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Hi I'm Rowdy

I love my family, the Rocky Mountains, photography, fishing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of six children. I was born in Idaho, raised in Wyoming and I now live in Utah with my family. I guess I just can’t leave the Rockies. I love the mountains and spent much of my youth working, hunting and fishing in them. I went to Ricks College in Idaho and then attended Utah State University in Logan. I graduated with three associate degrees and a BFA. I have been working at Brigham Young University for almost the last twenty years. My free time is spent with family, cameras, reading, and fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

There is nothing that gives me greater happiness, direction, and purpose in my life than my membership in the church. It makes me a better husband, father, and person than I could be on my own. The church’s focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father’s plan for us, has given me peace and strength during difficult times. I know that God is eternal and continues to speak today as in the past through a living prophet. I have been blessed to see the hand of God in my life and in the lives of many others. This is the only true church of Jesus Christ on the earth with the fullness of his teachings and his authority—a strong proclamation, but I have learned for myself through study, prayer, service, and striving to live the teachings of Jesus Christ that this is so.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is trying to follow Christ's teachings, and striving to become more like him. One of the ways this is possible is through the simple act of expressing gratitude. I often try to express my gratitude to others, even for the little things in life, like opening doors, smiling, or just listening. I try to say thank you, particularly to my wife and children, and my dear parents. It’s so easy to forget to show appreciation to those you are close to and love. Living my faith is being long suffering, kind, and patient when life throws you a curve ball and things don’t go the way you’ve planned. Service is also a large part of living my faith. I enjoy serving others and the wonderful feeling that comes from doing so. I am currently serving within the church in a capacity that allows me to quickly help others when then are in need. I find great joy from following Christ’s teachings about helping our fellow man.