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Hi I'm Preston

I probably should have died 9 or so times. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been an active person. In my youth I played soccer, ran track, was a wrestler and went to the lake to wakeboard or air-chair as often as possible. In the winters I would snowboard when ever I could and would even go by myself between college classes to just get more boarding in. I have always been known as a dare devil. In my youth my 3 older brothers would dare me to jump off our home roof or jump a big ramp on my bike that they built. I love things like bungee-jumping, sky diving, and other thrill seeker activities. I ended my trips to the sand dunes soon after taking a 30 foot drop on my quad and was airvaced to the ICU. I still stay active with Ultimate Frisbee games and wakeboarding once in a blue moon. For the avid wakeboarder that knows their stuff, I am proud to say I am 34 going on 35 and I can still pull tantrums, heal side and toe side back-rolls, front flips, ralley (always been my favorite), scare-crow, ralley - 911, hoochie glide, toe side back flips and toe side 180's. My friends make fun of me (and I make fun of myself) that I struggle with a normal wake to wake jump (I'm rolling down widows in the air). Unless I am doing some trick...I don't like to just jump because it just doesn't feel right. I am now a happy husband and father of 3 children and love being with my wife and kids. My kids have the same dare devil mentality I did as a kid and they are super fun to be with...when they are happy :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that God still speaks to prophets on the earth today just as he did in Bible times. He loves us just as much as he loved his children back then and I believe God wants us to know that we are here on earth for a purpose and God wants us to know what happens to us when we die. The Mormon church brings clarity for me about those 2 main questions and many other gospel truths. The gospel teachings are centered on the scriptures and the words of Jesus Christ. When I attend church I learn something new every single time. I feel that I have a strong foundation to build my life upon by attending church and seeking to abide by the principles of the gospel. I am not a perfect person and I make mistakes but the gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings that come from the prophet of God on the earth today teach me and direct me in how I can improve and truly better myself and seek to do what is right. It helps me to be a better person to my wife, my children, my family, friends and other people I come in contact with. I am a Mormon because I know my Heavenly Father knows who I am and he has answered my prayers. I know that he has his gospel truths on the earth today and he doesn't want us to be confused. I have found that truth and I could never turn away from it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by seeking to think of others instead of just myself. It starts with my wife and kids and their needs and extends to my family, friends and neighbors. To stop my busy routine at times and help others who are need. I have spent time in the scouting program through our church, taught several different age groups of the youth, teacher in nursery (18 months - 3 yrs old kids), helped over 50 families move in or out of the neighborhoods I have lived in, visit 2 families each month that attend our local congregation, take treats to our neighbors because we enjoy getting to know them and participate in community events and activities. I live my faith by seeking to be a good member of society that contributes and looks for opportunities to help others when possible.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is actively involved in teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently about 53,000 volunteer missionaries throughout the world share the joy they have found in the gospel. Most of them are young, single people serving full time for 18 to 24 months at their own expense. These missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less