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Hi I'm Adam

I'm a Dad of 6. I'm a Husband. I ride a motorcycle. I love running and spending time with my kids. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad with 5 sons and 1 daughter. My oldest son is 23 and currently serving as a missionary in the New Mexico, Farmington mission. I've been married for 23 years. I enjoy camping and hiking with my family. I love to geocache when I get time. I exercise constantly, have turned into something of a distance runner in the last 2 years. I lost nearly 100 pounds 2 years ago, and continue to maintain my weight now. I work as a a Software Test Manager, and have done so for 15 years. Prior to that, I worked in Nuclear Health Physics. We homeschool our kids, as we are concerned about some of the negative influences in public schools. To offset this, we keep our kids socializing with their peer groups in more positive environments, such as scouting, youth sports, dance, and they have regular play dates with other kids. I travelled constantly as a youth and a young adult, and travel is one of my favorite things. I went to 18 schools before graduating High School. I've lived in 16 states, and spent 3 months with my family in China.

Why I am a Mormon

I had many brushes with the church growing up. My parents were divorced when I was 8, and my father remarried a women from Idaho. She wasn't a member, but her father and step mother were. I met a girl in high school, and being around her family made me want to have a home life like theirs. I had always been searching for answers, and I was an active participant in church youth groups in Baptist and Episcopalian churches growing up. I spent most of my childhood with my father. I stopped to see my mother and brothers on the way to college, only to discover that they had all joined the church a couple years prior. After seeing my mom and brothers, I started actively investigating the church, and I found answers to questions that I had never been able to answer before. The restored gospel made so much sense to me; things aligned, and god wasn't some nebulous unknowable thing, but approachable and benevolent and loving; that he has a physical body, that the heavens aren't closed, and that he speaks to us today as he has always done; that what we do in this life matters; that there is a purpose for us being here, and that we can return to live with that Heavenly Father someday.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the 1st counselor in the bishopric of my ward. I conduct our Sunday services every 3rd month, and make speaking assignments, coordinate youth activities, and many other things that keep the ward running. But I've served in many ways. The 4 years prior I was a leader in the men's organization of the church (the elders quorum). Before that I served in the young men's program working with the youth. Before that I served as an instructor and sunday school teacher, scouting leader, etc. My wife and I hope that through our service example we are teaching our kids to be of service to others. I do my best to be honest in all my dealings with others, especially in my work. I find that this resonates with those around me, and they see that I am different, and that I live my life by a code of conduct that is appreciated.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Adam
Charity. Showing unconditional love to all men. Showing kindness even - especially! - to those who aren't kind to you. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Adam
We dress in "Sunday Best". Sunday is a different day, and we should approach it with reverence and respect. Putting on my suit and tie helps remind me that this is the Lord's day, and that I am resting from my normal labors, but not from the Lord's work. We Celebrate Christmas and Easter, as does all of Christendom. We also celebrate our nation's birth and other national holidays because we believe that the founding fathers of this country were inspired of God to help bring forth the restoration of the gospel, and to help establish a country where freedom was the law of the land. Freedom is an important principal in God's plan, as well as our nation's, and so we proudly celebrate our national holidays. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Adam
Mormons live by a standard called the word of wisdom. In this passage, it describes things that we both should and should not eat or drink. Each day we have here on this earth is a blessing in many ways; most importantly, we can be a blessing to those around us. But we can fulfull this purpose only if we are able to take care of our own needs. By being physically fit, we allow ourselves the opportunity to be of greater service to those around us. I recently was able to lose nearly 100 pounds recently, and I believe that it is no coincedence that I was called into a leadership position once my own body was in a better place to serve others. Also, our bodies are the home for our spirit. They work together. I believe that our bodies can hold us back from feeling the Holy Spirit in our lives if we don't take care of them. Finall, our body can distract us from being able to focus on the eternal because the immediate needs of the body are too overwhelming. Learning to control our physical nature is one of the reasons why we fast each month. Show more Show less