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I love outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, backpacking, fly fishing etc. where I witness God's creations. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid outdoorsman. I think I live where I do because I still enjoy the many recreation opertunities I did while I was a boy. I loved to fly fish then and I still love to fly fish. I loved to ski then and I still love to ski. I loved to hike as well as backpack and I still love to hike and backpack. I had the greatest childhood. As a boy I knew my parents loved me as well as my brothers and sisters. I wanted the same thing when I started my own family. I love the emphasis our faith places on family life. Following my LDS mission to Scotland. I met and married a wonderful girl that I grew up with in our ward congregation. We have four great kids who are all married now with their own families. So far they have given us thirteen grandchildren. I think the best part of having children is when they grow up and we communicate more like brothers and sisters rather than parents and children.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our family culture was always intertwined with our theology. I've never seriously questioned the truthfulness of the Church. As I have studied and prayed over our doctrine I have felt inside that it all fit. Furthermore, as I have lived life while trying to practice the tenents of our faith I have experienced great joy in the journey. In trying to live the gospel I have felt the hand of the Almighty gently guiding me and providing spiritual knowlege; sometimes even protection. I believe without question in the calling of a living prophet. I have found that following the guidance of our living prophets and apostles has really blessed me and my family. The deepest emotions of my heart are centered on my family. Our doctrine of eternal families and our practices that support family life really work for me. I know that what my wife and I have, as a family, has come from our Father in Heaven. I love the Book of Mormon. Every time I read from it I find answers to many of my questions. The most comforting experience I have is in the knowlege of the atonement of Jesus Christ. As I strive and sometimes fall short, my faith in Christ's infinate atonement helps me keep going. Additionally, as I have suffered at the death of parents, relatives and even a child, I know that there will be a joyous reunion and a resurrection because of our Redeamer. I am grateful for my faith.

How I live my faith

I like to think that my best expressions of my faith are shown in my family. Beyond this, I have spent a lot of my life serving in the Boy Scouts of America. Because our church sponsors scouting I have served in various assignments and age groups of scouts. Some of the best experiences of my life have been on the trail and camping out at night with the boys and men of the Boy Scouts. It was good to have these assignments when our sons were growing up. I have always felt that it is good for boys to leave their video games and T.V. and experience the out of doors like I do. Helping to shape the lives of young men through the values and practices of scouting has always brought me a lot of satisfaction. My wife has been good to allow me to have the time to participate in Scouting. My worship includes daily regular prayer and some study. I have always tried to attend church every Sunday. It is very rare that I miss church. I also love our practice of Temple Worship. The deepest feelings of my heart are answered in in my experiences in the temple. My life's experiences have allowed me to consider things in light of the teachings of The Lord Jesus Christ. My personal striving is to try to understand how He would want me live day to day.