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Hi I'm Silas

I grew up in Monticello, Utah, USA. It's still a little place. I like to travel, so for me it's a starting point. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have four boys. They are now grown up and married. We now have twenty grandchildren. When we have a family gathering, it is a noisy and happy time. I have an associates degree as Administrative Assistant. I have a bachelor degree in Business Administration. I have always worked for large corporations with international sub-units. My hobbies include playing the piano (sometimes they ask me to play in church). Another hobby is knitting. I have knitted scarves for the boys and their wives (among other articles).

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Mormon church (now deceased). All four of my grandparents were members. All eight of my great-grandparents were members. Because I was born into the church, I don't have a moment that I can point to and say that is where my testimony started. Recently I heard someone say that one's testimony of the gospel can be compared to a rope. To me that comparison is is like my testimony--it is made up of lots of little experiences and they are all wound together to become strong.

How I live my faith

The most outward evidence of my faith is that I attend church every Sunday. In our family we like to travel and even when visiting other locations, we look up where and when church services will be held. An example is that in January Susan and I took cruise that stopped in Costa Rica on Sunday. We found on the internet where the church was and took a taxi from the ship to church. When we arrived at the building, there were other people from the ship also looking forward to spiritual experience.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

To me it is important to know what happens to the money that I contribute. Where the money ends up is an indicator of motives on the part of the leaders. Most of the people involved in day-to-day activities at the local level for the church are not compensated monetarily. There are employees at church headquarters that are paid for their efforts and officers at the highest levels receive some remuneration (however not as much as similar positions in the corporate world). Show more Show less