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Hi I'm Russell

I grew up in rural Idaho, the oldest of eleven children. My wife and I now have twelve children of our own. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my wife and best friend for 20 years. We have 12 children ranging in age from 19 to 4 months old. All of them are ours naturally; none were multiple births. I'm a computer programmer and web developer. (I build web sites and online applications.) I attended college at three different institutions, but never graduated at any of them. I have worked for large, multinational corporations and small shops, and I have worked for myself as an independent contractor. Most of my free time is spent with my family. I also like to study permaculture as a path to self-reliance and better stewardship of the resources entrusted to me. I'm currently enrolled in a Permaculture Design Certification course here in Phoenix.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, but when I was a teenager, I had a number of doubts about whether I wanted to continue to live life as my parents had taught me. But as I looked around at the people I knew, both those actively living their faith and those following after more worldly pleasures, I started to really notice the difference. Those who were genuinely happy were honestly striving to do what the knew to be right, not trying to cram as much "fun" in as possible. At that point I decided that I wanted to be really happy, so I did everything I could to do what God had asked me to, as taught by my parents and teachers. As I lived more and more "on purpose," my life became much more peaceful and joyful. I decided to serve a full-time mission for two years, and that experience changed my life forever, creating a foundation of service on which to build the rest of my life. Though I have struggled at times with the conflict of what God has asked me to do and my own perceived self-interest, when I have chosen to sacrifice for what I know to be right, I have ultimately been glad I did so. But when I have followed after my own designs, I have regretted the decision. I know God has a plan for my life, so I do my best to understand and follow it. As I have followed His guidance, my experiences have been full of joy.

How I live my faith

I am fortunate to work with a group of young men at church. It is a great experience to be with them once a week, as we all seek to come closer to Christ and serve others. Sometimes, because of my work, this has created scheduling problems, but in the end I am thankful that I have this opportunity to both serve in the Church.