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Hi I'm Max

I was born into the LDS Church, as were my parents and theirs. I grew up in the Church but developed my own testimony.

About Me

I am a retired educator, who majored in physical education, and administration. Retiring after thirty-eight years, I had taught physical education, science, math, music, and coached basketball, baseball, track, and cross country. I had been a principal and a superintendent of schools all in small school districts in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. I enjoy music and sing solos, duets, quartets, and in groups. I play the guitar and love country music - singing and listening. Our home library contains over 3000 books. I enjoy reading western authors like Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey. I won't read authors who rely on sex and vulgarity to sell thier books. For that and the good stories they tell, I prefer the LDS and other Christian authors, fiction and non-fiction, who keep it clean.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS Church but have developed my testimony through years of study and prayer. Testimonies are developed that way; study and pray. I've read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and our other Standard Works, many times. I continue to read them every day and I know they are of God. Joseph Smith, the prophet of the Restoration of the Gospel, translated the Book of Mormon from ancient records and I know that it is the word of God. Several years ago my seventeen year old son died in an automobile accident. The Plan of Salvation, which is God's gift to us, makes it possible for our family to be together again with our Heavenly Father. When our son died, we were privileged to have the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, come to us to relieve our pain and mourning. We know that our son's spirit is still alive and that we will see him and be with him again. Just because his body is dead his spirit is still alive and he and we will be resurrected because of the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I treasure my citizenship in the United States of America and worry that we may lose some of our religious freedoms if we continue the downward spiral of Judeo-Christian values. God had a hand in the writing of the Constitution of my country and I feel that we need to preserve that consitution and the religious and other freedoms that it guarantees. I am in my seventies and have served in my church and community all my life. I've belonged to Rotary International and the Lions Club and through those and other community organizations I've donated countless hours of community service. In the Church I've served in numerous capacities. Currently I enjoy serving as an ordinance worker in the temple, as the ward choir director and as ward mission leader. I've served in several bishoprics and a stake presidency. I loved being a Primary (childrens' organization) teacher, scouter, and youth leader. I believe that my body is a temple wherein the Spirit of God may dwell. Therefore I try to keep my body free from harmful products like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea. I also avoid caffeinated drinks. I attend church meetings every Sunday and strive to learn as much as I can from the scriptures; the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the other Standard Works of the Church. I believe that God still speaks to prophets on earth. He loves all people of all generations, so why would He not talk to us today? He does! I've served three full time missions and am preparing to serve a fourth. That's how I try to live my religion, by serving others.