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Hi I'm Craig

I've been a member my whole life. I travelled the world for nearly 30 yrs as an enlisted man and officer in the USAF.

About Me

I was born at Fort Lewis, Washington in 1950 when my father moved there with my mother because he was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict. We only stayed there for three weeks after I was born and we moved back to Salt Lake City, Utah. My father started what would become a 34-year career as a Salt Lake City police officer and I spent the first 19 years of my life there. In 1970, I left for a two-year Church mission to the Philippines. I returned home in 1972 and enlisted in the USAF. I finished my enlistment in 1976 and immediately returned to college at Brigham Young University. I also enrolled in the two-year AFROTC program at BYU. I met L'Or L. Olson during my first semester and we were married in January 1977. I graduated and was commissioned in April 1979. Thus, began a wonderful career as an Air Force officer that lasted until 2004 when I retired and we decided to remain in Cheyenne Wyoming--the home of F.E. Warren AFB where I had served three tours of duty.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first because I was born one. I am the great, great, great, great grandson of Hyrum Smith (the older brother of the prophet Joseph Smith). I am a Mormon because I put the faith the test. I have read and reread the Bible and the Book of Mormon. They both testify of Jesus Christ--and I really believe in him and his gospel. I also believe in modern-day prophets and apostles to love and guide us. I am also a Mormon because of the knowledge and understanding I have of temples and what they are used for and the blessings available that really outlast this earth life.

How I live my faith

I really believe the great freedom this nation provides allows me to live my faith the way I want to. I want to just simple worship Jesus Christ and follow his teachings as best I can each day. His was the gospel of love and service to others. This a faith where volunteers serve in all positions. Thus, I have been able to serve and dedicate my time and talents in such "callings" as: clerk, young men's president, elder's quorum president, high priest group leader, bishop, high councilor, stake president, sunday school teacher and many others. And because of the military moves, I have been able to serve all over the world--from Germany to Greenland and a dozen places in between. It has also been rewarding to serve in the community wherever I have been assigned. I have enjoyed serving as a volunteer in places like credits unions, community development committees and other charitable orgranizations