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Hi I'm Craig Swindlehurst

I'm a recent college graduate, runner and avid basketball fan working as a public accountant in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Provo, Utah, where I stayed to go to college at Brigham Young University. I graduated in April of 2012 with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting. In October of 2012, I will start work at Deloitte, a large public accounting firm in their Orange County, California office. I love participating in any kind of physical activity. I played basketball in High School and continued to play as much as I could throughout my six years of college. I also love to run. Up to this point I have run six half-marathons and one full marathon. Other passions of mine include hanging out with my dog (a rat terrier), reading, writing, and enjoying good music. One day I hope to write my own novel (some kind of fantasy or historical fiction). I also would love to learn the piano. My parents tried to enroll me in lessons as a child, but I quickly gave up on them. That decision has gone down as one of my biggest regrets. Other goals I'd like to accomplish are to get my personal training license, get involved (somehow) with an NBA team, be an extra in a movie, and run in one of the country's great marathons (Disney, Boston, or New York).

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have always been members of the church, and I attended with them as far back as I can remember. In 2005, I had to decide if this Church was true and I had to decide if I wanted to spend two years of my life doing missionary work for the Church. Through the scriptures, prayer and through the witness of the Holy Ghost, I came to the know this is Christ's church on the earth today. I served a mission in Argentina and since then have had countless experiences where the Spirit has confirmed to me that this truly is God's work. I believe that we are all children of God. I believe that He loves us more than we can understand and wants nothing more than for us to be with Him again and with all those whom we love. He cares deeply about us and is involved in our day-to-day lives. There are too many "coincidences" in life for this not to be true. I believe that God wants us to live a life full of faith, hope, and love. I believe He has certain things that He wants us to accomplish in this life, and that He asks us to do these things not to control us, but because He knows doing what He asks will bring us happiness. I also know that none of us can do all that God asks of us on our own. That is why He sent His son, Jesus Christ. Through His Atonement, we can receive power to accomplish great things and we can be cleansed from our sins. Through Christ I can live an abundant and happy life, and I can have confidence that I can be clean and return to the presence of God.

How I live my faith

The Church provides us with many opportunities to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the Church I am part of a community of like-minded people that believe in God and strive to live like Jesus Christ. I am given opportunities to serve others through programs the Church offers. While the Church is a vehicle through which we can live our faith, my goal is not simply to be an "active" member of my Church. My goal is to live a Christlike life, learn to develop faith in Him, and do the best I can each and every day. The Church simply helps me do this by providing me with those opportunities to serve, by teaching me, and by helping me come to realize who I really am: a child of God. Beyond activity in the church, I try to live my faith through personal religious behaviors. I pray to Heavenly Father every morning and every night. I read the scriptures He has given us: The Bible and The Book of Mormon. I strive to help others when I can. I try to be Christlike. I try to be charitable, to be forgiving, and to lift others up. I try to think of Jesus often, and to keep the Holy Spirit with me by making correct decisions. I try to be the best person I can be every day of my life.