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Hi I'm Ian

I grew up in Colorado. I teach secondary mathematics, enjoy graphic arts, puzzles and a good challenge. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Alaska, but moved to Colorado at the age of 5. I've always had an inquisitive mind, an active imagination and a need to be creative. When I was younger, I even wrote my own "Choose Your Own Adventure" books! I enjoy learning about everything from history to languages to politics and science. My bachelor's degree and my master's degree are both in mathematics with an emphasis on secondary education. I love the elegance and utility of mathematics and seeing the light turn on in kids' heads when they "get it". I have been teaching high school mathematics since 1995 and also coordinate an advanced studies program at my school. I have been married for several years to a wonderful woman. When we married, I was instantly blessed with a daughter and later, a granddaughter. I did not plan on becoming a grandfather so young in life, but have no complaints! My wife and I enjoy photography, movies, cooking, working on projects together and spending time with family. Although my native language is English, I am fluent in Spanish and am learning Italian on the side. One outlet for my creativity is designing interactive adventures on the computer. This requires me to develop different elements including 3-d modeling and animation, graphics, adding music and video, special effects, programming and developing a storyline. My goal is to create a "point and click" type interactive adventure in which the player interacts with his environment to solve a mystery.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and baptized at the age of 8. Although my father has not been an active member of the church, my mother was always a great example to us. It's hard for me to think of a time in which I did not know the church was true, and that Jesus Christ was my literal Savior, although my testimony continues to grow in increments. What I love most is the perspective that the gospel gives me regarding where I came from, why I am here, and where I have the potential to go. I also rejoice in the knowledge that families can be together eternally. When my wife and I married, there was no "Till death do us part". We know that if we live up to the covenants that we have made with God, our marriage can literally be forever, as God intended, and not just for this life alone. We also know that our entire family unit can continue on even after we pass on. The eternal perspective that the gospel has given me, and the fact that it has been made possible by Jesus Christ, is what I cherish the most. As a missionary many years ago to the Spanish-speaking population of Northern California, I gained a great love for and appreciation of my hispanic brothers and sisters. As an educator, I have also had the privilege of knowing people from many backgrounds. I know that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, no matter our race, culture, religion, heritage or language. I also know that God has a plan for each of us to become more like He is, and that we learn about this plan through the teachings of ancient and modern-day prophets.

How I live my faith

I have served in many capacities, including missionary, president of our local unit's Sunday School program and as a Sunday School teacher, working with the adult male members of the church, and presiding over a local congregation. I also visit families every month to see how they are doing, to fellowship them and give them a message from our leaders. Because I know that I am responsible for the example that I set, I work very hard at being an "example of the believers". This means that there should be no difference in the person I am at work, at play or at church. I like pitching in and helping where I can, especially where I have a talent that will bless the life of someone else or ease their burden a bit. Because education is in my nature, I always try to "teach as I help" and empower others to not just receive help, but learn how to do things. Naturally, I appreciate it when others do the same! At work and in the world, I try to always remember that I might be the only positive interaction some people have during the day, and it motivates me to treat other people kindly and go out of my way for my brothers and sisters.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

While the experiences we gain in mortality are essential to our individual growth, not everyone has had or will have the opportunity to be baptized. Notwithstanding this fact, baptism is an essential ordinance to our salvation and signifies a covenant between ourselves and our Heavenly Father. Because our Heavenly Father loves all of His children, He provides a way for each of them to fulfill His commandment to be baptized and take upon ourselves His name. By performing proxy baptisms, we are permitting others to accept or reject this essential ordinance for themselves. Show more Show less