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Hi I'm Will

I have Jewish ancestry. I still enjoy celebrating the Passover and Hanukkah. My wife and I have 7 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mom was Jewish (Hebrew school and all) before she and my dad joined the church. We celebrated all of the Christian holidays as well as major Jewish festivals. I grew up enjoying matzah ball soup, blintzes, latkas, and chocolate covered raspberry sticks. My wife and I have 7 fabulous kids. They enjoy feeling connected with their Jewish ancestry by celebrating Passover and Hanukkah including the delicious food. They enjoy decorating dreidels and eating gelt (chocolate coins) for Hanukkah. We also celebrate Easter and Christmas. To me, my Jewish ancestry and Mormon beliefs tie together like the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. As we teach our children, the Passover celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from captivity and the Hebrew prayers speak of a deliverer or Messiah. Much of the symbolism of the ceremony, including the Passover lamb, point to Jesus Christ. Even though as Mormons we recognize there is no requirement for us to keep the Passover, our family likes to remember our ancestors and celebrate the fulfillment of prophecy, the promises that God has made to the children of Israel, and the need that we all have for a deliverer to deliver us from death and sin. What else is notable about me? I am a big fan of the Denver Broncos and I wake up very early on Monday mornings to watch the football games. I do this to better keep the Sabbath day holy and keep my thoughts focused on the Savior on Sundays. I am a web art director and design web pages professionally.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, my youngest sister died in a tragic accident as a young child. Her death was very hard on our family and led to my parents getting a divorce and tearing our family apart. Her death and my parent's divorce caused me to question many things, but I could never except that I would never see her again. Something deep inside of me insisted that we could be reunited again. Family is very important to me. I love my wife and children and never want to be separated from them. The gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that families can be together forever. The entire purpose for us being on this earth has to do with families. God, our Heavenly Father, sent us to this earth so we could receive earthy bodies, be born into families, and learn lessons on this earth so we can become more like him. We believe that in sacred temples built by the church throughout the world that families can be sealed together for all eternity. Our family is looking forward to the temple that has been announced and will be built in Fort Collins, Colorado, less than a half an hour from our house. We look forward to going to the temple together to do saving ordinances for ancestors who died without knowledge of the Savior Jesus Christ. This will allow our family to be an eternal family with all of our cherished ancestors. I believe in the power of personal revelation. I believe that we have a loving Father in Heaven who longs to answer our heartfelt prayers. I have prayed about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith as a latter-day prophet, and the Church's teachings on eternal families. I have received a personal witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that these principles are true. I know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and desires for my happiness. I have experienced a further witness of the blessings that being a Mormon has been in my life as I strive to live the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Each day I try to do my best to live my beliefs. I enjoy having the opportunities to serve others. I am a Scoutmaster in Boy Scouts and enjoy going on wilderness adventures with youth. I also teach youth on Sundays. As a father and youth leader I believe that we have a solemn responsibility to guide children to discover their missions here on earth. I try to share the lessons I have learned through both happy and trying experiences to help them find their own path, their own beliefs. I also look for opportunities to teach leadership skills and provide youth opportunities to be leaders. I find my life quite fulfilling.