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Hi I'm Craig

I'm a lifelong Mormon, born and raised in California, and now raising my own six kids in Utah.

About Me

My job is a web marketer, but mostly I like building things--tools to make life easier or more fun. One of my favorite inventions is the tree fort in the back yard. It's the reason I may never move from the home I'm in. I had lots of fun designing and building it, but even better is the satisfaction I feel seeing my kids and their friends and cousins swarming all over it. I've built a web application for web analysts that I'm selling right now, and I hope to have the same satisfaction some day knowing that I built something that makes people's lives better.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, and when I left home and attended Rick's College up in Idaho, I started to look at my beliefs seriously, perhaps for the first time. I served a mission, which was an imperfect but wonderful experience, and since that time I've learned to recognize the Spirit testifying to my heart the truthfulness of the gospel and the wickedness of the impulses I feel on a pretty regular basis. Even though I'm frustrated that those impulses continue to accompany me through my life, I'm pretty sure that if I ever stopped practicing my religion, I would feel those spiritual communications less frequently, and stop trying to yield my will to God's. And even though I might become less judgmental of my own actions, I don't think it would put me on the path of becoming the person I hope to be someday. (With that said--I'm not really much of a hair-shirt Mormon in the life I'm currently leading. My wife reminds me pretty often that I'm way too easy on myself when I make mistakes, lose my temper, etc.)

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday. I love to see if I can silently name all of the people I see in my congregation, and I like to reach out to make friends with those I don't yet know well. I don't meditate much on my faith (even though I sometimes feel like I should), but I'm active in the lives of my neighbors and fellow church-goers, and I take a little more pride than I should in that. To illustrate: I believe strongly in the restoration of the Priesthood through Joseph Smith, and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, but I can't remember the last time I really sat down to read the scriptures or study the revelations of Joseph Smith. Still I have goals to turn that around, to stop being a works-only Christian. I want to be a man whose mind and prayers are continually returning to the revelations and mysteries of God. My fourteen-year-old daughter is always coming up with a new plan to get our family reading the scriptures and praying together, and the one she came up with this week may be the start of something great! But just in case it doesn't I"m still really happy in the half-faithful, half-neglectful life that I'm living. I feel very blessed and frequently joyful in the life that I'm leading.