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Hi I'm Emery

I am a water engineer, a father of 4 children, own my own consulting firm and love just about anything outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 4 children, sons age 16, 3 and 2-months old with my daughter age 2. My wife and I are about to celebrate our 6th anniversary. I have been divorced (actually twice) and my 16 year old lives with his mother about 2,000 miles away so he only visits 1 or 2 times per year. We enjoy activities such as fishing, hiking (more like walking with the little ones), camping, boating, biking, gardening and many other church and family activities. I was born at a Naval Hospital and grew up living in several places around the USA. My father (along with many other family members who served in the US military) and my heritage helped lead me to volunteer in the US Air Force shortly after graduation from High School. I served 4 years mostly at Keesler AFB, in Biloxi, Mississippi (with some other time for training in Texas). I was trained as a Medical Laboratory Technician while in the service. Following military service I attended college at Louisiana State University (GEAUX TIGERS). My love of the outdoors, math and sciences directed me to an Environmental Engineering degree program. After graduation I worked as a State engineer overseeing over 3,000 State of Louisiana water systems for several years. I moved to Arizona to be closer to family and began my career as a consulting engineer. Upon losing my job in 2007 (economic downturn & bursting of the housing bubble) I started my own consulting firm. My family refers to me as a "Water Engineer".

Why I am a Mormon

First I was considered Mormon because I was born into a LDS family. I grew up with not very many other LDS kids. As I grew up and became a "know it all" teenager I decided that Mormon life was not for me. I left home at 17 after several years of disagreements with my parents. At times I lived on the streets when I could not find a couch to "crash on". After about a year of this life I decided to clean up and join the US Military to get a profession and education. When my first son was born I began to consider going back to Church. I would go on occasion but never regularly. Several years went by and then my wife filed for a divorce. This was a hard time in my life. I was far (emotionally and physically) from any family. Yes I had friends to talk to, yes I found the ways the World taught to numb the pain. However in those dark, late nights when I was all alone and felt everything was crashing down around me...I knew there was only 1 place to turn to find peace and comfort. I found my Savior. I learned who He was. I learned that God loved me and that He sent His son to suffer, bleed and die so He would know how to help me. I learned that Jesus Christ, the son of God, was willing and capable to help me and to carry me but only when I asked for His help. It took several years to become fully active. During my time at LSU I found a group of Single Adults and an Institute program (college level bible study) that provided me with a place to interact with people who were like me and had similar beliefs. I started to learn more about the Atonement of Christ and how it not only "cures" us from wrong or sin, but can also be used to strengthen us when we are temped to sin. I am grateful for God that He would have a plan for the happiness of His children and for my family. I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ and that He knows who I am and cares about me. I know that if He can love someone like me then He can love someone just like you.

How I live my faith

It has taken me many more years to work on my personal flaws and weaknesses learned during my young rebellious years. I have however been able to look back on my life and see the hand of God at every stage, decision, roadblock and trial. I feel indebted to serve Him who has saved me. At Church my current calling (assignment) is as the Stake Financial Clerk. It is my job to assist Stake leaders in verifying expenses prior to payment (building expenses and activity costs). Our Stake (group of 10 ward units) is large for the Western USA and covers about 5,000 square miles. We have a brother in our Stake that donates part of his farm land to grow crops for the community food bank. We assist by planting, weeding and harvesting several Saturdays every spring / summer. I work at times with young men as a Boy Scout Merit Badge councilor on subjects in my profession such as Environmental Science, Engineering, Fish and Wildlife Management, Soil and Water Conservation. I visit about 6 families in our ward unit of which several are inactive like I once was to check on them and encourage them to live good gospel principles. I attend my meetings regularly and always participate in any capacity that I am asked. At home we participate in living our religion by teaching our children about God and Jesus Christ. We have family night every Monday evening after dinner to sing, pray and have a gospel discussion with our children. We are currently talking about the creation...each week discussing a new day and giving the kids a related picture to color as we discuss. Every night we pray as a family to ask for protection and guidance as a family prior to the kids bed time. In my community I serve by being a mentor to a local middle school for an annual engineering competition. I also serve at the City by attending Council meetings and other City held events. I was recently appointed to the City Parks, Recreation and Library's Citizens Advisory Committee.