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Hi I'm Preston

I'm a family man, an arborist, a scientist... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I've lived in Utah for a total of 19 years, I've also lived in seven other U.S. states, Sao Paulo Brazil and Xi'an China. I'm finishing my MS in Plant Science. My research deals with a cool fruit called jujube that isn't very well known in the U.S., but is a major crop in China. My wife and I lived over there for 6 months last year to study these trees. While we were there, my wife gave birth to our beautiful little daughter! I work full-time as the campus arborist at my university. I love going to work every day and taking care of the trees! I love working in the yard, and have often spent hours of my free time moseying around the yard dreaming about my next project. I like camping and hiking, and I dream about owning a set of canoes one day. I love spending time with my wife and daughter, with my family and with her family. We love singing together, playing board games and watching movies. I love family road trips, and hope to make it to Redwood Nat'l Park, Glacier Nat'l Park and Yosemite in the next 5-10 years.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18, there was one particular Sunday afternoon that I had a good long talk with myself about whether I was really going to devote myself being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the rest of my life. I had grown up having many experiences that strengthened my belief in God and in his Church, and I had read the Book of Mormon and received a manifestation from the Holy Spirit that it is the word of God. ... I'm a 'whole hog or none' kind of guy, though, and I was telling myself that I either need to give myself wholly to God or not. I'm a Mormon because I know that God has plan for us and that he always sent prophets to show his people the way. I know that God chose Joseph Smith to organize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as his prophet. I'm a Mormon because I want to be apart of God's work and because I want to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ in hopes of receiving salvation. I'm a Mormon because I believe all of this is true and real and that turning my back on it would make me miserable in this life and forever after.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is important to me, and I strive to consciously practice my religion every day. I read the scriptures and pray on my own and together with my family. I know that doing these things helps me to be happier and live better because though prayer and the scriptures I draw nearer to God and to the influence of the Holy Spirit. Keeping the Sabbath Day holy and attending church every week is also really important to me. I feel like doing these things is a great way to show reverence and gratitude to God. Its also a great opportunity to be strengthened by the teachings of the Gospel and the personal testimonies of others. Likewise I feel like I help contribute to others by sharing my testimony and by being warm and friendly. Just this summer I was called to serve in a position of leadership over my congregation and as I have worked in this capacity, I have felt the influence of the Lord in my mind and in my heart as I strive to bless those in our congregation. I know that the Lord cares about each of us and is working for our benefit and blessing every day. I'm grateful that he calls servants to lead and guide his kingdom on Earth, and that in some way I can be apart of that.

Are Mormons Christians?

Preston
I believe in Jesus Christ, The Son of God, Our Savior and Redeemer. I know many "Christians" (Mormons included) who don't seem to or even try to emulate Christ or his teachings very well. I know many people that don't know or don't believe in Christ who live and breath Christian principles better than many who profess to be Christian. To me a Christian is one who strives to KNOW Christ and to BE like Christ. I hope that He would find me worthy of the title: Christian. Show more Show less