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Hi I'm Arlin

I love my family, I really like Scouting and I enjoy sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo, Utah, but my family moved to southern California when I was three years old. I had a wonderful childhood. I played sports, was active in the Boy Scouts, went to the beach and hung out with my friends. I also did beekeeping as a hobby. I grew up near the place where the rockets for the Apollo space program where tested. I remember hearing the rumble of the engines and seeing an orange glow in the sky over the foothills near my home. My dad was a carpenter and I used to go with him to various job sites and help him build homes. It was a great learning experience for me. After high school I went to two years of college and then on a mission to Austria for the LDS church. I was asked to proselyte among people from the former Yugoslavia who were living in Austria as guest workers. Therefore, I needed to learn two languages: German and Serbo-croatian. I got pretty good at both languages for a while, but I have forgotten a lot. I want to re-educate myself and get better at both languages again. After my mission I finished my undergraduate degree. I then went on to graduate school to study business and law. My first job after graduate school as working as a contracts administrator for an aerospace company on the B-1 bomber program. I currently practice estate planning and business law in southern California. I have a wonderful wife and four great children. Family life is my greatest blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into Mormon family. My mom, on both sides of her family, had ancestors who came across the plains with the Mormon pioneers. My dad also had some pioneer ancestors on his mother's side, but there were no Mormons on his father's side. In fact, my dad was kind of a convert to the Mormon church in that he was not baptized until his teenage years. He became active in the Church through the sports program. He loved to play basketball and the Church members invited him to play on the local Church team. Near the end of my dad's high school years, one of the Church members asked him whether he had ever thought about going on a mission for the Mormon church. He said that he really hadn't given it much thought, but that he would think about it. After a while he decided to go. He served a mission in western Canada. I remember him telling me what a wonderful experience that was for him. I myself always had a belief in the teachings of the Mormon church, mostly, I guess, because I admired my parents and others who had the same beliefs. But as I became an adult, I decided that I really needed to know for myself. Do I really know that Joseph Smith re-established Christ's church as it had existed in ancient times? Do I really know that the Book of Mormon is scripture just like the Bible? I began to think about these questions and pray that God would help me to know. One day I was standing in a Church meeting and the congregation began singing the hymn "Praise to the Man." As we sang the second verse and then the chorus, I unexpectedly felt this surge in my chest and then a warm feeling came over me. The thought came into my mind that Joseph Smith really did see God and Jesus Christ. Tears came to my eyes. The Holy Ghost had just given me a witenss. That experience has been a source of strength to me throughout my life, especially in times of great difficulty and challenge. God knows me and is anxious to help me in my life.

How I live my faith

Living my faith means trying to be a better person everyday, trying to find good in the world and trying to serve others. I have really enjoyed working with young people throughout my life. I have especially enjoyed coaching my children's athletic teams (my favorite was basketball). I have also enjoyed working as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America ("BSA"). The BSA is a special organization to me. It's one of the few organizations still in existence which teaches young people patriotism, self-reliance, service to others and reverence for God. And besides that, it's really fun! As a youth I had a great experience in Scouting. I always looked forward to the camping and backpacking trips. I enjoyed the merit badge work because it introduced me to areas of life that I might not otherwise have encountered. I took up the hobby of beekeeping after earning the Beekeeping merit badge. I also learning about dairy farming through the Animal Husbandry merit badge even though I lived in the middle of Los Angeles. I was fortunate to be able to attend a World Scout Jamboree in Japan when I was 15 years old. This was a life changing experience for me because I was able to meet Scouts from all over the world. I earned my Eagle rank and made a commitment to give back to my community through Scouting. I have served in various capacities, most recently as a Scoutmaster for seven years. I enjoy working with young Scouts in helping them discover new and exciting things and recognize their potential. The greatest satisfaction for me through this service in Scouting is seeing a timid, shy 11 year old boy emerge as a strong, confident leader of men at age 18. I'm so grateful that Scouting is the chosen activity for young men in the Mormon church. The principles of Scouting, as contained in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law, mirror the principles contained in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My participation in Scouting has heped me to be a more complete person of faith.