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Hi I'm Lane

I 'm a financial planner. I'm a family man and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have had some wonderful and adventurous experiences along with my wife and our five children over the past 23 years. Most recently, over the past year we embarked on a long time dream of living in a foreign country and having a cultural experience with our kids. We moved from Gilbert, Arizona to Ometepe island in Nicaragua and then to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We have learned enough Spanish to get by reasonably well at least my wife and kids have, I’m a few steps behind, and we have fallen in love with the local people. It has been a wonderful adventure filled with memories and it will be with mixed emotion when the time comes for us to return home. My life revolves around my family and I would not want it any other way. My oldest son recently returned from serving as a full-time missionary for two years in St. Louis, MO. And my oldest daughter has started her second year at Brigham Young University. It's hard to believe how fast time flies. It seems like yesterday that I was returning home from serving my mission as a young man and shortly thereafter meeting a beautiful young lady that became my wife and started our family. It just keeps getting better as I realize that I will be a grandfather in the coming years. I am unbelievably grateful for where the gospel path has led me. And I look forward to where it will yet take me.  

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, a Latter-Day Saint, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I believe with all my heart that the Lord Jesus Christ himself has re-established His church once again to the earth in its fullness. He has again called and authorized apostles and prophets in our day. It is a miracle on a grand scale, it is amazing, and it is real! I have often thought of how great it would be to be able to go back in time and sit down and listen to the teachings of Peter, James, and John or the apostle Paul in person. But now once again we have living apostles among us to teach, to lead, and to guide with power and authority directly from the Lord, extending an invitation to all people of the earth to come unto Christ and to partake of the rich blessings that only He can offer. It is truly good news! 

How I live my faith

The Lord desires for us to make covenants with Him in this life beginning with the baptismal covenant. A covenant is a two way promise or agreement. When we have a covenant relationship with the Lord, both parties are under obligation to the terms of the agreement. The Lord’s terms are easy and his burden is light. He requires a broken heart and a contrite spirit. He stands at the door and knocks but it is up to us to open the door and invite Him into our life. So how do I live my faith? Imperfectly, but day by day my faith is interwoven into every aspect of my life. It really is my life. I have a covenant relationship with the Lord that I take very seriously. I pray often individually and with my family. The love that I feel and the spirit of the Lord in my life is a great gift. However, I am in need of daily repentance. I often make foolish mistakes and allow myself to get selfish or prideful. I seek the Lord’s forgiveness often and He is merciful and quick to forgive if I humble myself before him.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Lane
Faith really is not faith if it does not lead us to action. So it stands to reason that if we want to increase our faith we need to take more action. But what type of action? We can begin by studying His words and the words of His prophets and apostles. We can get on our knees in humble prayer and seek for greater understanding and faith. We then must take the action to “Do” the will of the Lord. In John 717 the Lord gave a promise. He said “”If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God”. He requires us to take a small leap of faith and “Do” His will before we really “know” the truth of the doctrine. Before we can increase our faith in Christ and in the restoration of His gospel to the earth in these latter-days, we must first start with a sincere desire to know if it is true or not. Did the Father and the Son really appear to the 14 year old boy prophet Joseph Smith in 1820? Is the Book of Mormon really another testament of Jesus Christ? What about ministering angels? Have these amazing miracles really transpired? If we have the desire to know, then that can turn to hope, and if we have hope in Christ it will lead us to exercise faith and to take action. And if we take sincere action the Lord has promised that “ If ye seek ye shall find”.   Show more Show less