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Hi I'm Craig

I grew up in Murray, Utah. I started a technology resource center helping children and adults with disabilities. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to a beautiful and talented girl for over 40 years. We have five children (2 girls and 3 boys) and 13 wonderful grand children. After graduating from college, I enjoyed teaching 5th grade students for several years and gradually moved into teaching children with disabilities. I eventually helped start an assistive technology center serving children and adults with disabilities. It was a rewarding and satisfying career. As a retired educator, I now work part-time at a local ski resort and enjoy downhill skiing, especially when I can ski with my wife, children and grandkids. In the summer I love to paddle my canoe around high mountain lakes and catch a fish or two. I also enjoy hiking, mountain biking and growing tomatoes in my vegetable garden. I walk to stay in good health, usually covering 15-20 miles per week. These walks give me time to think, plan for the future and consider the blessings generously given to me by God, our Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were active Mormons when I was born. I grew up attending LDS Church meetings and participating in church parties and socials. When I was twelve years old, I joined our Mormon Church sponsored scout troop where my leaders took me camping, hiking and taught me to enjoy the outdoors and achieve goals like becoming an Eagle Scout. I loved being with my scout leaders and was greatly blessed by their volunteer service. But even though I grew up as an active Mormon, there came a time when I needed to decided for myself if I was really committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was 19 years old, the age when young men became eligible for full-time Mormon missionary service, I had to decide if I had enough faith in the things I had been taught as a youth to commit to two years of church service. Was I ready to leave college, home and family to tell others how the LDS faith had blessed my life? Could I look people in the eye and tell them that following the teachings of Jesus Christ would bring them joy and peace? I thought about it long and hard. I read scriptures and prayed for direction. My local bishop counseled with me. Acting in faith, I decided to serve as a missionary. Soon afterward, I received a comforting and peaceful assurance from the Holy Ghost that my decision to serve a mission was what God wanted me to do. That decision has been one that changed my life. As I taught people about Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and modern apostles and prophets, my faith also grew to the point that I knew the teachings of the Mormon Church were true. The gospel has helped me be a more honest and upright person. I am a better husband, father and neighbor because I have strived to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am happy and at peace! I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and I love Him for his kindness and willingness to lay down his life for me, and for all the people of this earth.

How I live my faith

I enjoy worshiping on Sundays with my family and neighbors at a chapel where we can receive the Sacrament and remember the life of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice in our behalf. I visit the homes of two other families on a monthly basis to check on their health and safety and offer service if they need help with snow removal or yard work. I attend a nearby LDS temple to meditate and learn more about God's plan for me. I am occasionally invited to teach a gospel lesson to other adult men in our congregation and appreciate the opportunity to study the scriptures in preparation for these teaching experiences. I am currently preparing for full-time church missionary service and anticipate leaving the USA for 18 months to serve the people in the island continent of Australia. It will be a challenge to leave the comforts of home and the frequent association with close family members, but I am confident that it will be rewarding to serve and teach people about Jesus Christ during this mission.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Craig
I grew up in a family with 6 children. Two of us served as missionaries when we were young. But all of my brothers and sisters are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have a sister who served a mission with her husband after they retired from their full-time employment. Others will follow that pattern and serve a mission once they have retired. I am currently preparing to serve an 18 month mission with my wife. Show more Show less