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Hi I'm Silas

I'm a father of three. I work in medical devices manufacturing. l'm 6'6" and love basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a first and foremost a husband to a wonderful wife and a father of three children, a 13 year old girl (or 21 in maturity years according to her), 11 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. I work in manufactuing as a supervisor in a medical device company and majored in business in college because I wasn't good at English, science, math or fine arts. I enjoy basketball, woodworking, eating past advisable limits and not mowing my lawn on Saturdays.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but I wouldn't say that I really had a testimony until I was about 19 years old. At that point in my life I was working as a night auditor of a motel, living with my sister and really just living the dream of no money, no friends and no life. Yes, I was one of the lucky privledged few. Working nights I had alot of time to think about my life and where it was going and I came to the conclusion that what I really wanted in life was for my wife to be one of those nice girls at church. The trouble is that those nice girls at church weren't exactly overwhelmed by my potential at that point. I knew that to attract the right girl I would have to get serious about the church and serve a mission. What began as a way to meet girls turned into an experience that changed the whole direction of my life, and my eternal progress. I knew I couldn't go on a mission if I didn't believe what I was preaching, it's just not in me to tell people how they should be living if I didn't truly believe it also. I started reading the Book of Mormon, prayed alot and even fasted. It came gradually at first, but before long, the motivation to impress the girls was replaced by a deep appreciation of my Savior Jesus Christ and a strong desire to share his message with the world. After more than a year of preperation, I finally felt ready and worthy to serve a mission. I was called to serve in the Brazil Salvador South mission and spent 2 of the hardest years of complete joy in my life. That was the foundation as to why I'm a Mormon today. By the way, I did get the girl :)

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the executive secretary to the Bishop of the church. What this means is that I help the Bishop organize his meetings with committees and with individual members of the church who are need of his assistance. I'm also there as his assistant in any way that he needs in order to carry out his responsibilities. This can make for a busy Sunday, but each week I have a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that I played a small role in keeping the Lord's work moving forward. My previous service in the church was to teach the 16-17 year old Sunday School class. This was my favorite calling up to that point because ever so often, I would find some way to teach an eternal principle in such a way that you could see that light bulb go off and their eyes would say "I get it now and it makes sense". I also have the opportunity to meet with a couple of families outside of church each month where I bring to them a brief lesson but mostly just get to know them and be available if they need anything. We all need that person to call when we have to move that heavy piece of furniture or have some other need where we can lean on another for strength. I have greatly enjoyed this calling and have made some good friends along the way.