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Hi I'm Morgan

I was born and raised in Chicago. I'm a husband and father, a stage IV cancer survivor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents went through a very hard divorce. It was tough on our family and at that point I realized the importance of fathers and fatherhood. I resolved to be a good father and I recognized that to be a good father means being a good husband. I'm not perfect, but I work hard at both and now I look forward to someday being a grandfather...it's so much easier. Spending time together as a family is critical to me, so I've built my life around it. I work, serve and play around my family. Having children really orients you towards the future and I want that future to be the best it can be. Because of that I serve in elected and appointed offices in my community in the hope of leaving a better world for my children and their children's children. Building strong families and communities make everyone's life better. Our vision for our family is three-fold. Have children who love and serve God; children that are prepared to be successful adults; and children that are companionable. We're doing it with God's help. I love being a father.

Why I am a Mormon

When my first child was born I knew the world was a troubled place and wanted to protect my family from that. I didn't want my children to follow the difficult path that I had, nor did I want my family exposed to the emotional and environmental stresses that my family had been through when I was a kid. But, I didn't know exactly how to do that. Despite my true desire, I didn't feel that I was a good father or husband. Unknown to me my wife had been praying for a solution. I'm embarrassed to say that I was a hard sell. One day I came home after a rough day at work and instead of leaving that at the door I brought it home. At that moment I realized I needed a higher power. I needed to make a big change. My wife suggested going to church just to see what the Mormons were like. We went and I'm so glad we did. We've been attending ever since. It hasn't always been easy, but it has always been worth it. Eventually we were sealed as a family for time and all eternity. It was there that I completely understood how a marriage involves three parties: the two spouses and God. Knowing that I have a tie to my family that continues beyond death makes life all the richer. I am so glad to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by honoring my covenants and commitments. I look to Jesus as my example and try to live a life that He would be proud of. At the same time I cannot do it alone. I need the faith and hope that comes from the Savior's Atoning Sacrifice. When I was baptized I felt so good, pure and fresh. So I've directly experienced that washing away of sin and I know it is true. God has blessed all worthy males with a priesthood. It's not the kind of authority wielded by earthly powers, but instead a true call to serve. There was a time when I didn't feel like a man of God. But, today, I know I'm on God's side and work hard to live a Christlike life that serves others and improves lives. But, it is not just service, but method that matters. In the Bible it says that charity never fails. That's true, particularly since the charity referred to is the unconditional love that Jesus Christ has for us. That's the key to all of it. If you don't do it out of real love it's just self-serving, despite the results. There are times when I've really lost myself in service. Where all the world goes away, my troubles are gone and I feel that the Savior is right by my side. It is a most peaceful and wonderful feeling. There is a statement in the Bible where Jesus, talking to His disciples, states, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) That verse really throws you. When you read that it seems impossible. Nobody is perfect and they never can be. The neat thing, though, is that the word translated "perfect" really means "complete" as in reaching your goal. Like when a sailor's telescope gets opened link by link until it is at full strength. That's how I live my faith: Knowing that I am a work in progress supported by and serving my Savior Jesus Christ.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Morgan
When I first came back to God my faith was tiny. It was like the proverbial mustard seed. I was uncertain, but dedicated. I wouldn't turn back. I stayed focused on being faithful to Jesus Christ, following his commandments and studying and applying the Scriptures. Show more Show less