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Hi I'm Stuart

I served almost 24 years in the USAF, I teach software engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is a cultural blend of Greek and American values... we have lived in Hawaii since 2005. I enjoy chilling out on the weekend with my wife, we've been married since 1981. Our family spent almost 24 years serving in the USAF - I was enlisted for almost 8 years then served as an officer until I retired. My work included surveying/drafting while enlisted then software engineering, project management, protocol, intelligence, and systems management. Now I teach software engineering at a small private university, Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Free-time is spent working in the yard, really like the beautiful flora of Hawaii. I also enjoy the beach and enjoy snorkeling - I have a license to catch critters for my marine aquariums - keeping live fish and marine animals has been a hobby of mine since I was a young boy. My past hobbies and interests have included - eating good food, especially Greek food and steak seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt - creating stained glass windows, my wife and I made 24 of them for grandparents and parents; - doing a little theater, I played Will Parker in “Oklahoma” and I was the stage manager for “My Fair Lady” (years ago); - Scouting, I’ve been a Webelos Den Leader, Cub Master, Assistant Scout Master, and Scout Master; every time the military gave me a new assignment I jumped into scouting in a new place -- in fact, I’m an Eagle Scout -- hiked the Grand Canyon when I was 12 - being a grandpa and a dad, no greater joy!

Why I am a Mormon

Truthfully, I was born into a Mormon family. My dutch great-grandparents sold everything they had, including their family boat - a large barge - to embrace their faith and move to America. Their leap of faith, giving up everything they knew for the truth, has inspired hundreds of their posterity to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I made that choice too, to live the gospel, and my commitment continues to grow as I learn more about my Savior by reading about His life in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. He lives, He is the living Son of God, our Heavenly Father. My wife joined the Mormon Church when she was 16, she grew up Greek Orthodox, and we have both found enormous hope and peace through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Life has been full of joy and great disappointment too, every life does not have a fairy tale ending ... my belief is that we will get our fairy tale ending, eternal life with God, if we follow Christ, and do his works, and have faith in him. Through all my life challenges God has been my hope, my guide, my friend, and my master. I hope that others can feel and find the peace that I have through faith in Christ. As a boy, and now later in life, my faith in Christ is mostly composed of thousands of small, quiet experiences that let me know God is concerned about me and my family. As I try to live everyday closer to Christ, my spiritual experiences continue to increase my faith in Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sincerely trying everyday to follow Christ, asking myself what would He do? How would He teach? How would He support, love, and heal others. Being "in-tune" with His will is the most gratifying feeling, and for me it comes through service, intense prayer, scripture study, and remembering my covenants with God. My daily reminder is "SIP60RYC" and stands for 1. serving others as Christ would serve 2. intense prayer, several times a day, remembering that God is more powerful than any challenge 3. 60 minutes feasting on the scriptures each day (nibbling or grazing doesn't cut it) 4. remembering your (my) covenants These covenants are two way promises with God, I promise to remember Christ, be His disciple (by taking His name upon me), and keeping His commandments. In turn he has has promised me His spirit, the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, also called the comforter to be with me. Do I get 1, 2, 3 & 4 done perfectly everyday? No, I don't. Do I always do what Christ would do? No I don't. But I'm trying everyday and my Savior's sacrifice (His Atonement) lets me begin with a clean start everyday. Right now I serve as a Bishop (that's like the Pastor of the congregation) in the Mormon church. My congregation is about 120 young single adults (ages 18 to 30) in Laie, Hawaii. Many are students at Brigham Young University-Hawaii where I also teach.