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Hi I'm Craig

I grew up on the coast of Maine, I am a college professor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college professor. I love to teach and to help my students prepare themselves to live their lives with purpose and integrity. I am the father of five children, who never cease to amaze me. In my spare time I like to swim. I used to do a lot of running, but when I got to be middle-aged, I decided that the swimming was easier on my knees.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was nineteen. I had a friend in high school who was a Mormon, and when he left on a mission, his example prompted me to find out more about his religion. I had grown up as a "Christmas and Easter" Protestant, but by high school I really no longer believed in God. There were just too many unexplained things that we were expected to take on faith. When my friend left on his mission for the LDS Church, it really threw me for a loop. He was smart, successful and laid back - nothing like the other religious people I knew at the time. Since I knew next to nothing about his church, I decided to learn more. What started as purely intellectual curiousity eventually became a spiritual longing. In my investigation of the doctrines of the Church, I experienced many small spiritual experiences, but no single huge outpouring of the Spirit. I really wanted that big manifestation of the Holy Ghost like I had heard that other people had received, but it wouldn't come. One day, I read Ether 12:6 in the Book of Mormon: "...faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for you receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." I realized that my faith had really not yet been "tried." I decided that I should be baptized. That would show the Lord that I was serious about my desire for a full testimony. My baptism was a wonderful experience. I felt the Spirit very stongly that day. To be honest, though, the huge manifestation of the Spirit that I was seeking, giving me that iron-clad surety that the fulness of the gospel had been restored to the earth through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, did not really happen until I was serving a full-time mission for the Church. When I was out there preaching the gospel in a foreign language, the Holy Ghost was truly my constant companion and continually confirmed to me that Jesus is my Savior and this is his Church.

How I live my faith

The most important parts of living my faith are private and personal. Prayer and scripture study are very important parts of my personal worship. Of course, another big part is church activity. My wife and I take our kids to church every Sunday. My wife is a cub scout leader and I help people do family history research. Since our church has no professional clergy, everyone helps out. It keeps us busy, but it's extremely rewarding from the perspective of personal and spiritual growth. Most of what I have learned about being a leader in my profession and in my community I learned from my Church service.

What is being a Mormon like?

Craig
As a convert to the church, I have a "before and after" perspective. Being a Mormon brings me a sense of purpose - not just an earthly purpose, but an eternal one. I know who I am, and that the Lord loves me and has a wonderful plan for me. Being a Mormon helps me to understand and achieve God's intentions for me, and that brings me incredible joy and fulfillment. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Craig
We absolutely believe that the Bible is the word of God. We believe that both the Old Testament and the New Testament are witnesses of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament prepared the world for the coming of the Savior, and the New Testament is a witness of his birth, ministry and atoning sacrifice. No one can love the Savior without appreciating the awesome beauty and truth of the Bible. Show more Show less