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Hi I'm Chad

I grew up in small town Wyoming. I'm a college sports fan, a top tax consultant, and a father of 4. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live and die with the BYU Cougars. With my wife and four children we dress in blue, grab our pom-poms and terrible towels and cheer on every basketball and football game. Living in Washington that usually means getting dressing up to watch TV. When the Cougars aren't playing I work as a senior manager at a Big 4 accounting firm as a specialist in cross-border taxation. My work often takes me to such diverse destinations as Paris, France, Lisbon, Portugal, and Liberty Lake, Washington. When I'm at home my nights and weekends are typically consumed with soccer games, "daddy daughter dates," father son outings, and continuing to court my beautiful wife of almost 10 years. I grew up in a small town in Wyoming blessing with an incredible amount of intellectual curiosity. I graduated as valedictorian of my modest high school, earned national merit and presidential scholarships, and jumped into college with more interests than direction. Seven years, an LDS mission to South Korea, and at least 8 different majors later, I graduated with two degrees in accounting and tax. With my wife, two daughters and two sons we have established a comfortable home in the state of Washington. I love my family, college sports, science fiction and fantasy novels, country music, and PC gaming.

Why I am a Mormon

My parent's were converted to the gospel and began to attend Church when I was quite young. My parent's life experiences led them to give each of us children significant latitude in choosing whether or not to participate in sacred Church ordinances. When I was invited by Church leaders to be baptized at age 8, I initially declined. When asked about my resistance to join the Church my family participated in regularly I indicated that I did not want to join a Church I didn't believe in. At this same time there was an effort by Church leaders to emphasize the Book of Mormon. After a particularly powerful Church meeting my mother asked me if I knew how I could find out for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I did. In the meeting we had just attended Church leaders had emphasized a promise at the end of the Book of Mormon that those who would read and pray about the book with sincerity would receive a witness from God. That evening I began to read the Book of Mormon each evening after the rest of my family went to sleep. It took almost 3 months but in end I found the promise spoken off by Church leaders in the final chapter of the Book of Mormon. Late in the night I knelt on my bed and prayed with great desire to know whether the Book of Mormon is true. I felt such a powerful feeling of love, comfort, and peace as I prayed. My prayer was answered. The next morning I was waiting outside my mother's door when she woke up to share with her the news--I now knew the Book of Mormon was true and I wanted to be baptized. That early witness has continued to strengthen me throughout my life. It has been added to as I have similarly explored, tested, and found confirmation that all the various aspects of LDS doctrine and practice bring peace, love, and happiness into my life and the into the lives of my family members.

How I live my faith

Since joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a child I have participated in Church service in a variety of ways. I enjoy speaking and teaching about gospel topics. I currently work with the 16 to 18 year old boys in our local congregation--teaching them on Sundays and assisting with weekly Church and Boy Scout activities. In addition to these responsibilities I also use my experience as a CPA to lead financial statement and compliance audits of Church units in our region. Finally, I have been assigned to watch over and assist four families in our congregation. I meet with each family monthly--getting to know them and their needs, sharing my testimony, and ensuring that they are well supported. Outside of my explicit roles in the Church I relish my role as a father, husband, and a teacher in my home. I recently helped my oldest daughter through her own conversion process as she read from the Book of Mormon and other Church materials en route to deciding to baptized.