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Hi I'm Isaac

What are your passions? I call mine 'The Four "G's"': Guitars, Guns, Golf, and God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am father to a young family struggling to get by in tough financial times. I married the love of my life while still in college in 2005. In 2006 we became parents to a healthy baby boy. In 2007, I graduated college with a BA in Spanish. Since that time, finding employment has been difficult. So, after losing my job near the end of 2010, we decided it was time to return to school and study something that is both interesting and in demand in today's marketplace: Instrumentation and Control Technology. I'm a creative and resourceful thinker with a strong mechanical aptitude. I'm intrigued by complexity, love to figure out a problem, and create a solution or process that will fix it. Through the years, I've realized I possess these qualities as I've taken notice of the things I am most passionate about: hot-rodding electric guitars and effects, target shooting, and golfing. There is a certain science involved with each of these activities and I enjoy them not only for their recreational value, but for the challenge they present to me as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I think the most obvious reason would be that my parents are Mormons. They weren't always, however. Knowing their stories and learning how their quality, depth, and understanding of life and purpose evolved over time made me want to know for myself whether deciding to stay with the LDS Church once I was on my own was the right choice to make. When I've had pressing questions regarding my faith or what to do with my life, I have always been encouraged to pray to God about what I'm feeling and seek out His will, which I have done (well, most of the time). By pausing to think about where I am at and where I want to go, praying about it, and then taking the time to listen for direction is my well of confidence and peace. God's Holy Spirit speaks to my heart, witnesses of truth and helps lead me in the direction He would want me to go. My prayers regarding my membership in this Church have always been answered positively. This is where I need to be. In the end, no church can prove God's reality to you, that He knows and loves you as an individual, and that He can and will help you make sense of your life. I am a Mormon is because what this church teaches has helped me learn how to seek out God and recognize His hand in my life. I have learned how to recognize when He is speaking to my heart and have the courage to do whatever it is He would have me do. As I have recognized and followed through with those things I have found that I truly am happy, regardless of my circumstances. God knows us better than we know ourselves; as I have tried to follow my heart in accordance with the teachings of Christ, He has made my life something much more meaningful than I could ever make of it on my own.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by accepting the invitations Jesus extends to us through the scriptures and by believing in the promises that He has made for those who sincerely follow His teachings. For example, one of the the most important life lessons I have learned from the scriptures is found in Matthew 6 as part of Christ's Sermon on the Mount. After teaching that God feeds the sparrows and clothes the lilies in beauty, He says: 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. I do my best to follow Jesus' teaching to "seek the kingdom of God, and his righteousness" each day. For most the past several years, my family has experienced unemployment, homelessness, and persistent health problems, some which have required hospitalization. In the face of challenges like these, my wife and I have resolved to act on this counsel from the Bible and trust that the Lord will provide the needs we can't meet on our own. Time and again, we have received help in ways that only He would know how to deliver--and we have never found ourselves without a roof to sleep under, food to eat, clothes to wear, and the medications my wife and I need to treat persistent illness. I know that God has given my family these basic needs of life because of His great love for us and our dedication to this principle of scripture.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

From day to day we constantly make decisions that define who we are and what we stand for. Some of these choices affect only ourselves, but I believe that most of them have an effect--however small it may be--on those around us. Working within our sphere of influence, we need to promote modesty and morality, and warn who we can about the devastating effects of pornography; it scars us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and it degrades and objectifies the sexes. It destroys individuals and families. As the opportunities to stand up and speak up for virtue present themselves, people will take notice of our position on the matter and react. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Sometimes I feel it is difficult to distinguish between "Mormon" customs and family customs or tradition. For example, Mormons celebrate Christmas in much the same way the rest of Christendom does; but if you were to visit my family's home on Christmas, however, you would take note of the lion statue under the Christmas tree and the fact that the only drink served at breakfast is grape juice. Those family traditions are hardly an archetype for how all Mormons celebrate the holiday! In this sense, Mormons are much like many other groups of people holding a common belief--they are similar in some ways, but different in many others. Show more Show less