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Hi I'm Pacer

I'm a 5th generation Arizonan, backyard farmer, and patent attorney. I cook with dutch ovens, camp, hike, and hunt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a blessed father with five beautiful daughters and one magnificent son with down syndrome. Equally, I am blessed and grateful for my sweet, lovely wife. I grew up in a small Arizona town settled by my great, great grandfather and am proud of my rural roots. The heritage I have is truly a legacy of faith and service. I have inherited a love of dirt, mulch, and plants and trees from my father and enjoy living life on an acre of land. According to one of my girls, dirt is my "treasure". We are fortunate to have irrigation and are able to grow a wide variety of vegetables, grapes and berries, and fruit, nut, and citrus trees. Too many if you ask my wife. But there is nothing like the satisfaction of eating something you have grown, right off the tree or from the ground (like a fig or peach or apricot or plumb or tangelo or tomato or chili), preserving the fruits of your labors for later enjoyment (have you ever had fig or apricot jam, waffles with peaches and cream, dried apples and fruit leather, etc.?), and sharing the harvest with family and friends (just imagine homemade apricot ice cream and key lime pie). Did I say I was grateful for my wife yet? We also have chickens and ducks and geese, all of which give endless joy to my children, when the coyotes aren't bothering them. My family and I love spending time together, especially in the outdoors camping, hiking and cooking with dutch ovens. As a professional, I have my own law firm and am a registered patent attorney.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. However, my mother is a convert, and that had an important impact on my life. There comes a time when you have to know for yourself. For me it came over time (high school and college) before I served a church mission. I cannot point to any single, monumental spiritual experience. What I can say, though, is that through many small and vivid spiritual experiences the Holy Ghost testified to me in my mind and heart that the commandments I was keeping, the Priesthood service I was providing, and the Bible and the Book of Mormon I was reading were absolutely true and right. In prayer we face reality and through sacred, personal experiences I have felt calm and peaceful assurances from the Holy Ghost. This is how I gained and continue to strengthen my sure knowledge and understanding that God lives, loves me, and answers my prayers. I know that His son is our Savior and Redeemer. It is only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we can be saved- through His merits, mercy, and grace- if we will but repent of our sins and lead a Christ-like life. Our faith alone is insufficient if we do not love the Savior enough to keep His commandments. A Book of Mormon prophet said, "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?". I further testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as sure as the Bible is, and testifies of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ, this Church, and the Priesthood authority has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith and we have a true and living prophet today. I further testify that after a night of weeping "joy cometh in the morning". Through personal experience with my daughter's life-threatening accident I have felt the Lord's hand in my family's life and declare that when we call on the Lord in prayer "the Lord shall answer . . . and he shall say, Here I am." For this I am forever grateful.

How I live my faith

To me there is nothing as important as God and family. I know when we put the Lord and our family first in our lives, all other things fall into place and work together for our good. Our family motto is "I will love you all the way to heaven". I know that true happiness comes from aligning our will with the Lord's and dedicating our lives to Him in service to our family, friends, and fellow man. It is when we love others as the Lord loves us (with the pure love of Christ) that we begin to experience what true discipleship means and the everlasting joy and peace that we are meant to experience in this life. It is then that we begin to understand just how much He loves us and the priceless gift of His son Jesus Christ. No service is too small or less serviceable in the sight of the Lord.