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Hi I'm Craig

I'm spent years studying science and medicine. All that study has sent me back to the roots of my faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a good old country doctor in rural southeastern Georgia. I have a family, a mortgage, student loans, and the same trials and blessings many other people do. That's life. And I think life is great. I live in a small town where my wife and I are raising our six (yes, six) kids. The oldest attends the univeristy here in town. The youngest is still in elementary school. I love being a family doctor. Jesus taught us to serve one another, to help those who suffer, to strengthen one another. I get to do that every day, but I get paid for it. What a bargain! That's not to say life doesn't have challenges. Sure it does. You can't have a family without a good crisis every now and then. On the other hand, you can't have a family without a healthy helping of fun and laughter too. The only question is, are you going to let the crises or the joys dominate your outlook?

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was raised by faithful parents. Without a doubt that upbringing biased me toward the faith, but I've had plenty of opportunities to evaluate other paths. I grew up in the eastern half of Canada and the United States. Often there were no Mormon kids in my schools besides my siblings and me. During those times all my friends were members of other faiths. In 1983, I was the only Mormon the Church knew of in Grenada right after the U. S. invasion. The nightly rum parties my friends held and other easily accessible temptations gave me a reason to look inward and contemplate whether my commitment to the Mormon lifestyle was really necessary. When I rationally compared my life to what I saw going on with my friends, my conviction was reaffirmed that I was on the right track. I'm a Mormon basically because God said so. I know that sounds trite. But it's the short and sweet answer that most of us can honestly give. Here's the detailed explanation: For me, the answer came early on in life. I was enrolled in a scripture study class that met at 6:00 AM every day before high school. Almost all congregations in the U. S. and Canada and in many other places support similar classes. As part of that class we were assigned to read the Book of Mormon. God gives a challenge at the end of that book to ask Him if it's true. Sounds a little risky on His part, doesn't it? The Bible has similar challenges, where God tells us to ask Him for knowledge. So I did. Alone in my room, I asked Him if He really sent His words to Earth through prophets and apostles, and if The Book of Mormon is his word like the Bible. He answered me immediately with a strong loving conviciton that He did indeed send us the scriptures. I was just a scrawny high school kid. Nobody important, except to Him. He interrupted whatever He was doing at the moment to go to the trouble to tell me that yes, the scriptures are true. The Mormon church is His church and it's where I belong.

How I live my faith

I'm not a Utah Mormon. I've remained in the eastern U. S. for almost all of my life. Rural southeastern Georgia doesn't have a high concentration of Mormons living here. Most of the time, I'm one of only a handful of Mormons in whatever hospital or store or movie theatre or wherever else I find myself. I'm no better than the Baptists and Methodists and Catholics I rub elbows with every day. God loves them every bit as much as he loves me. Jesus Christ suffered and died for them and their families just like He did for me and mine. Like anyone else, I work, I drive a car, I vote, I pay taxes. I try to live a good life, to be charitable, to obey the law, and to serve. I've had many different assignments in the Church through the years. Right now I'm a counselor to the Bishop who heads our congregation. In that capacity I'm privileged to sit with him and other local leaders and make plans how best to carry out Christian teaching and service for our members and the rest of the community. With other Mormons my family helps once a month when it's our church's turn to stock and staff a local dinner kitchen for people in our town who wouldn't otherwise have a hot meal, or any meal at all. Our church is involved in other community projects both ongoing ones and those that come up as needs arise. We're just like our neighbors. We have our struggles. The Gospel of Jesus Christ keeps us focused as we deal with our struggles. We live a busy, active, stressful life. And that's the way we like it. Life is great.