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Hi I'm Earl

I'm a Denver native, husband to a lovely wife, dad of two boys, Drake graduate, one of the original PC geeks , and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Denver area. I've lived with the Rocky Mountains defining my concept of West. Wherever, I've roamed be it Austrailia, Poland, or other states in the U.S., I've always had that bearing infused into my being that could draw me back as if it were the magnetic pole. A large part of my adolescence was spent on Boy Scout campouts, hikes and adventures within the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. When I wasn't camping or going to school, chances are you could find me in front of a Apple IIe or Vic 20 computer. I came into the computing world too early to be something as fashionable as a hacker or even a guru. Instead I was one of the original PC geeks. High School lead to college in Iowa. Then a job lead me back home to Denver. It's a job that I've stayed with for the past 15 years. Now, I am very lucky to be married to a woman many times smarter than me and father to two boys. My boys were also lucky enough to get my wife's good looks and are destined to be smarter than their old dad thanks to her patient tutelage. However, both of the boys get a certain gleem in their eye when a computer is turned on near them. Thanks, Dad!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up religion was a background event. We observed Christmas and Easter. The concepts of God and Jesus were instilled to keep a sense of goodness and what we should be striving for, but not so much as sense of why or how that should fit into every day life. College courses in religion gave me a sense of how other peoples and cultures lived their faith, but I felt distant from these descriptions as they were often very clinical observations. In college, I was very lucky never to have developed a taste for alcohol. I was the one that either didn't go to certain parties or served a designated driver. During this time, I knew I wanted to be married and have children. But most of the social scenes during college and my twenties consisted of bars. I had a sense each time I went to one of those places with friends that I wouldn't be able to meet the right person there for me. In my early 30's I decided that the best place to meet a good woman would be a church. Which church, I had no idea, but I thought I should study the Bible before going to a church. I began reading the Old and New testament. Soon after, I met my future wife while calling in for technical support at my job. We courted online for a week and then met for dinner. It was there I found out that she was LDS. It seemed a natural fit. I was looking for "church girl" and here she was. We dated for two years. During that time I attended church with her, I finished the Bible and read The Book of Mormon and truly found the piece that was missing to my understanding of religion. The love, direction and support offered by our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ and the reality that revelation about the truth of His word had been restored in our day and is available to everyone personally. I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of everything that I learned and was given many sweet spiritual confirmations.

How I live my faith

Before I joined the church I enjoyed volunteering with community non-profit organizations using my computer skills. I also gave blood frequently. I still enjoy doing those things, but being a member of the church has allowed me to expand my community service. Through a church program, I assist people who are unemployed or under employed find jobs that help them provide for themselves and their families in my community. I have gained a fuller perspective of service. Assisting people is more than just occasional service. We can do things on a daily basis that make life easier for the people around us. When we reach out to others in this way, we follow more closely the example that Christ gave us for service.