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Hi I'm Devin

An avid skier, biker, volleyball player, I get to do it all in a place that has it all. I am wildly blessed and I am a Mormon.

About Me

A father of 4 rascals, I am accompanied through life with my wife of 20 years. We live in what I think is the coolest town on earth: Sandpoint, Idaho, next to the coolest (not literally) lake on earth, Lake Pend O'rielle. Working for a Ski Resort, I truly get to live and work with my passions of the outdoors. I enjoy traveling and writing along with skiing, mountain & road biking, volleyball, hiking, snorkeling, and my new interest of Stand-Up-Paddleboarding. I work with the Boy Scouts and enjoy getting them lost on new adventures regularly. As a result of living my teenage years through the new wave eighties, I'm forced to shimmy my hips whenever great Techno music comes on and my Ipod is full of obscure British/Scottish bands both old and new. We are starting year 2 without a tv and that has been great, except I am really missing watching college football at the moment. And that is a little bit of me.

Why I am a Mormon

It might be easy to suppose that my being a Mormon today is a result from my being born into the faith. While this is the religion of my parents, as a youth if there was an award in Seminary for "least likely to remain faithful" I might have been a strong contender. After failing to learn lessons from bad choice after bad choice, it wasn't until later in life that I finally wised up and figured out just what this whole atonement of Jesus Christ was really about. Despite my best follies, I had always had a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I could never push it away from me despite many attempts. I think part of that is because I always loved the teachings of this church. It has always made sense to me as a philosophy. The "plan of happiness" as it is sometimes referred to, has eternal rewards that parallel those here on earth and have led me to great happiness now in this life. I've also been witness to defining experiences relative to the Gospel throughout my life that I simply could never deny, no matter how much I wished I could at times. I am a Mormon today because I know where my source of truth, happiness, and peace is found, and that is my Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As in all aspects of life, the harder we work, the more abundance we receive. The same is true with our faith. I have found throughout my life that the more I put in to my faith and the teachings of Christ, the more my faith and devotion grow. Each week I attend church meetings on Sundays, serve as Assistant Scout Master on Wednesdays, as well as facilitator for the Additional Recovery Program on Thursdays. In my community I also serve on committees and organizations aimed at improving quality of life in our area. Juggling these responsibilities with work, my own passions and hobbies and my most important role as father, I often struggle to get the balance right. C.S. Lewis once wrote that "Christianity if false is of no importance, if true of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important." Every time I think of that statement I am reminded how short I fall in terms of my priorities and potential. So I am always driven to do more and be more than I am, and slowly I guess I am making progress towards getting it right.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Devin
From my observation, the heart of this matter speaks to how we view the nature of God. Many hold to the notion that if God exists then He is a God of great love who loves me exactly the way I am (my nature) and approves of all that I do (my will). Our believe is that while he is a God of great love, he is also a God whose grand design requires us to refine our natures and our will into His will and His ways. Born in a “natural” state, we are required to grow, develop & overcome our natural tendencies trading lust for love, anger for compassion, selfishness for service, and so on. (1 Peter 4:2) In return He promises peace and happiness as a reward of such self mastery. A tenant central to Christianity holds that from Adam & Eve (Genisis 2:24) God defined his law for sexual relations in the form of husband and wife. This is why Christians hold traditional marriage in such sacred regard. By stating this as his official conduit for bringing his children to earth, all other forms of sexual relations natural or otherwise are therefore contrary to God’s will and thereby deemed “sins”. Homosexuality as stated in the bible is simply one of many sexual relations contrary to this design. Adultery, incest, fornication, masturbation, rape, pedophilia, etc. all fall outside of that officially approved conduit. While my teenage sexual desires were both natural and real, it did not however preclude them from being sins. Throughout the gospel, the answer is self-mastery. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Devin
One common perception today holds that no loving God would allow so much suffering & tragedy on earth. That God provided such a prism of human condition and emotion to me is actually evidence of his magnificent plan. When young, I recall a news story of a baby trapped in a drain pipe. A nation was glued to their tv sets for days as this tragedy unfolded. Then I recall her rescue and how an entire nation rejoiced at her safety. I specifically recall my parents embracing me and telling me they loved me. I think that scene must have played out in many homes that night. Out of one tragedy came great triumph and love everwhere. In the days after the tragedy of 9/11 waves of patriotism, compassion, & unity swept over an entire nation. God allows horrible things to happen to us and around us so that we might greater appreciate all other moments of life and that we may look beyond ourselves to serve those whose lives are affected. As stated from the start, Eve partook of the fruit so we could comprehend both good & evil, virtue & vice, light & darkness. Consider a basketball game. When shooting around its good practice but no emotion. When we start keeping score, emotions rise greatly and in the end there is both a victor and a loser experiencing the opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. We could not experience such great joy as winning if we did not know what it was like to lose. This is the gift of God, not his condemnation. Otherwise we are all just dribbling on the court. Show more Show less