What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Max

I am a third generation Gilbert, AZ resedent. I love horses and the cowboy lifestyle. I love rodeo and roping and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Gilbert, AZ in a farming family. My grandfather, uncles and father all farmed and ranched in Gilbert. My father passed away when I was 14 years old from a farming accident. So my mother began to lease our family farm to my uncles and I continued to get my education. After graduating from high school I served a two year, church proselyting mission in Central America. The mission was a tremendous growing experience for me and truly strengthened my faith and testimony in Jesus Christ and the principles He lived and taught. After returning from the mission, I studied at a local university and received my bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business. I married a young woman from a farming family in the area and we began our family right away. IAfter graduating from the university I worked for a bank for seven years in agricultural and commercial lending. While I was pursuing a banking career, I also started rodeoing (calf roping and team roping). I gained such a love for the sport that I decided to pursue it as a career. Now I continue to work with horses through boarding, sales, training and lessons. I have five wonderful kids and five granddaughters. We all love the horses and the cowboy lifestyle. We have been so blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very strong and active Mormon (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) family. It was a way of life with us since before I can remember. My parents were so in love and our home life was ideal. So ideal that I'm sure I took it for granted. When I got out on my own and was responsible for making more of my own decisions, I strayed from the standards I had been taught in my youth and soon began to experience the consequences of many poor decisions. After several years of not being active in the church I found my life was empty and I was very sad. Many of the things that should have mattered most to me (faith, family, and friends) had faded from my focus. I had stopped praying, and without even realizing it, had lost the hope, faith and charity I had experienced in my youth. One day when I was experiencing strong feelings of helplessness and despair, I fell to my knees and plead with the Lord for help. I knew I could not continue on the path I was pursuing. I had tried many times to make course corrections under my own strength and power and had continued to stumble and fall even harder. I finally recognized I could not "fix this" myself. In humility I recognized my inabilities, weaknesses and failures to my Father in Heaven. As I did so I immediately felt His love and willingness to help. I asked Him to help me and committed to Him I would, in my own weak way which He knew even better than me, follow whatever promptings from the Spirit might come my way. It is hard to explain the great peace that immediately came. I felt I had been rescued from drowning in a turbulent sea. As my strength returned, promptings from the Spirit did begin to fill my mind and heart and I have acted upon them. I have not forgotten my promise to my Father in Heaven. As I have followed these promptings I have returned to full activity in the church. Faith, family and friends are the highest priority in my life now and I am so happy.

How I live my faith

The biggest part of living my faith is each day striving to be worthy to receive inspiration from the Holy Spirit. Things that help me stay worthy to receive this personal revelation are: daily personal and family prayers, association with other saints (good people who are striving to live the gospel of Jesus Christ) through Sunday worship and other church organized programs, daily scripture study, weekly family home evenings, service to those in need, and of course, obedience to the commandments set forth by Jesus Christ and His prophets. I am certainly not perfect, but I am trying to be. I think that is key to being a Latter-day Saint: our honest efforts to be as perfect as we can. I make mistakes each day. But as I do, if I am honestly seeking to be in tune to the promptings of the Spirit, I can recognize these mistakes and make course corrections to do better and try never to repeat them. This is an ongoing process of self improvement which is not fully completed in this life. However, I have learned that the purpose of this life is to overcome weaknesses and imperfections. It is a time appointed by God for us to learn and grow. Our time on earth is short and it is up to us to do all we can to overcome the "natural man" and become more like God. As I have acted upon the promptings from the Spirit my life has continued to get better. Life has more and deeper meaning. I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ for coming to earth and providing a perfect example of how to live, for teaching us eternal truths, for calling apostles and prophets to minister His work and lead His church, for His selfless and infinite atonement, and for His resurrection which provides a way for us to return to live with Our Father in Heaven some day. It gives me so much hope for the future.