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Hi I'm Elvin

I grew up in a small town in Southeast Arizona. Today I am a CPA working for the State of Arizona in Phoenix. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was a industrial arts and math high school teather and my mother is a homemaker and best cook in the world. My dad started a pig farm so he could raise boys, not pigs. 300 pigs later, two milk cows, chickens, calves, and other animals kept my brothers, sister and I working hard most of my young life. Every morning started early with a four mile paper route, and cows to milk by hand before school. I worked construction with my father during the summers of high school. After a year of college I went on a wonderful two year church mission to Ontario, Canada. I came back and finished college at ASU with a degree in accounting. I then sat for and passed the CPA exam. I have been married to my beautiful convert wife over 31 years. We have four boys. Our first was stillborn, our second is in college working his way to becoming a Pharmacist. Our third and fourth sons we adopted at birth. The third son is autistic and lives in a State group home and our youngest son made choices and decisions that has landed him in prison for a number of years. In my spare time, I garden and I am a master leathercrafter as a hobby. Since high school I have made hundreds of belts, wallets, purses, holsters, etc., most of which I have given away as gifts. I like my employment and love my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised as a Mormon, but I was very strong willed and realized at a very early age that I needed to know for myself whether the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true. My father was the Bishop of our Ward for 11 years of my young life. As an example, he was a faithful servant of the Lord. I have never known a better and more rigthteaous man. He introduced the gospel to my mother and then married her, so she was a convert and helped me understand so much about the wonderful blessings of the Gospel that she did not have growing up. We read the scriptures in our home regularly. I seemed to always have faith and belief in what my parents taught me about the Gospel growing up. It always felt right to my heart and mind, but when I was age 16 I wanted to know for myself if the Gospel was true. In Seminary we learned about the promise in the Book of Mormon, that if we would read it sincerely wanting to know the truth, and then ask God about the truth of it, then he would answer us by the power of the Holy Ghost. I considered and took the challenge. I read the Book of Mormon over a three month period with what free time I had. As I read it impressions came to my heart and mind that what I was reading was true. After I finished, I knelt and asked God in humble prayer if it was true. I had such a marvelous experience by the power of the Holy Ghost that I I don't have any words that can fully describe it. I know it is true and that Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the restoration of the Lord's true church on the earth. With the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life I have joy and hope. Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no hope. The atonement of Jesus Christ is our only hope of living with our Heavenly Father in the eternities. I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and his restored gospel on the earth. I only hope that I can follow the Savior in such a way that he will love me and someday intercede and plead my case before the Father.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in how I behave in all the little things that happen in my life on a daily basis. I try to treat those I come in contact with respect and kindness, whether at work, in the neighborhood, or driving around. I have tried to look for voluntary ways to help others in my Church and community. I served for 23 years as a volunteer board member of my Credit Union. I have served as a 11 year old scout leader, as a Scout Master and as an Assistant Varsity Coach. In the Church I have served as a primary teacher, sunday school teacher, Elder's Quorum president, Ward Clerk, and I currently sing in the Ward Choir and serve as our Stake's Finance Clerk. I strive to be a good husband and father. If you ever come looking for me your will probably find me at home. My wife is a nurse, so I cook, clean house, wash, fold, and iron clothes, do yard work and generally try to make her life easier. I strive to be true, patient and affable. I have had many trials in my life, but I believe that becoming better and improving is like making a diamond. You have to put carbon under a great deal of stress, pressure and heat in order to make a diamond. To become the type of individuals we need to become, we likewise must undergo a great deal of stress, pressure, trials and problems in our lives. We can never allow ourselves to become bitter and we must learn to forgive all.