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Hi I'm Ivan

I grew up in Utah and now have a beautiful family with wife and kids. I work as a Web Developer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Professionally, I work as a web developer designing features of a web-based eDiscovery tool in the Legal industry. In the past I've developed web sites for companies behind Intel, Carrier, NordicTrack, and Reebok brand names. I've always enjoyed developing for the web. I am married to a wonderful wife and we have four kids. They are literally the frosting of my life. Along with the gospel, I can't imagine living my life without my family. Our family loves to go hiking, camping, kayaking, and swimming. I also love birds, especially parrots, and enjoy spending time with them. Because I am a child of God (Psalms 82:6), I believe I can accomplish anything with a little ingenuity, dedication, and hard work.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many I was raised since birth in the LDS Church. My testimony didn't hit me all at once. It started from a small seed of faith, planted when I was young. I followed counsel from modern prophets and apostles, who receive revelation from Jesus Christ. If anciently Christ's Church was "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets ..." (Ephesians 2:19-20), then why not today? My testimony follows exactly like our modern apostle, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, described in a world-wide conference in 2011: ' For many, a testimony comes slowly—a piece at a time. Sometimes it comes so gradually that it is hard to recall the exact moment we actually knew the gospel was true. The Lord gives us “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.” (D&C 128:21) In some ways, our testimony is like a snowball that grows larger with every turn. We start out with a small amount of light—even if it is only a desire to believe. Gradually, “light cleaveth unto light,” (D&C 88:40) and “he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day,” (D&C 50:24) when “in due time [we] receive of his fulness.” (D&C 93:19) ' ("Your Potential, Your Privilege", Gen Conf, Apr 2011) Each morsel of ancient Biblical scripture and each morsel of scientific truth have all strengthened my testimony. The Church is true because the Lord confirmed it to me many times through his Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

Most active members have a calling assigned by the Bishop of the congregation. My current calling relates to maintaining the local membership records of members who move in and out of our congregation. I served in this capacity for over six years, even when the system was originally DOS based. Now, the system is graphical-based and extremely user friendly. I have also taught classes in Sunday School and Priesthood. When I was younger, I had a stake calling entering genealogy records into the Church's computer system when the IBM PC first emerged. I've also served as a Missionary for our Church in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Our Earth was created for the purpose of life and to help "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). The creation of our Earth is part of Heavenly Father's plan for our happiness. While preaching the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ commanded: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). Time on earth provides opportunities for us to grow and progress, helping us to develop the moral attributes of our Father in Heaven. We are not alone in this world without divine help. Our Father in Heaven loves us so much that "he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17). Jesus Christ led a perfect example of how we must live. He said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). We have the scriptures, living prophets, the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and the example of Jesus Christ to help us become more like our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less