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Hi I'm Craig White

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but did not join the Church until I was 25 years old, married with two sons in California.

About Me

I am a retired Chemical Engineer. My wife and I joined the Church over 40 years ago and we have always been actively involved. We have eight wonderful children, 35 grandchildren, and one great grand child on the way. We will be serving in the Chicago West Mission in 2016 and part of 2017. I have had many opportunities to serve in the Church which included being a Scout Master for many years. Since we had five sons it was priceless to spend many nights camping in the Cascades, Canoeing in Canada, and making igloos that we actually slept in. Life in the Church has been wonderful and our family has been blessed immensely.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to a family that was not members of the LDS Church. I attended church with friends and had a good understanding of the Church doctrine by the time I was twelve. My parents got divorced and I went to California where I spent some time with my Uncle Jack and Aunt Rosemary and their family who were Mormons. Seeing their family live the Gospel was eye opening to me and seeing how blessed their family was really impressed me. Twelve years later their son was called to serve a mission in Paraguay-Uruguay. My wife and I were invited to his farewell dinner and I asked my wife not to get into a Biblical debate with their son because I did not want him to be discouraged from going on his mission. My wife had grown-up in the Church of Christ and had a very strong Biblical background. After dinner I realized that contrary to my counsel, my wife was over in the corner with my cousin discussing different verses in the Bible. On the way home I asked her how the discussion went and she said that every time he explained a verse to her the spirit bore witness that it was true. She then began a study of the LDS Church which included reading the Book of Mormon, the Church Restored, and the Marvelous Work and a Wonder. She soon knew that the Church was true and went to a Sacrament meeting and told the Bishop she wanted to be baptized. He told her she would have to have the Missionary Lessons prior to being baptized so the Elders came to our home and began teaching. At the end of the discussions the Elders asked me to pray to receive an answer about the true fullness of what had been taught. That night I knelt down by my bed and imagined Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ hovering over me and began my humble prayer. The still small voice communicated with my spirit that the Church was true, The Book of Mormon was the true word of God, Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and I needed to be baptized. We were baptized the following week.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in many different positions in the Church. Each new calling presented challenges and opportunities that helped me grow spiritually and develop leadership qualities. These leadership opportunities provided me with skill sets that could be utilized in my profession and allowed me to be promoted to managerial responsibilities that I otherwise might not have been prepared for. Since joining the Church over 40 years ago, I have always actively participated in the programs of the Church. I have developed life time and eternal relationships with many members of the Church. I have had the opportunity to teach the gospel to non-members and then baptize and confirm them members of the Church. Recognizing that the Lord can communicate with us through the "Spirit" has made our life complete. Having our family sealed to us for time and all eternity in the temple has changed our perspective relative to the challenges we encounter in this life. I will always be eternally grateful for receiving the revelation that the Church is true, the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that Joseph Smith was the Prophet who the Lord chose to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Earth. Being a member of the Church has brought joy, happiness, and peace to my life.