require a lot of my time but is well worth it. I have to balance and juggle my other responsibilities of husband, father, employment, civic responsibilities with my calling as the Bishop. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve. I have seen families lives blessed, individuals change for the best, and those needing a friend find one.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Throughout history, God has chosen prophets, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others, to teach the gospel and direct His Church (Amos 3:7). You and I are just as important as those who lived long ago. God love us and want the very best for us. Prophets give us guidance, current direction, and important council that will help us through our daily struggles and trials in todays challenging world. The Lord continues to speak to living Prophets today. Thomas S. Monson is who the Lord has choosen today as his Prophet to guide and direct us. He is called and choosen by God himself to lead and guide us today. I invite you to listen to his words and consider how knowing God's will can benefit your life. Show more Show less