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Hi I'm Adam

My pioneer family went West. My parents came back East. Here I married, multiplied, and became a Psychologist. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My roots are in Utah with pioneer ancestors, but my branches reach back to where the Latter Day Saints began. I was raised in Michigan and Illinois. I uncharacteristically agreed to stretch myself to try my skills as a member of the dance team in the City of Joseph pageant in Nauvoo, Illinois. This was the start of the rest of my life as I met and fell in love with my wife. I served a mission, leaving most of my belongings and a piece of my heart, in the Pampas region of Argentina. I came home to parents and siblings who had moved to Oklahoma, but even more importantly came home to a continuing romance with my Nauvoo queen who would become my eternal companion several months later. She was East-coast to the core. She had roots in the early church establishment in the Roanoke, Virginia area. I left Oklahoma and made Virginia my home too. I considered playing basketball with the SVU Knights but I had left those dreams in my adolescence and traded them for dreams of creating an eternal family and helping others in the deepest way I could think of - Counseling Psychology. I started a 12-year educational journey at Radford University studying Psychology and Spanish, going on to Tennessee Tech to study Counseling, and finishing with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology back where I had started at Radford. I completed a dissertation exploring how psychologists can work with religious leaders to improve rural mental health. Now I work with youth and families in a rural clinic.

Why I am a Mormon

Because the whole truth is found here. Because the Priesthood has been restored. This Priesthood seals families forever. This Priesthood guides prophets today in the direction of the world. I'm a Mormon from heritage, but I stay a Mormon because I know it is the path to happiness and joy in this life and because it will allow me to love my family throughout eternity. I'm a Mormon because I felt the sweet peace and warmth of the Holy Ghost testify to me at an early age that the Lord called Joseph Smith to restore His full gospel to the earth. I felt that same sweet burning in my heart each time I testified of my knowledge and faith in that restoration on my mission. I still feel it when I pray and contemplate the Prophet and his life of dedication to translating the Book of Mormon and bringing the fulness of the gospel to the earth in these times. I know we still have a prophet today to guide us. I'm a Mormon because it's true!

How I live my faith

I love the Lord Jesus Christ and am grateful for His church. I manifest my love for Him and faith in His gospel by serving in His church. I've been privileged to labor as a full-time missionary in the Rosario Argentina mission. This was a highlight of my life, probably a highlight of my eternal existence in fact. I will forever attribute any religious or professional success to that experience, equally attributed to my wife's love and encouragement of me. I learned and grew into a man on my mission, and then my wife helped mold me into the man I needed to become. I have served in many capacities both before and after my missionary service, but probably the most important was recently having the privilege of leading the primary children in their singing time. I have had the honor of serving several times in missionary leadership positions and I love to help preach the gospel. I know the message we share brings joy, and because I love my neighbor, I desire to share that joy. I've served a few times in Priesthood Quorum leadership and have developed a very strong testimony of the duty we carry as members of the Lord's church and especially as bearers of His Holy Priesthood to lift and love each other as brothers and sisters. I know that as we lose ourselves in service to others, in whatever capacity it may be, we will find our better selves and our more joyful lives. I know that God sent His Son that whosoever believe in Him shall have eternal life. I know that as we exercise faith in Him by following His two great commands to Love Him and Love others, we will be happy now and live with Him in joyful eternity. I love Him because He loved me first. I will love Him by loving my neighbor. I will begin at home with my wife and children, loving them and teaching them to love others also. I believe this is how we change the world and make it heavenly.