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Hi I'm Tracy

I manage a software development group. The worst day on the lake is better than the best day at work. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up playing sports and have run many thousands of miles as an adult. My runs have gotten slower and shorter over the years, but I still try to hit the desert trails of Arizona a few times week. Our border collie, Scout, loved to run the trails with me, but she had to be put down a couple of years ago, so I plod along solo now. In my early 20's, I started my own business in the food industry distributing snack meats to convenience stores. I have always been thankful that my girlfriend at the time was willing to say 'yes' to a jerky salesman. Within a year of being married it became clear that I needed a different career, so back to school I went. For the next several years I worked full-time, went to school part time and parented where and when I could; thankfully I have a wonderful wife that filled in the gaps. Thanks to a good friend I landed an internship with a software company as a programmer. I was eventually offered a permanent position and worked my way up through the ranks into senior management. I have enjoyed landing new technology, mentoring others on their career paths and directing teams in India and Malaysia. I am happily married and have 5 terrific children and 4 nearly-perfect grandchilden. As a family we spend many Saturdays on the local lakes and a week every year or two at Lake Powell. The great thing about boating is that everyone wants to go and on the lake there are no cell phones or internet; just a family having fun together and making memories.

Why I am a Mormon

Many generations of my mom's and my dad's ancestors had been members of the Church, so I was obviously born a Mormon. However, being a Mormon by name/birth and being a converted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the same thing. Along with my family, I was always active in the Church and certainly benefited from its youth programs and other family programs. My testimony of the truth of the gospel of Christ and His church came bits at a time as a teenager. I was blessed to be able to associate with several strong, righteous Mormon men along with my dad, who served and role models and/or provided me critical and timely guidance. At a relatively young age I was able to identify and appreciate the positive impact the relatively unique Mormon principles for living had on the individuals and families I associated with. I knew that it was the life that I wanted to eventually provide for my family; especially with regard to the principle of eternal families. Despite the challenges, temptations and distractions of youth, on many occasions I was able to rise above the noise of the world to read the scriptures, both Bible and Book of Mormon, and engage my Heavenly Father in earnest prayer seeking for strength and guidance. A fair number of those prayers were spent acknowledging sinful indiscretions, pleading for forgiveness and ultimately feeling the sweet joy that is powered by the atonement of a loving and munificent Savior, Jesus Christ in whose blood my garments have been washed clean. Over the years my testimony of Christ and His gospel as contained in the holy scriptures has only increased and strengthened as I have received a witness through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that Christ is very literally our Savior. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church on this earth. I know that the Book of Mormon and Bible contain the words of God. I know that a living prophet guides the church today.

How I live my faith

Most of my service in the Church has been working with the youth in a variety of capacities. In the Boy Scouts of America program, I have been a Scout Master, a Varsity Coach and a Venture Leader. Each position came with its unique challenges and overwhelming blessings and joys. I can't count the number nights I have slept on the ground with those boys nor the number of hamburgers and hotdogs I have barbequed for youth activities. Despite the fact that many of the young men I have worked with are now approaching middle age themselves, they will always be "my boys". When I am lucky enough to ramdomly bump into one of them smiles break out, backs are slapped and great times are remembered. I have also had the opportunity and blessing of serving as the bishop of a ward (congregation). My own testimony was strengthened as I observed up-close and personal the dedication and devotion of the members of our ward. The willingness of those in our little flock to serve and to serve well when and whenever asked was beyond heartwarming. My family has never been more blessed than we were during those five years and I can never remember being so tired as I was during that wonderful season.