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Hi I'm Stuart

I'm a lawyer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of 2 sons and 2 daughters and 10 grandchildren. My hobbies include classic cars and reading. I love traveling with my wife. I also enjoy family history.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1962 my wife was a member of the LDS Church but had fallen into inactivity. She gave me a book entitled "The Naked Communist" written by Cleon Skousen. She told me she was strongly impressed to buy that book even though she did not know the author was LDS. Eventually, I read the book and was very motivated to become involved in political events. Brother Skousen suggested that the readers of his book get involved in their church. Since I didn't have a church, my wife said she did. Later that day the LDS missionaries came to our little apartment. I had become disappointed with organized religion because no one could explain to me how anyone who did not believe in Jesus and was not baptized could ever reach heaven. I had asked other pastors, preachers and religious persons why God would only allow those in heaven who were baptized because of what I read in the New Testament. I wondered about the millions of people who never even heard of Jesus much less were baptized in His name. Some answered that is why they sent missionaries all over the world, but I asked "what about those who died before hearing the missionaries' message?" No one had an answer for that until I met the LDS missionaries at age 22. Without any hesitation, the Elders asked me to turn to 1 Cor. 15:29. There was my answer and it had been there all the time! Within the next few weeks, I completed the lessons and was baptized. Our family has been greatly blessed by joining His Church. All of our children attended early morning seminary with perfect attendance. Our two sons served missions for the Church and 3 were married in the Temple.

How I live my faith

Since my baptism in 1964, our family has been fully active in the Church. We have accepted every invitation to serve in various assignments and my wife and I now serve as ordinance workers in the Temple. My wife has been a very faithful visiting teacher for over 40 years and always made visiting her Sisters a high priority--having achieved 100% visits since she was first assigned. In 1970, I was accepted to law school. Our stake president asked me to serve as a stake missionary the week before I was to start law school. He was aware of my law school plans, so I accepted the missionary calling and delayed my law school 2 years. After the mission was completed, I reapplied and was again accepted but by this time my employer enlarged my benefits to include a tuition reimbursement program. In effect, I received a legal education and graduated in the top 8% of my class without having to borrow any money or seek any financial assistance. People ask how was I able to accomplish holding a full time job, serving in various Church assignments, and preside over a young family, and attending law school. My answer is: a loving and patient wife, putting the Lord first, and keeping the commandments to honor the Sabbath (no Sunday classes or studying), attending my meetings and faith that all things would work out. Somehow, they did and I was blessed to pass the state bar exam on my first attempt.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Stuart
Regularly attending weekly Church meeting allows all members the opportunity to partake of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper and to renew the covenants made at baptism. Age-specific lessons are taught in Sunday School and other meetings to help us better understand the Gospel and to apply its principles to our daily lives. The Temple is also a place to worship the Savior, and be taught, but primarily it is a place where ordinances are performed for the living and the dead. All those persons who died without having the opportunity to know Jesus and to be baptized in His name are able to receive those and other ordinances by proxy. Worthy family members search out their ancestors and participate in having the ordinances, including baptism, performed for them. Temples are the place where marriages are performed for living couples which marriages are effective beyond death. Families can be together forever. Show more Show less