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Hi I'm McArthur

For the past 42 years I have worked for BYU. I recently retired and my wife and I have accepted a mission call to Winnipeg Canada.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 44 years. I am a father of four - 2 sons and 2 daughters, and a grandfather of 14 - nine grandsons and five granddaughters. Family is very important to us. We do a lot together. When our children were growing up, we would have an individual night out with each child once a month, doing something the child wanted to do. And, even now after our children have left home, we continue to do things with our children and our grand children on a regular basis. As husband and wife, we like doing things together. We love to travel and have been to every continent, to many countries, and to every state in the USA. Well, my wife is missing one state - Minnesota, but we plan to go there shortly. I recently retired from BYU after 42 years. I spent the first 27 years in the BYU Bookstore, then transferred to the University Treasurer's Office as Assistant Treasurer and spent the last 15 years there. I was responsible for all University credit card processing and security as well as a lot of the banking activities. One of my favorite hobbies is wood working. My wife has been kind enough to let me build furniture for our home and I have built most of the furniture in our home, as well as our four children's homes. A few of the furniture pieces I have made include china hutches, hall trees, magazine racks, curio cabinets, bunk beds, end tables, bed headboards and foot-boards, cradles, amours, etc. Education is also very important to our family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon, my grandparents on both sides of the family were Mormon, and all of my great grand parents were Mormon. I grew up in the Church and at the age of eight I was baptized. My heritage played a significant role in me becoming Mormon; however, I have come to know for myself, through the Holy Ghost, that the Mormon faith is true. This knowledge has come to me over a life time. I cannot give an exact time when I knew the Church to be true, but I can say I know it is true. When I was baptized at age eight, I had a warm, happy feeling in my heart. I believe this feeling was from the Holy Ghost telling me that my decision to be baptized was a good decision. The night before I was called to be a Bishop in the Mormon Church, I woke up at 2:00 a.m. with this wonderful feeling in my heart, and the thought very strongly came into my mind you are going to be called as Bishop. And, immediately tears flowed down my cheeks. A week prior to this experience, I was talking with some friends about Church callings, and they asked me if I ever wanted to be a Bishop. I told them no, I did not want or desire to ever have such responsibility. When the call came, I afterwards knelt in prayer and said Heavenly Father, if you want me to do this, then I am going to need your help as I can't do this by myself. God did help me many, many times. When I go to Church before I partake of the Sacrament, I ask Heavenly Father to forgive me of the things I have done wrong during the past week. I think of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the suffering He went through. I am so thankful for a loving Savior, that He is willing to forgive. I love the teachings of the Church. The doctrines have always rung true to me. I believe I am a spirit child of God and I believe Heavenly Father loves me. I believe I chose to come to earth so that I could prove my love to Heavenly Father by the things which I do. And, if I keep the covenants I have made, I can be with my family for all eternity.

How I live my faith

I grew up in the church. My parents were members of the church and all of my 10 brothers and sisters are members. When I was 8 years old, I chose to be baptized and I have been active ever since. I attend church every Sunday. As an adult I have served in many different callings, mostly with the youth or in church administration. I was Scout Master for a period of time and I continue to work with the youth as a merit badge counselor. I am currently the Personal Management and Cycling merit badge counselors for the youth in our neighborhood. When I turned fourteen I became a home teacher and went with adults to visit families, to let those families we visited know we cared. And, at age 66, I am still a home teacher, visiting families regularly, trying to be of service. At the age of 19, I went on a two year mission for the Church and served in Northern Germany. Before I left, my oldest brother tried to talk me out of going, but I was and I am still convinced the mission is a good thing to do. My wife and I have just accepted a mission call to serve in the Canada Winnipeg Mission and we are excited to go. We want to help the people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan provinces in any way we can. I have served as Bishop, counselor in the Bishopric, mission leader, finance clerk, membership clerk, and statistical clerk. I have also taught the youth and children in our congregation. Most recently I served as a leader with the High Priests. Even though I have served in several church positions, my faith comes from reading, studying, attending Church and praying. I have faith in Jesus Christ. I try to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have tried to keep the commandments. I am not perfect, but I do try to be good. I have a testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that Joseph Smith is a prophet and the Book of Mormon is true. The Spirit has testified this truth to me. I have read the Book of Mormon, I have attended Church regularly, I have prayed to Heavenly Father.