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Hi I'm Craig

I am a retired professor, an ex-Wall Street banker and entrepreneur. I am a husband, father, grandpa and surfer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a "military brat" that moved every couple of years. I still love to do that - just to change things up. I was lucky in that I wasn't that good at competitive sports, but I was good at math. I started surfing (and fishing) when I was in 8th grade (we lived in California) - and I continued to surf all of my life. My family wasn't very wealthy, but I managed to marry the daughter of a dentist - and she encouraged me to make the best of what I was. I did well at school, so I ended up with several academic degrees - a bachelors, two masters and a PhD. I took work both inside and out of the academe. I also started a lot of different businesses. I changed academic interests frequently (it felt good to change - like moving). I worked in animal behavior, in statistics, in neural anatomy, in computer science. I ended up an expert in 'decision-making under uncertainty' and one day found myself working in New York for one of the big Street firms. The mathematics of finance were easy to learn - and I was good at work in asset-securitization. I started several companies (only a few were really successful) and ended taking one company public. I kept going through cycles of making money in one business and losing it in another. I loved the thrill of building things. I've lived in New York, London and Hawaii as well as lot's of other places. My wife has been really supportive and we have had a very fun and full life!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, my parents were very faithful members of this church. In fact, my ancestors joined this church back in the early 1800's and many suffered persecution and came West with those that originally settled Utah and Arizona. I spent a good deal of my youth pretending that I didn't know that the church would lead me to happiness. I wandered a bit off the straight-and-narrow path. But, also as a young man, I discovered the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. After feeling unclean for several years, I learned how I could repent of my wrong-doing and turn to the Lord in prayer. I learned that I could feel good about myself again if I let the redeeming power of the Savior into my life. I was so very grateful that I discovered this power of the atonement. It has profoundly affected my life. I really knew, all along, that there was only one way to be truly happy in life - and this involved loving others, serving others and helping them to find the joy that comes through letting the Savior's power fill their lives. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have felt His atoning power in my life and this brought me in from a life headed toward darkness and turned me toward light and hope. I want to be a good person and I want to help others to find this same happiness that I have found. My wife has been my partner in this life's journey. She has encouraged me and helped me to become the best that I can be. I love her deeply and hope to be able to spend eternity with her by my side. Her faith and her commitment to the Savior have been an undeniable power for good in my life.

How I live my faith

I love to visit with people. Sometimes I feel like those I speak with recognize that someone cares about them. When I was a young father, we went through a very difficulty time financially. One time, when things seemed really bleak and we had been praying for a way to solve our financial problems, the Lord sent some people into our lives that anonymously solved our problems. It was a tremendous blessing and it sill makes me feel like crying when I think about how the Lord blessed us. I am really grateful that the Lord heard our pleas, and that he chose to whisper our needs into the minds of people that would listen and help us. I've always wanted to be like that - someone that the Lord can use to bless other people's lives. I hope that the Lord will choose me to help answer someone's prayer for help. I love to work in the temple - a special place where we do work for those that cannot do it for themselves. I've worked in four different temples for 13 of the last 15 years or so. I am currently a bishop in a wonderful congregation. This means that I get to help organize people to do the Lord's work, to strengthen each other and to build their faith in our Savior. I love doing this work.