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Hi I'm Lance

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in San Diego and I joined the Church when I was 15. Now, I work in the world of software.

About Me

I love kids, math, software, art, building stuff, and ... reading. I suppose I'm a bookaholic. I love reading and learning. We certainly have enough bookcases in the house. But, as a parent of 5 kids, it seems that most of my spare time is taken up with them. That has also taken me a journey through Boy Scouts, Martial Arts and, of course, a heavy dose of home repair and fix-it projects. I'm always just about half-way done with something when a new project appears on the horizon. I also love meeting and getting to know people - though I have the hardest time with names. It's kind of embarassing. But, my salvation is my wife who, it seems, can remember everyone she's ever met.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was in a car accident when I was 12. She almost died. She was in a coma for 6 weeks and when she awoke, could no longer walk or talk. She was like a stroke victim. She had to learn all of that over again. It made me wonder what would happen to her if she had died. It's a pretty heavy subject for a teenager to consider, but it motivated me to learn all I could. My parents were essentially not religious. We did not attend any church. My father, a scientist, had drilled me in thinking about things in a rigorous way. My dad liked to argue with us a lot - take positions for and against various points of view. The idea being to help us think well. So, over the next few years, I asked a lot of people a lot of questions. I read a lot. I found books on all the world's major religions and books on the Christian religions in North America. I considered the idea of religion from many different angles -- I became very familiar with arguments for and against religion. And, I would often discuss them with my dad. It was in this context that I was introduced to the Mormon missionaries. I had just read a religious book that attempted to explain the book of Revelation in the Bible. I found it lacking and had many unanswered questions. My friend's dad, who - it turned out - was Mormon, offered some answers to my questions. I was shocked that my friend's dad - a shoe salesman for the local department store could - have such sensible answers. He had better answers than the author of the book I'd read. My interest piqued, I dove. I met with the Mormon missionaries, read the Book of Mormon, studied, prayed, and was eventually baptised. The doctrines of the Mormon faith answered so many of my outstanding questions. And, I while I gained a basic testimony before I was baptised, my testimony has grown and deepened over the years.

How I live my faith

I have helped out in the Church for many years. One big way in which I have helped is by being involved in Boy Scouts -- which is part of the Church's activity program for the young men. These days, I teach an adult Sunday School class.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Lance
If I had to choose a person to work with, to be a partner, to keep me honest, to be a friend, to take charge when appropriate, help me think and see perspectives I'd not consider otherwise, I'd choose a Mormon woman. Mormon women are like most all women except that they are believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ. All the Mormon women I know say they're better for it. As far as the Lord goes, as far as importance in the Church goes, as far as importance in the family goes, as far as importance in a marriage goes, women and men are on equal standing. Show more Show less