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Hi I'm Craig

I’m a lucky guy...married to a terrific woman with 4 awesome sons. I like to hike, garden, and play the piano. And I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a dad to four grown sons and we all love the outdoors. When I was young I enjoyed backpacking in the High Sierras of California. When my wife and I started our own family, we spent many of our family vacations camping and hiking here in the Northwest. We feel fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. While some of my sons became die-hard outdoorsmen, I’m content enjoying the simple beauties of nature. I get a lot of satisfaction just working in my yard at home, growing a wide variety of trees, flowers, and edible plants. I could never get bored as long as I have a place to grow things. I studied classical piano throughout my early life and gained an appreciation for great music. While I can no longer play many of the difficult pieces I tackled as a youth, I have opportunities to accompany our church choir and occasionally play the organ for services. I’ve spent my career in the retail business world, providing financial planning and analysis services to some great Northwest companies. As much as I’ve liked my jobs, I have to say that my favorite time is the time I get to spend with my wife and kids, and now grandkids.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, and consider that one of the great blessings of my life. Several of my ancestors joined the church in Europe over 100 years ago. They left their homeland behind and came to America to join with the Latter-day Saints who had congregated in Utah for safety. I’ve always been inspired by their great sacrifice and strong convictions. I attended church regularly as a child and was taught the principles and doctrines of the Mormon religion---that there were living prophets and apostles today who received revelation from God; that Jesus Christ was the head of the church and spoke through these leaders; that their words, along with the scriptures, provided the direction that would lead me back to my Heavenly Father. It was easy for me to believe this as a child; it all seemed very logical. As I observed people in my life, I noticed that those members of the church who sincerely tried to live the gospel were happier and more at peace than the world at large. They seemed to know what mattered most in life. They relied on God for their beliefs and values rather than on the world. I could see that their religion made a difference in their lives. On many occasions I felt strong spiritual impressions that the things I was learning were true. I felt that God really was my Heavenly Father and cared about my personal success and happiness. Through study, prayer, and experience, my beliefs grew stronger and I gained the same strong conviction that my convert ancestors had possessed. The gospel of Jesus Christ became the most important thing in my life. I was able to serve as a full-time missionary for two years in Peru, where I shared these beliefs and teachings with many good people. Today I try to live my religion wherever I go. It is part of who I am and who I’m still trying to become. The gospel of Jesus Christ has given me hope and comfort in the difficult times of my life, and peace and direction all the time. I can’t imagine life without it.

How I live my faith

Mormons are given lots of opportunities to serve and grow. One of the things I get to do is visit several families each month that I’ve been assigned. I go with a companion, and we visit these families in their homes to find out how they’re doing, offer any help they might need, and deliver some kind of encouraging message. Sometimes we also deliver a birthday treat, or some fresh blueberries that I grew in my yard! I really enjoy this chance to get to know others a little better and to be a friend. I’m also a leader of one of the men’s groups in our congregation. We study together each Sunday, provide lots of service together, and try to build unity and camaraderie. Just recently we assisted with a community project at a local park. I enjoy my association with this diverse group, many of whom I probably wouldn’t interact with if our church didn’t bring us together in a common cause. Over the years I’ve been able to teach youth, help with remodels of buildings, plan activities and socials, counsel those in need, be a Scout leader, visit the elderly, and much more. The church has helped me develop into a better person through these opportunities. Ultimately, being a good Mormon, or a good anything, is best shown by how one treats others in his everyday life. I’ve still got a ways to go…but am trying to become the best person that I can be.