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Hi I'm Thor

I grew up in Wyoming. I'm a husband, father and professional musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Utah and work as a cello and drum teacher, and composer. It's not always an easy way to make a living but it's what I know how to do, and I've made a difference in people's lives. I've written music for many years for companies like FOX Sports and ESPN. I was raised in Star Valley, Wyoming, a small farming and ranching community, and a great place to grow up. When I was 19 I was called by the Church to be a missionary in Ecuador. It was a difficult yet amazing experience, and as I shared my beliefs and testimony with them I grew to love the people there. After returning to Wyoming I went to school at Brigham Young University (BYU) and got married to my first wife. We had two wonderful children who I love very much. Unfortunately, as so often happens, my marriage ended in divorce. About a year later I was remarried to a pretty girl who I met in Ecuador shortly before the end of my mission. By that time she was also divorced with two children. So now we have two boys together for a total of six! We're culturally very diverse and speak a lot of Spanish at home.

Why I am a Mormon

I have 7 brothers and sisters. We were all raised as Mormons by Mormon parents. But after I returned from my mission to Ecuador my parents and 4 of my siblings eventually changed their religious views and are no longer Mormon. So of 10 of us who were Mormon, now there are 4. Fortunately this has not kept us from being a family. We continue to work, play and spend time together. I have at least one brother who feels compelled to be an atheist. We've had long conversations trying to understand each other's beliefs. We avoid arguments because we both know our relationship and our family comes first. Being from a family where most are not Mormon has it's challenges but I think it's been a blessing because it's caused us all to really think about what we believe and why, and to put our family first. I'm a Mormon because I believe that Joseph Smith Jr. was telling the truth, that he really did translate The Book of Mormon. I believe the Book of Mormon is an inspired book like the Bible. I've read it at least 20 times. I believe the teachings it contains are valid and relevant and that they really were written by ancient people, just as the Book of Mormon claims. If I said, "I don't believe the Book of Mormon" or "I don't believe Joseph Smith," I would be lying, because deep down I really do believe.

How I live my faith

Our church is a church where service is essential. We serve in every imaginable way. I have been called to work with the youth most of my adult life, usually in the Boy Scouts. Because I have 5 boys who are (or have been) scouts I suppose I've been a logical choice. I've been on more scout camping and backpacking trips than I can remember, sometimes in rain or snow. I understand about the hard knocks of life, but I believe I live my faith by continuing every day to be the best person I can wherever I am, whatever I'm doing. I consistently try to love and serve my family and others in my neighborhood and at work. I try to be honest and hardworking. I try to be an example of what I believe.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I have a brother who is an atheist, he and I have talked a lot about this subject. Three things that tell me there's a God are: (1) the complexity and splendor of the human body. To me the idea that the human body could have evolved all by itself with no outside help or influence is just not very logical and is just too much of a stretch of the imagination for me to take it seriously. The complexity of just the human eye by itself suggests there's a God. (2) Many things that I consider to be miracles, things that I have seen personally. For example, when I was married to my first wife I had a dream one night. I dreamed that I had 2 little boys who had black hair and darker skin color. The next morning I recounted the dream to my ex-wife who expressed her desire to have no more children. Years later after our divorce I was remarried to a woman from Ecuador who had 2 little boys with black hair and darker skin color. Some may feel this is just a strange coincidence, yet many strange coincidences together point to God. (3) The existence of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith Jr. said he translated it by the gift and power of God. Historical records show that at the time, he had the equivalent of a third grade education, hardly enough to even get him started writing on his own a book as large, complex and meaningful as the Book of Mormon. I believe no uninspired person could have written it without God's help. I suggest you read it and sincerely pray to God to know. Show more Show less