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Hi I'm Arnold

I teach 8th grade English. I'm a varsity volleyball coach, married, and have 17 kids. I'm a student pilot. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Oregon, and, after my folks' divorce, moved to Idaho. I'm blessed in that I have terrific parents and step parents, and they have all been wonderful influences on my life. Counting both families, I have 10 brothers and sisters. I joined the LDS Church in eighth grade. After I graduated, I went to Ricks College (currently BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho. I then served a Church mission in the Japan Sendai Mission. It was a truly exciting and rewarding experience. I later attended BYU and graduated with a degree in journalism education, with minors in p.e. and Japanese. After a stint working an enjoyable job for several jobs in Idaho Falls, Idaho, I met my wonderful wife and moved to Arizona. Together, we have 17 children. No, that's not a misprint. 17. It's a mixture of children we both have that we brought into the marriage, and children that we have adopted. We have also been foster parents to 40 children. So life is extremely busy. I am a middle school teacher, teaching eighth grade English, journalism, and yearbook. I also am the high school varsity volleyball coach. I enjoy playing sports, especially with my wife (volleyball, softball, and bowling), and reading. I love flying, and am doing things backwards--I bought a Cessna 172, and am currently taking lessons so I can fly it. I enjoy camping and hiking and mountain climbing, and have a goal of climbing the Grand Teton in Wyoming (I have climbed the neighboring Middle Teton).

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, we had a wonderful neighbor and family. He was my grade school principal. He was a member of the Church, and approached my parents for permission to have the missionaries introduce the Church to me and my brother, and to teach us the doctrine of the Church. My folks gave their approval, and we were taught the lessons. The missionaries were fantastic; in fact, I viewed them as angels sent from God. I was baptized when I was in eighth grade. I joined the Church because the doctrine seemed so right and so fair and so good. It made perfect sense in my mind. Through the years, as my testimony of the Church strengthened, that opinion turned into true knowledge. Because of that testimony, I decided to attend a Church school, Ricks College (BYU-Idaho). The atmosphere there was spiritual, edifying, and joyful, and helped influence me to decide to serve a mission for the Church. I was called to serve in the Japan Sendai Mission, and was blessed to serve, become friends with, and teach the gospel to wonderful Japanese people. I was amazed at how people of such a crowded country could be so harmonious, kind, generous, and accepting. It was truly one of the most memorable and happy times of my life. After returning home, I was able to attend BYU, which, like Ricks College, had a wonderful atmosphere of faith, goodness, and the quest for higher knowledge.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church weekly, where I receive a "charging" of my spiritual batteries that helps get me through the week. Families are a key component of my faith, and we try to hold weekly family home evenings, where we study scriptures, have religious lessons and discussions, and play games or sports. I have had a number of callings within my church, including teaching primary (eight-year-old children) and nursery (teaching 2-3 year-olds). I've also been a young adult leader, a ward membership clerk, and a security person.