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Hi I'm Craig

I was born and raised in Utah. I have loved computers since I was a Cub Scout. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife Jill and I dated in High School and college before we were married. We had been married seven years and had been unable to have a child of our own so we decided to adopt. The adoption process turned out to be an emotional journey, including two babies whose respective mothers decided not to give up their baby at the last moment. However, on the third attempt we were able to adopt a wonderful Native American girl. She was followed a couple years later by an African American boy. Being adoptive parents had been challenging and joyful (as I am sure can be said for any parent). For an occupation, I consult with small businesses on their technology needs. I have been doing that for about 13 years. I fell in love with computers and technology when I was a young boy on a field trip to a computer lab at Brigham Young University. I can still remember the refrigerator sized computers, and washing-machine shaped hard drives and the printer that was programmed by punch cards that played the BYU fight song. Adoption and my occupation combined when I became a volunteer for an early intervention preschool. My wife's family adopted a baby boy with Down's Syndrome and started a school to provide information and training to parents of children with disabilities. The time I spent there was an inspiration. After almost 29 years of marriage, Jill passed away suddenly. Though she is gone, we are still devoted to each other and I look forward to a wonderful reunion.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me the principles of the Gospel from the time I was young. They taught me the doctrines of the Mormon Church and constantly urged me to learn and gain a testimony for myself. Although I have not heard a thundering voice or seen angels, I have had many, many experiences which have taught me that my Heavenly Father is very aware of me and anxious to bless me and answer my prayers, and other experiences which have confirmed to me that the truths found in the Bible and Book of Mormon are true. I have studied both the history and the doctrines for over 40 years and find that my knowledge and testimony only grow stronger with every passing day. I have come to appreciate the many men and women who have sacrificed so much so that we could have the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ today. I have gained an especial appreciation for the life and integrity of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The work that he performed never ceases to amaze me. Though just a man himself, he was clearly magnified of the Lord to bring the truths of Jesus Christ's gospel again to the earth. Much like Abraham and Moses and John the Baptist before him. What a joy and blessing to live in this wonderful time. Since my wife's passing I have come to understand more clearly the precious gifts the Savior offers me. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and by faithfulness to the covenants that Jill and I made in the Temple, we were blessed in this life and will be reunited in a future day. The Lord has shown me His love in personal and wonderful ways.

How I live my faith

My most important responsibility is to my family. Everything I do must be in harmony with the welfare of my family. In three different places that I have lived I have worked with Boy Scouts; twice as Scoutmaster. There is something satisfying to watch young boys join scouting at 11 or 12 years of age and graduate two years later as young men. One of the most satisfying experiences of my life was after my service in Scouting was complete, on one particular Sunday, the Young Men in the congregation had prepared a number to sing in our church services. We had a big youth program and there were nearly 60 young men in the choir. As they began to sing and I looked into their familiar faces I realized that I had had the privilege of serving as Scoutmaster to all but two of those young men. Their faces glowed with testimony and the Spirit, and I was touched by the privilege I had to serve with them. My faith tells me that the highest degree of christianity is achieved when we become completely unified as a community. It is my object to be a good neighbor. I am not a perfect person, and my neighbors are not perfect, but life is so much sweeter when we can get beyond the petty imperfections and look to each other in love. I am blessed with wonderful neighbors and have found tremendous joy in working shoulder to shoulder with them. I have called upon them to assist me in times of need, and they have called up me. Sometimes those need are temporal, sometimes it is to join in giving a priesthood blessing to someone who is ill or suffering.