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Hi I'm Warren

I'm a Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Software Engineer and all around alpha-geek. I live in Kansas with my wife and teenage son. During my lifetime, I have lived in California, Montana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Missouri, and Virginia and have been able to travel to most of the US states and Canadian provinces. The only travel I have done outside of North America was a trip to see a relative in England a few years ago. I enjoy building and using technology. I also enjoy woodworking and building things in my garage. I like most kinds of music, but usually listen to Country while commuting back and forth to work. While at work, listening to classical movie Soundtracks helps get me in "the zone" while I am writing computer programs. I enjoy the sound of the turbocharged diesel engine in my pickup and there is something therapeutic about driving it. My favorite genre of movies and television is Thrillers and Science Fiction, but I enjoy a good tear-jerker so long as I get to watch it with my sweet wife. I enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing, biking, target shooting, and amateur photography. I'm not much of a sports fan, but I do like to play racquetball when I can find a court. My family and I enjoy exploring the area in which we live. We often go on what we call "picture hunting" trips and play an inexpensive game we call "where does that road go?"

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was only a year old and I had the good fortune of growing up in the church. Still, I had to gain a knowledge of the truthfulness of the restored gospel for myself. When I was 19, I served as a full-time missionary for the church. Before I could, in good conscience, proclaim to the world that the church was true, I needed to really know for myself. I gained that knowledge in much the same way as anyone who is investigating the church. I read the Book of Mormon. I prayed. I asked to know if it was true and my prayers were answered. It is impossible to completely and accurately describe the feelings and impressions that I received. I felt a contentment, comfort, and peace that I had never felt before. I just knew that the things I had been taught throughout my childhood were, in fact, true.

How I live my faith

I attend church each Sunday with my family and try to do my duty as a Father, Husband, and Priesthood holder in the church. I currently serve as the secretary for my Priesthood Quorum. In the past, I have served as a full-time missionary, a Priesthood leader, and a teacher for children, youth, and adults. I enjoy the outdoors and have served as Scoutmaster several times. I have served as the missionary leader for my congregation and enjoyed that very much. Each month, my teenage son and I visit several other church families that we have been asked to watch out for. We both enjoy that experience and try to be diligent in the fulfillment of that assignment. Living my faith can be challenging in my workplace. It seems that people of faith are an extreme minority among logical thinkers. I am often overcome with gratitude that Father in Heaven sent me to the family he did, where my parents would raise me in the restored church of Jesus Christ, where I was taught simple principles that made sense and doctrine that explained in very logical ways the plan that Heavenly Father had for me and the divine potential that I had. When I see people in my profession paint all religions and all religious people with the same brush, I am saddened that their cynicism may prevent them from receiving the truth when it is presented to them. It also motivates me to be a better example and to cultivate the relationships necessary to share what I know about the purpose of life and allow the Holy Spirit to work through me to touch the lives of those I work with. I know that I have a long way to go to be the example that I want to be and that Heavenly Father knows I can be. In the meantime, I have faith that my Savior Jesus Christ will make up the difference between my meager ability and the strength required to knock down the intellectual walls that keep so many from the truths that will transform their lives and the lives of their families.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Warren
We believe in the Bible because it contains the writings of prophets of God and because the Holy Spirit witnesses to us that the principles it contains are true. When we live those principles and they help us lead more productive, rewarding, and happier lives, that belief gets transformed into knowledge.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Warren
 We believe that every person who has ever lived on this earth is a spiritual son or daughter of God. As such, we are all brothers and sisters and should treat each other as family. Proselyting as a missionary is one of the ways we do that. We have found something that brings fulfillment and joy to our lives and we want to share that with those that are important to us. As members of our family, every child of God is important to us. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Warren
Purification of our society begins with each individual. So long as we, as individuals, privately consume pornography while publicly denouncing it, its devastating effects on our lives, the lives of our families, and its contribution to the degeneration of our society will continue and will, over time, destroy us all. We need to cleanse the inner vessel. With no consumers left for their product, those who peddle pornography will be forced to make a living some other way. Hopefully, they to will be able to experience the blessings and joy that come from living a virtuous life. I believe the answer to pornography lies in legislation that focuses on the strengthening of marriages and families, while researching, recognizing, and widely publicizing the devastating effects that pornography has on the fabric of our society. Educate the people and let them make informed and inspired choices. This has worked for other addictive behaviors like smoking, alcoholism, and drug addiction. Granted, those are still problems in our society, but as far as I know they are on the decline. Are they on the decline because more and more people are turning to the far more available and lethal drug of pornography? I don't know. I hope not. However, we need to find out. These issues need to be brought out in the light and examined with all the rigor we can muster. The integrity of our families, society, nation, and ultimately the human race depends on it. Show more Show less