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Hi I'm Hal

I am a businessman, husband, father and fourth generation Mormon from Louisiana.

About Me

I am a husband, father of two, businessman and fourth generation Mormon from Louisiana. My interests are golf, physical fitness and reading. I served a mission for our church in Latin America when I was young. Later I graduated from college in finance and began a career back in the early 1980s. I have built and sold a couple of small businesses in the commercial real estate finance industry and am now a small real estate developer and investor working in warehouse and residential land developments. I have been married for over 30 years. We have a teenage daughter at home who will be leaving us in the fall for college. That will be a sad day for our family as we adjust to being "empty nesters". As I evaluate my life I can't help but realize that all the genuinely good things I enjoy are a result of trying to live the gospel. My faith and family are my most prized possessions. I am gratified to see my children also committed to the gospel and living by its precepts. Our memberships in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mean everything to us. The gospel is our source of comfort in these trying times we live in.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fourth generation Mormon from Louisiana which is fairly unique. My great grandfather on my mother's side heard and accepted the gospel. As a result, my grandmother and mother were raised as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although I enjoy this Mormon heritage, I am a faithful member of this church because of my own personal conviction of its truthfulness. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and each time have felt a spiritual confirmation of its teachings. I do not believe an ordinary man could have written such a book. Because of my testimony of the Book of Mormon, I know within my heart that Jesus was the Christ, that Joseph Smith was an instrument in the Lord's hands in restoring the gospel to the earth, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the fullness of that gospel. I am a Mormon because of an individual spiritual confirmation of these truths.

How I live my faith

Every day of our lives we are presented with opportunities to deviate from or live by the teachings of Jesus Christ. We can choose to tell the complete truth or knowingly leave a false impression with someone. We can fill our minds with wholesome uplifting thoughts or partake of the world's crudity. We can pause to help or rush by, thinking only of ourselves. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us what our behavior should be in all situations. Each morning I pray to be guided by the Holy Spirit in all things. At night I pray and review with the Lord how I did that day, striving always to be more like Him. Each week, as I attend our regular services, I am surround by others who have the same gospel centered objectives in life. Together we are strengthened and taught. We are fed spiritually and recommit to live as the Savior taught. Often during the week I am called upon to help others in some way. I work in a youth program in our congregation, or visit other members of our church to ascertain their needs. I may be asked to offer special assistance to one struggling with unemployment or illness. These weekly activities help bind me to others. They give me opportunities to serve as the Savior would. My faith is all encompassing. It impacts every aspect of my life. I am so grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes I do. I believe the need for a living prophet is as great today as at any time in the history of mankind. Isaiah taught of those who would call evil good and good evil. We live in times when so many seemed to have lost the simple concepts of good and bad. A prophet reminds us of our relationship with our Father in Heaven. He helps us to navigate these modern times. A prophet teaches us and warns us. I am grateful to sustain Thomas S. Monson as a living prophet today. Show more Show less