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Hi I'm Ian

I'm an outdoor enthusiast, a musician, a baker, an author, and a motorcycle rider. I'm a husband and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my beautiful wife ten years ago, and I'm now a proud father of four children. We adopted our youngest child from Ethiopia and plan on adopting from there again in the future. I am an outdoor enthusiast: I like to hike, camp, fish, bike, and hunt. I love swimming in the ocean, which might explain why I live on an island. I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors, where we can appreciate all of God's magnificent creations. I have a passion for music: I play the piano and sing, and I'm teaching myself to play the guitar. I love to write, and am waiting for a Christmas poem to be published as a childrens' book. I love cooking, and I have an equal love for eating. I work in the banking industry and am attending college to earn a degree in Business Management. I also serve as a leader for the local Boy Scout troop.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents became members of this church when I was very young, so I learned starting in my childhood about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I never doubted what my parents taught me, nor did I dispute what I learned at church. I did, however, reach a point in my life when I realized that I couldn't rely forever on the faith of other people. I needed to learn for myself the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the full restoration of that truth in modern day. Though I prayed regularly as a young boy, I had never directly sought an answer nor a confirmation of truth from God. At age 15, I decided to ask. Camping in the mountains, I lay out under the stars. I knelt inside my sleeping bag and asked for confirmation as to whether Joseph Smith truly saw and spoke with God the Father and Jesus Christ. I remember the anxiety I felt as I prayed. I remember waiting for a response. More than anything else, however, I remember what I felt as the Holy Ghost entered my heart and confirmed for me the truth of Joseph Smith's story. I remember looking at the coals twinkling in the campfire ring. The warm glow of those coals best represented for me the feeling that I felt inside. I learned for myself that night that I am a child of God, a Heavenly Father who loves me and wants me to succeed. I started then to develop a relationship with Him. I since learned that I can turn to Him for hope, for guidance, for strength, for comfort, and for peace. I know He watches over all His children. He wants all of us to find joy and eternal happiness, and He provided a roadmap that we might do so. That map is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

On Sundays, I teach boys 12-18 years old about the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them understand how it applies to their everyday lives. I discuss with them doctrinal principles, and am often enlightened by the thoughts they share during our conversations. I meet with the same boys during the week as we participate in Boy Scouts of America, which I believe is the best activity program for building moral character in boys and men. In addition to working with our local troop, I also volunteer as the Finance Chair for our district (a zone comprised of multiple troops). I am an Eagle Scout, and I learned much through participation in my youth. I now work to help other boys receive similar benefits from a program that can impact their life for good. I learned from my father the critical role that service plays in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I now look for opportunities for my family and me to serve others. I want to instill in my children the same attitude of service my father passed to me. Common service projects include baking and delivering treats, mowing lawns, changing flat tires, and simply holding a door open for someone.