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Hi I'm Luke

I'm a husband, a father, and a judge. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important thing about me is that I'm a husband and a father of four; and I love spending time with my family. I'm a native of Western Colorado and love the natural beauty that abounds there. I enjoy hiking and playing golf. One thing from my "bucket list" is to hike the Colorado 14ers. Professionally, after working as a lawyer for 15 years I was appointed as a judge with the Social Security Administration; so now, I'm a judge. My appointment brought my family to Michigan. Our move to Michigan brought many changes. We gave up the mild weather, mountains, and higher elevation of Colorado; but we gained beautiful lakes and gorgeous seasons (the Fall colors are brilliant here) of Michigan. We have fallen in love with the sport of Paddle Boarding. What hasn't changed is our family; if anything, I think the move brought us closer, we are enjoying this opportunity to explore western Michigan together. I love my work. It gives me an opportunity to serve the public, which I appreciate. I meet new people from our community almost daily, and I hope that our encounter is a positive one for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but since then I have learned for myself that I am a child of God, that Jesus is the Christ and that they love me and have a plan for me. I continue to be a Mormon because I have gained my own testimony that the principles and teachings espoused by this Church are true. We are taught that we have a Heavenly Father who knows us and loves us. We are taught that His son, Jesus Christ, came to earth and lived, and died, for us; so that we can overcome mortality to return to heavenly glory with our Father in Heaven. We are taught to be kind and love and cherish our families. I love the emphasis on families and how it gives my wife and me tools to help raise our children and to be happy as a family. I continue to be a Mormon because I've seen how the Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life, the lives of my families, and the lives of my friends. It has been a miracle.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in the priorities I make and the actions I take. To me, my faith centers on my family and extends to the way I treat others. I love my family. My faith assures me that my family can be together forever. With this knowledge, I know that my wife and beautiful children are children of our Father in Heaven, as such I strive to treat them with the care, love, and respect they are due. Because I know this to be true about my own family, my religion tells me that everyone I come in contact with deserves to be treated with respect and compassion because they too are the creations of our Heavenly Father. Accordingly, I strive to treat those I come in contact with with respect and kindness. I try to approach my job understanding the role of a public servant and with the intent to treat every person who comes before me the same way I would want my family treated; hoping that regardless of whether they agree with my decision they feel as though they have been treated with respect and compassion.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Definitely not. On a world wide scale, the church often sends humanitarian aid to areas in need, such as Hurricane Katrina or Haiti. On a more local level, my congregation is very focused on getting out into the community to help where needed. The most recent example is our involvement with the local "Relay for Life" sponsored by the American Cancer Society. We took on the job of organizing set-up, security, and tear down, it a huge project, but very exciting. And on an even smaller level, as a bishop, I help any individual, as appropriate, with specific temporal needs, as necessary. Show more Show less