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Hi I'm Craig

I grew up in Washington State. I love family, books, exercise, writing, golf, philanthropy and teaching. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in my early 50's with sagging skin and gray hair, but attempt to conteract the rumpled features and inevitable gravitational pull by working out at 6 am at a local gym. Fortunately, my wife and children are kind to me and still treat me as if I'm "one" with them. I'm a father of five, four of which still live in our home near Salt Lake City, UT. Our oldest son is on an LDS Mission in New York City. I'm an adjunct professor of business at a local college, coach a high school golf team, teach English as a 2nd language at the LDS Humanitarian Center, serve on a few Boards of wonderful local non-profit companies, talk and write about financial independence and positive psychology, and am quite involved with serving in my local Church. I grew up on a golf course, left Washington to play collegiate golf at Brigham Young University, and still enjoy playing competitively in Utah Amateur and Senior Amateur events. More than anything, I'm a Dad to five children who I adore and a brilliant wife who takes care of us all with gusto. We love to travel, read, exercise, and eat dinner together. Having grown up on the Northwest Washington Coast, I love taking my family back to the homestead each summer and bask within the confines of the forests and seas affectionately known by locals as "God's Country."

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe the Church is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, is led by Him, and its principles are packed with temporal and spiritual insights that if obeyed, allow joy and happiness to flourish within the problems and challenges that are part of mortality. I'm also grateful to be part of a religious community that looks out for one another, acts as a support group when necessary, and is always there no matter where you go throughout the world. The counsel and advice given by leaders within the Gospel of Jesus Christ are practical, wise and timeless. Serving others, keeping a year's supply of necessities stored, cultivating a garden, living within your means and getting out of debt as soon as possible, spending intentional time with your family, reading from the scriptures and praying on a daily basis, serving in positive ways in your community, staying abreast of current events, reading good books of all varieties, shunning pornography, paying a grateful tithe, going on a weekly date with your wife, and getting as much education as you can are just a few of the many principles taught early and often in the LDS Church. Each of these principles, when lived, have been tremendous blessings in our lives and have enriched us individually and collectively. Ultimately, one's personal relationship with the Lord is what it's all about. Do I know Him? Do I believe Him? Do I attempt to encircle myself in the arms of His love often? This is a very difficult thing in a world packed with so many worldly temptations, each designed to keep us distanced from Him. Only a consistent and improving habitual pattern of spiritual processes can keep our hearts firmly planted in His tender care and full of love for our fellow men. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attempts to help its flock do just that, at the right times and in the right amounts and I believe inspired guidance ultimately comes from one who knows the beginning from the end.

How I live my faith

As a family, we are committed to bringing the Savior into our home as much as possible. We have family scripture study each morning at 6:50 am for 20 minutes and attempt to learn principles of His Gospel, act upon the things that we learn, and share them with each other as much as possible. We pray together morning and night and spend each Monday night together teaching each other the Gospel and enjoying time with each other. We are fortunate to be surrounded with outstanding families in our extended neighborhood who have been models of consistent religous practices and have influenced us for the better. I currently help oversee a number of LDS wards in our area and have enjoyed the process of connecting people of many different faiths together in LDS settings. One of my sons and I are responsible for visiting and making sure the needs of three different families in our neighborhood are being met. We've been helped more in attempting to be of service than any service we've rendered in their behalf. I've also been fortunate to serve for 2-4 hours each week for a number of years at the LDS Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City. Currently, I'm teaching English to refugees from around the world. Being able to participate in the lives of so many fantastic people who have arrived here in difficult circumstances from places like Bhutan, Somalia and Iraq has been a rich blessing in my life.