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Hi I'm Craig

I'm a huband, a father, a grandfather, a business owner and a love to create things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California and lived there until I was 12 years old. I then moved to Arizona with my parents and sister. We were a typical middle class family; Father and mother, one daughter, one son, and a dog. I graduated from high school in Scottsdale Arizona at age 17 and began my studies Arizona State University (A.S.U.). After serving a mission in Uruguay and Paraguay, I returned home, attended Brigham Young University for one semester and then returned to Arizona and married my high school sweetheart. I attended A.S.U. while beginning my career in the field of civil engineering. We had two children, a girl and a boy, and life was going well until at age 38, my wife unexpectedly passed away as a result of an undetected brain tumor. Although I was devastated with my faith in God and support from family and friends, we all moved forward. One year after my wife's death I met my current wife. There is no doubt that we were guided to each other. We have now been married more than 15 years. Our children are grown and we are enjoying our new role as grandparents. We have found that the "challenges" in life have made us stronger and have strengthened our relationship. We are blessed to work together every day in our business and look forward to the day when we get to serve others on a more "full-time" basis. We are indeed blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in the church, I had to found out for myself that God lives, Jesus is the Christ and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint is His church. This is how I came to that knowledge. When I was born, my parents were not actively participating in the church. When I was three months of age I became extremely ill and my parent were told the odds of my survival were very bad. My father went to the Lord and promised that if I were allowed to live, he would actively participate in the church. He kept that commitment throughout the remainder of his life. However, I was not so easily convinced. As a teenager I had lots of questions that were not answered to my satisfaction. After much thought and consideration I decided to serve a mission for the church. But first I needed to know for myself the truthfulness of what I was going to be teaching. I would not teach a lie! So I undertook the effort to read the Book of Mormon and Bible and develop a relationship with Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. After much concentrated effort, study, contemplation, and prayer I knew that there is a God, he is the literal Father of my spirit, that my elder brother Jesus Christ lives and His atonement is real. I knew without a doubt that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that we have a living prophet on the earth today. Those convictions that were formed when I was 19 years old have grown even stronger over the decades. I have faced many challenges during my life. Loss of a spouse, loss of employment, challenges with health, wayward children, things that could have made me question my beliefs. Instead, each of these challenges have strengthened my knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father and a Brother who understands. I am grateful for the testimony I have and for the opportunity to share it with others.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have the great privilege of working with the Young Single Adult Ward (serving single members ages 18-31) and we love it! After living in the same area for more than 25 years, we felt impressed to move to a different town some 20 miles to the east. We had developed strong friendships in our former area and were concerned about how we might be able to serve in our new ward. Three weeks after arriving in our new area, we were called to serve the Young Single Adults. We were thrilled. Our own children are grown and on their own, so we are able to devote our time and energy to these great young people. They are so energetic and full of enthusiasm and they keep us “young”! We attend our Sunday meeting in the Y.S.A. Ward, assist in the planning of the Family Home Evening activity each week, and provide guidance in the monthly ward activity. This month we are going camping and canoeing; hopefully before the snow come! I have held many callings and have had many opportunities to serve in the church and community during my live. I feel that my current calling is the “best one”; so far!