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Hi I'm Craig

I grew up in a small town in upper state New York, and lived in Europe. I'm a new author, proud grandfather, and a Mormon.

About Me

I love a good book, movies, and travel. As newlyweds my lovely wife and young son joined me in Europe while I was serving in the military. My three-year-tour of duty in Germany was memorable. Not only did we enjoy discovering old castles and traveling by train into beautiful Switzerland, a wonderful daughter was born there. I've always liked Europe; I was nineteen when I made my first trip. Like many of the young men in my church, I believe I was called by a prophet to serve a two-year mission in France & Switzerland, teaching the people about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since my church has no professionally paid clergy, or college requirements for the priesthood, I was ordained at that early age and served at my own expense. Coming from a family of seven children, my parents sacrificed in helping to support me. Today, I work in commercial auto claims for a living. I'm a new author, inspired by my four children, and grandchildren. I admit that I'm a proud grandfather.

Why I am a Mormon

Isn't it interesting how one thing in life often lays the foundation for something else? I grew up in a small college town in upper state New York. At the time my father was working on his Doctorate degree and during the summers when he had some time off, our family attended the "Hill Comorah Pageant" held in Palmyra, New York. The outdoor pageant was a huge event in which tens of thousands of people attended each night's performance. The remarkable story of a young boy prophet named Joseph Smith came to life each night. Aside from everything else, the fact that a young boy, like myself, had received an answer to his prayers for truth in such a profound way, deeply touched me. I too was often ridiculed at school when I told of Joseph Smith's first vision in which he testified of seeing the exalted Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, standing before him in the air, and heard their voices speak to him. Was it true that God had bestowed upon a humble boy of fourteen this remarkable vision which would open a new era of truth and light into the world? Somehow, I believed it. But as I prepared to serve my mission, realizing I would have to testify to others, I wanted to know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I studied the Bible and a book about the life of Joseph Smith. One night after a prayer, I received my answer. I can't really put it into words what a wonderful feeling came over me, except to say it was a holy and peaceful assurance of that truth. Because of the miracle of prayer, I came to know of a merciful God, our Heavenly Father, in whose image we were all created, who is personally interested in us. He hears and answers heartfelt prayers in His own way and in His own time. If this is the first time you've inquired into "Mormonism", I would like to encourage you to read other profiles and even request a personal visit from our missionaries so they can answer your questions. May the Lord bless you in your search for the truth.

How I live my faith

It seems like everyone is struggling in someway these days. Many are discouraged and looking for answers. Few understand their purpose here, and what life in the hereafter is all about. I sincerely believe that the restoration of divine truth and authority in Christ's church, LDS, does offer the hope and answers all are looking for. Since my church isn't just a Sunday-church, it's important for me to live what I believe; it's not just church membership, but how I live the gospel that will determine my happiness here and in the next life. My family nightly reads the scriptures and has prayer together. We attend church together and are active helping and supporting our neighbors and fellow members uphold strong moral standards. Watching only good television, movies, (no rated R), and listening to good music is important. Our family has never used alcohol or cigarettes; we believe in keeping a healthy lifestyle. However, as important as those things I've mentioned are, the most important thing part of the gospel is the opportunity for our family to be together forever! I will always be grateful for our temple marriage which if we live righteously will bring about those blessings. All worthy members of the church have that opportunity. Not long ago my wife and I had the blessing of serving as temple workers, performing essential ordinances for others that help build eternal families.