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Hi I'm Arnie Hafford

I'm a husband and father of 6. I love spending time with my family and am a baseball fan. I enjoy helping others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful wife and have 6 incredible children, 3 boys and 3 girls. I am an attorney. 4 of my children are married and I have 5 precious grandchildren. My middle daughter graduated from college recently and my youngest daughter is currently attending BYU. My wife is an exceptional singer who has enjoyed sharing her talent with others throughout her life. She chose to be a wife and a mother and gave up the opportunity to sing professionally. Unfortunately, I have no musical talent. I do, however enjoy classical music, listening to my favorite band Chicago and am a big sports fan, especially baseball. I was blessed with 2 wonderful parents who, although not members of the church, provided me with a solid moral foundation. My dad died when I was very young and my mom devoted her life to raising my sister and me. I will always love and adore her for the way she sacrificed all her personal desires for us, for her unconditional love for me and for her unshakeable faith in the Savior. My parents taught me to love the Lord and to live my life honorably. I haven't done anything spectacular in my life, but enjoy every moment with my family and the opportunity to meet new people and help others.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up my best friend was a Mormon; I was Catholic. I loved being in his home and the kindness and generosity his family showed me. My dad died when I was 9 years old. My friend and his family helped my mom, my sister and me and were always there for us. My friend moved to Washington D.C. when I was in the 8th grade. Shortly after he moved away I had a dream. I saw my friend and his family all dressed in white and standing in front of a beautiful white building. About 5 years later my friend returned to visit before going on his mission to Australia. He gave me his mission card; on one side was written the Articles of Faith, which are a statement of the core beliefs of the Church. On the other side was a picture of the Washington D.C. Temple. A Temple is a sacred holy place where we as members of the Church make sacred covenants with the Lord and help others to do so too. As soon as I saw the picture of the Temple I recognized it as the building I had seen in my dream. I went home that day, told my mom what had happened and that I was going to join the Mormon Church. I called up the missionaries and they taught me the Gospel. They gave me a Book of Mormon to read. As I studied I received a strong confirmation by the Holy Ghost that it was the word of God. The Book of Mormon is a testimony of Christ; of His divine nature as the only begotten Son of God, as the Savior of all mankind and as my personal Savior. The Gospel is a gift given by a loving Father in Heaven who wants each of us to return to Him and live eternally. The Church is the means Heavenly Father has provided to teach all of his children about the Plan of Salvation. The Gospel has blessed my life and the lives of my family in so many ways. It is my safe harbor. I know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me, as imperfect as I am. I am grateful for my friend, for a loving Heavenly Father and for the peace, happiness and joy that the Gospel has brought to me and my family.

How I live my faith

When I joined the Church and was baptized the young man who baptized me told me that being a Mormon was special because you didn't just go to Church on Sunday but lived your religion every day. That counsel has always stayed with me. I try each day to live my life as the Savior would like me to live. Of course I fall short, but the beauty of the Gospel is that when we sincerely repent we are forgiven of our sins and keep trying. I try to be an example to my wife, my children, my friends and those I meet of the things that I believe. I gain strength each day as I pray to my Heavenly Father and study the scriptures. I notice that the more I do this the closer I feel to my Father in Heaven and the better able I am to overcome adversity and trials. I feel closer to God when I serve others and don't just think about myself. The Church provides many opportunities to serve. I have enjoyed teaching the youth, working with the men in our area and working in the Church sports program. I also have the opportunity to visit the homes of members and non-members of the Church in our area. I have the chance to share the Gospel and to help and serve them in any way I can. I love these families, and am grateful that my Father in Heaven trusts me to help do the work that he would do if he were here. I am grateful for the faith I have and the opportunities I have to grow.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Arnie Hafford
We believe that God is our creator and our Heavenly Father. Life did not begin with this earth life and does not end when we die. In time our bodies will reunite with our spirits and we will be resurrected. Heavenly Father will reward us based upon how we live our lives here on earth. We want to return to Heaven to live with Him. Not only do we want to live with God again but we want to live with our families and friends in His presence. Not everyone will be able to live in God's presence. It will depend upon how well we choose to follow our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ. We will all be rewarded based upon our worthiness as determined by our thoughts, words and actions in this life. Show more Show less