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Hi I'm Stu

I'm a happy husband, a father of six amazing children, a runner, a die-hard ultimate frisbee player and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and raised in the mountains and valleys of the western United States so I love to be outside. I am the father of six wonderful children, and am married to my sweetheart of many years. I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Professionally I work in the field of Organizational Development which means I help individuals and groups become as effective as they can be. I have a graduate degree in Organizational Behavior. Yes, I do appreciate order and logic, but I also enjoy the unpredictable and uncontrollable beauty of the natural world. As the father of six wonderful and capable children sometimes I get asked if my profession helps with raising a large family. I think it helps, but I also believe rearing a family is far more difficult and rewarding than anything I do professionally. My wife also enjoys the outdoors, so our definition of a perfect day would be when we can be together as a family doing something outside!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a strong family which gave me a solid foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. When I turned 19, I served two years as a full-time missionary in North Carolina where I taught other people about the Savior and his restored church and learned much from the faith and example of the wonderful people of the South. My faith in Jesus Christ and the truths contained in His church have always been a core part of my identity. I have received personal, spiritual confirmation many times over that Joseph Smith truly was a modern day prophet and a witness of the resurrected Jesus Christ, and that the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which Joseph Smith translated, is really true. I have found that the Book of Mormon and the Bible reinforce and strengthen each other and that together they not only teach me about my eternal identity, but also how to raise six kids in a modern world. But, more than anything else, the reason I’m a Mormon is because when I live like a Mormon it makes me happy! Some may see the standards of the church as constraining, outdated, unnecessarily rigid and restrictive, but I have found that real joy, real freedom, and my deepest fulfillment in life come when I strive to be as Christlike as I can. I believe this striving will be a lifelong endeavor, and continue even after we die, that life is a school where we are challenged and tested, but that through faith and endurance, we can grow stronger and stronger and be filled with more and more light until the "perfect day" when we can return to the presence of our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ with our families!

How I live my faith

I have often heard it said that Mormonism is not a religion, it’s a lifestyle. I couldn't agree more! But, I can’t imagine a church which claims to be the original church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth through angels not being something more than a one hour weekend commitment. No, it is a lifestyle, and the more I live it, the happier I am. Since the church operates with a lay ministry, over the years I've had the opportunity to serve in many different capacities. I was a full-time missionary for two years. I've taught classes to children, youth and adults. I've been a choir director. I've helped lead small and large groups of youth through events ranging from multi-day conferences to one hour activities. I've also served in various leadership capacities in the church overseeing congregations of various sizes and demographics. Although it can be very time consuming, I have learned more about what it means to be a successful organization from my service in the church than anything I've learned professionally. And the relationships I have gained with other members of the church and the communities where I've lived are priceless. But beyond what I have done outwardly to live my faith, more importantly is what I do every day inwardly to live my faith. I have a hard time expressing in words how much peace, confidence, insight, direction, stability and joy I feel as I pray, as I read the scriptures, and as I seek to hear the quiet whispering of the Holy Spirit in my life. I am so thankful for these truths!

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Stu
When I consider the many teachings of the church, the beautiful idea that I can be with my wife and children for eternity, is one of the most comforting. Some people may say, "I don't know if I want to be with someone else that long." I can understand how people might say that given some of the strained family relations in the world. But, I believe God our Heavenly Father would never force us to be with someone we don't want to be with. When I think about life after death, I find incredible peace when I think of the prospect of seeing whatever lies beyond, not alone, but with my wife, my closest and dearest friend!  Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Stu
That's an interesting question... First, we believe this church is literally the same church Jesus Christ organized when he was on the earth. However, we believe it was restored rather than started in 1830. Hence the name the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints differentiates it from the church in the time of Christ. We believe that in 1820 a 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith Jr., was visited by the ressurected Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father in response to a sincere petition to know which church to join. Over the next 10 years he was visited by other heavenly messengers who instructed him and helped him prepare to re-establish the church on the earth. The church was officially organized in up-state New York on April 6, 1830 with 6 original members. Today, the church can be found throughout the world with a global membership of almost 13 million members. As I contemplate the audacious claims that this church was restored through angels appearing to modern day prophets and is currently lead by living prophets and apostles, I can only imagine the scepticism in people's minds. But then I think, if I really believe the Bible to be true which I do, then why wouldn't God call prophets in our day? I believe he has and he does! Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Stu
Yes! We believe that Heavenly Father has followed this pattern throughout time, and that if there were ever a time when the earth would need a prophet, it's today. Every 6 months, the entire worldwide church comes together for a two day conference to listen to the prophet and our other general leaders of the church. The conference is broadcast via satellite, the internet and other forms of modern communications in over 90 languages around the world. But, these are leaders who are real people, who come from all walks of life, have had professional lives and understand what it means to raise families, and to face the difficulties of life. The best way to decide for yourself if what the prophet or any of the other church leaders say is true is to listen not only to the words that are spoken, but also listen for the confirmation of the Holy Ghost as he speaks to your heart. I have felt that confirmation many times and know that we are indeed blessed, as much as the Israelites of old, or the primitive church after Christ's resurrection to be lead by living prophets and apostles. Show more Show less