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Hi I'm Chad

I run an internet marketing company, I'm a musician, I love the ocean, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I run an internet marketing company that focuses on getting higher traffic and sales to various websites. I enjoy work and love being an entrepreneur. I'm a music lover that has played in various alternative rock bands over the years. I play guitar and bass and enjoy most types of music. I love the ocean and just about anything in the line of watersports. I surf (very badly), boogie board, scuba dive, jet ski, and will do pretty much anything on the water when I get the chance. I love sports, especially basketball. I have an amazing wife and 4 amazing kids. They make my life amazing. We have a lot of fun together and are always trying to have new experiences and adventures. We travel a lot and enjoy history any science (even the kids) in addition to theme parks, the ocean and other fun activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't always firm the faith and went through a period in my late teens where I wasn't sure what I believed. I always knew that God existed, but wasn't sure what the purpose of life was, if there was one. I thought about it all the time though and it became more and more important to me to find out. There was one night in particular that really changed my life. I was waiting for a friend to come over and just sitting on the couch thinking about what the purpose of life was, and other things along those same lines. I had a strong feeling/message come to me that I was "lost" and headed in a bad direction, like a plane flying aimlessly and headed for a crash. I was given clear confirmation that I had left the path that I knew I was supposed to be on and that I was going to suffer as a result if I didn't make changes. Several people I knew, both young and old, flashed through my mind all at once that I could now understand had been in the same position as I now was, but had not been willing to make any changes and were unhappy as a result. I thought about who I wanted to be 15 years from that moment, as well as who I wanted my wife to be and how I wanted my kids to think of me and see me. Within moments I knew what I wanted and what I didn't want and instantly had a goal to work towards. At that point I had a weak testimony that was strong enough to point me in the right direction, but after gaining more knowledge about this church I am convinced beyond a single doubt that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. What I have found is that everything you do to get your life into harmony with the laws of God (which are not merely religious laws, but scientific as well) gets rewarded with happiness. I am more obedient to God's laws now than I have ever been, and I am happier now than I ever thought was possible. I believe this is what God wants for all of us, we just have to follow him.

How I live my faith

I'm in a constant process of slow (very slow) progression but I'm far from where I want to be. Every year gets a little bit better though and things that were hard to do (or not do) a few years ago are like second nature now. I try to do good in whatever situation I'm in. It's my belief that if you "work" for good things, they will come to you and others. Good intentions get you nowhere. We're all familiar with several types of service that we can provide for others, but it's my belief that things as simple as smiling at someone when you walk by can sometimes mean as much as something elaborate. None of the positions in our church are paid positions, so anything we do is based on the principle of charitable service. I have worked in several different service positions in the church that have taken me out of my comfort zone, but helped me to become a better man, spiritually and physically. I enjoy working with the youth of the church because I feel that I understand the ones that struggle with understanding "why" the gospel of Jesus Christ is important to them and how it can help them now and in the future. Service isn't something that came naturally to me. I had always had quite a lazy attitude towards work in general growing up, but especially when that work didn't benefit me. The spirit of service can sometimes be an acquired taste, but once you realize how good it feels to serve others it quickly becomes part of who you are. I feel like the most important responsibility I have is to my wife and kids. I try to always be kind to my wife and treat her as more than my equal, which is how it truly is. There are always "little things" that come up here and there that are easy to get upset about, and that I used to get upset about, but I try not to let little things get to me, and she does the same. We both put a lot of thought and effort into helping our kids to be happy but also to help them stretch to achieve new goals and skills.