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Hi I'm Craig

I grew up in Washington State, I'm a retired police officer, and I love to work in my woodshop....and yes, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived most of my life in Washington State. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden before I married my best friend and childhood sweetheart. I'm the father of six children and 31 grandchildren. We recently celebrated the marriage of our first grandchild. I was a police officer for 34 year and received several honors during my tenure. I also served as a security supervisor for 6 years at the Portland Oregon Temple before retiring. I love to do woodworking and recently finished a hope chest for one of my granddaughters. I love photography, the outdoors and spending time with family. We have recently been called as a couple to serve a mission in the Florida Orlando Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the church all of my life but that doesn't mean that I didn't need to find out for myself that the gospel is true. Being a member of the church takes a great deal of commitment, it's not a church comprised of individuals that come and sit for a sermon and then go home and forget about religion for the rest of the week, it requires you to live your religion everyday, serving yourself and others. I've read not only the Book of Mormon but the Bible and prayed to know what I've read is true. I've received countless impressions throughout my life that confirm to me that what I believe is true. I know that Joseph Smith did receive visits from heavenly beings and that the gospel has been restored here on earth. My life is blessed everyday because of my membership in the church. It's wonderful to be a part of a community for Christ and to witness to the world that it is by Him and through Him that we can return and live in his presence

How I live my faith

Being a representative of the church is important to me so I try to exhibit good Christian habits everyday. Part of that involves service to others, I accomplish this by serving in the community, whether its service in homeless shelters, or to families in need within the church. I love helping families that have been assigned to me as part of my home teaching responsibility, especially the individuals who are unable to do things on their own. One of my church assignments is to help others with genealogy, I enjoy helping people get involved in genealogy, its great to see the excitement when they find an ancestor that they never knew about. I pray on a daily basis, not only for my own needs but also for the needs of others, it's important to me to pray for our nation and those who are responsible for making it safe. I love to read the scriptures and work hard to keep the sabbath day holy, we do that by making sure that we eliminate those activities that would draw us away from the spirit. I strive to treat others the way I would want them to treat me, we ascribe to the tenet of loving our neighbor and loving the Lord.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Craig
A typical meeting would consist of the following: Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). Prayers: Offered by local Church members. Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers. (Note: We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services.) Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less