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Hi I'm Craig

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Idaho and moved to Arizona in 1980. My wife and I have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

About Me

I have been working in real estate development for over 30 years. Our company has developed four retirement communities in Mesa. During that time I have also become involved in many civic organizations such as the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, and YMCA, just to name a few. I have been active in the Homebuilder's Association of Central Arizona. Because of the five children we have, I have been very involved in coaching youth sports, everything from football, to basketball, to baseball. My daughters have been active in playing volleyball on the high school and college level. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon and have grown up in the faith. I have always believed the truthfulness of what my parents taught me early in life, but there does come a time in life when you have to find things out for yourself. That time came for me when I was called to serve a two year mission for my church. How was I supposed to go out into the world and teach something that I didn't truly believe myself? One thing my parents did teach me was not to be hypocritical. If I really didn't believe these things for myself, then I shouldn't associate myself with this church. So I set out on a two year journey to find out if what I had been taught in my youth was really true. What I found was that as I was teaching others about my church, I began to really find out for myself how true the church really is. I spent many hours in study and prayer and practical applications of the beliefs of the church. By the time I had completed my two year mission, there was no doubt in my mind as to the truthfulness of the Mormon Church. God did appear to a young boy, Joseph Smith, and used this young boy to organize the true church of Jesus Christ which is on the earth today. There really are living prophets and apostles on the earth today that receive revelation from God to help us in this crazy world we live in. Jesus Christ has actually established His church on the earth today and it is called by his name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is my testimony and I know it to be true.

How I live my faith

The great thing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that it does not have a paid clergy. All the members "pitch" in and take assignments to make the local churches run smoothly. For example, I served for many years as the scoutmaster for a group of boys in my neighborhood. The troop was sponsored by our church, but all boys that lived in the neighborhood, regardless of religious affiliation, were welcome to join our troop. It is great when everyone works together for the common good of the members and others who live in the neighborhood. Everyone has some type of assignment. The young men, ages 12-18, particiapte every Sunday in the sacred ordinace of the Sacrament. This is similar to Communion in the Catholic Church. Adult members teach classes each week to different age groups of members. Families are visited each month by "home teachers" who just check in during the month and see how things are doing. Everyone looks after one another. It is a great feeling to know that I have such a tremendous support group to help me and my family regardless of whatever situation may arise that we might have to deal with.