Hi I'm Bear
I am a passionate artist, a carpenter by trade and an avid knife / sword collector. I'm a Mormon.
I work as a ramp shift manager for the airlines to live and support my family. I love to draw and am trying to get into airbrushing. I've collected comics when I was in my youth and was a military brat till the age of 8. I have always loved the outdoors and nature and can't sleep right unless we go camping at least once a year. The mountains are my home and always will be. I have collected knives and swords since my youth and have made a couple of my own, with the hopes of doing that for a profession when i get up in years. I have always done Native American crafting as part of my culture which also helps with my leather working.
Why I am a Mormon
My Mother was pregnant with me when she was baptized into the LDS church. But even though I was born into the Church I had to be converted just as anyone has too. In my young adult years I was inactive and wasn't following the teaching of the gospel. I helped in my off hours by bouncing at a biker bar. But I had a friend that had just returned from his two year mission for the Church who lived next door and later became my cousin by marriage. He invited me to the singles ward which I had always took to mean "you're single and therefore an oddity so here's where you belong" that couldn't have been farther from the truth. I came to know these people in the singles ward as some of my closest friends and part of my family. It was thru this ward that I soon prepared to go out and serve a mission at the age of 23. For along time my family has had troubles with our genealogy as alot of the Native Americans were a verbal rather than a written people and our genealogy was not passed on as it should have been. So you can imagine the troubles we have tracing our linage. I was called to the Georgia Macon mission in which my response was "oh no." I soon found out that Heavenly Father calls us to where we are needed and where we would benefit most. Thru these turn of events I found our linage that lead to Georgia by the means of a local LDS leader and his wife. I was able to attend a family reunion of a family I had just discovered. And all that leads back to a return missionary who started a domino effect with the joking words of "there are pretty girls there." It was on my mission where I became completely converted to the LDS church. I know that our Heavenly Father is mindful of every need, want and desire that we have and is willing to help if we are. He will put twice the effort into something that we put into it. I know he loves his children no matter what, who or where they are in life. He, like any parent, wants his children to come home to open arms.
How I live my faith
I am our ward's technical specialist and have the opportunity to assist with any presentation in the Church or world wide broadcast. I'm the video and audio guy. But above all I am a father of three. My wife and I have lost two children with child birth so I can really say I am a father of five, so this would explain the 5 year gap between my second oldest and the youngest boy. I do my best to teach and raise my children knowing about the LDS religion as well as what I know about other religions. After all, every person needs to make their own choice. I do most of my teaching thru my actions as how can I be a follower if I don't walk as I talk. I am also a Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T) member as well as a member of the N.R.A. and a licensed H.A.M. operator. I find a real joy in helping people around me.