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Hi I'm Stan Burgess

I've been married for over 20 years and we have 6 kids (3 girls,3 boys). But most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Montana, in a very conservative environment. I’ve been married twice. My first marriage was for almost 5 years and gave me a son who is 25 years old. In my second (and last) marriage we had 5 kids (19, 17, 11, 10, and 9). The one that would be 11 died when he was 20 months old. That was the hardest experience I’ve ever had to go through. It was also very rewarding for our family because it really forced us to understand the eternal perspective to our lives. My 10 year old was born with the right side of her brain about 1/3 size smaller than the left side. She has been diagnosed as severely retarded; she is our little red headed angel. I have come to understand that my life would be VERY empty without my wife and kids. My wife and I both work in a school district. She’s a chemistry teacher and I work with the disabled. I work in an enclosed classroom with 7 kids, 6 come in wheel chairs. It is humbling knowing how blessed most of us are and how sometimes we forget that. I started going to school at a community college in the evenings about 4 years ago, majoring in Sign Language (ASL). After changing majors I will have my AA degree next year and in about 3 years I will have AS degree as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. In the last 6 years I’ve really to enjoy the game of golf, even though I am terrible at the game I still enjoy playing. My teenage son and I enjoy going out togeather and having some father/son time togeather.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon environment, but everyone has to find out the truths for themselves. I had faith and believed in the principles taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when growing up. When I turned 19 I went on a mission to Washington D.C. This is where much of that faith and belief began to develop into understanding. During this time is when I got on my knees and asked very specific questions to my Heavenly Father about principles of the church so that I could honestly say then as I do now that “I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that he has living prophets and apostles on the earth today to help teach us what our Heavenly Father wants us to know”. I had a son die at 20 months and I know that I will see him again someday and hold him in my arms and be able to tell him how much I have missed him and that I love him. Without this knowledge, I don’t know how I would have handled losing him. There was a time in my life where I made a lot of wrong decisions. I have told all my kids multiple times that there are repercussions for every decision we make, whether they be good or bad. When I felt the repercussions of those wrong decisions I was weighed down with guilty conscience that almost broke me. Because I felt to unworthy to even pray, I tried to rectify things on my own. Even though I stopped making a lot of wrong decisions, my past kept me in a place where I couldn’t grow. When I was at the bottom, I finally went to my Heavenly Father and went through the process of repentance. I can now say that “I know that the Savior died so that I might receive forgiveness for my sins”. I am a Morman because it gives me the faith, courage, knowledge and understanding that I need to return to my Heavenly Father. I look forward to the day that I may kneel before my Savior and Heavenly Father and feel their hands pick me up and welcome me in to their presence. That is my wish not only for me and my family but for everyone.

How I live my faith

Because I have a full time job, 4 kids, taking college courses every semester and of course living my faith, I have to really prioritize and keep pretty disciplined on what I do when. I live my faith by the way I live. Where ever I go, the people around me know that I can be trusted. I am an honest good man, yes I have many, many weaknesses but I am working on them and I am getting better (don’t ask my wife-haha). I am the secretary to the men’s group in our ward (congregation). I help organize events, keep track of statistics and data over the many projects that we are doing. My son and I go out at least once a month and visit 5 members home to give them a spiritual lesson but more importantly to see how they are doing and if they need our help or the churches help. We then report back to our leaders so that they know and if needed can get help from the church. Living my faith is being who I am. There are many times because of different reasons that I need to change who I am and that only makes me a better Child of God, husband, father, friend, employee, a better person.