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Hi I'm Quin

I'm a Husband, a Father, Grandfather, Veterinarian, a Christmas Tree Farmer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah Valley. I served a 2 year LDS mission in Japan and one year later I married my beautiful wife Cindy and we are the parents of 6 wonderful children. I graduated from college and entered Veterinary School the same year. Upon receiving my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine I took a job in California. We returned to Oregon to be near family one year later and after a few years I started my own Veterinary Hospital. I have been blessed to be able to teach, learn, camp, and serve with the wonderful youth of the church. Church service has brought great blessings into my life. I currently serve as the Bishop of my ward.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a home where the Gospel of Jesus Christ was taught and lived 24/7. My parents were raised in similar homes and so were their parents. It was my great great grandparents who heard the gospel preached by Mormon Missionaries in Denmark and Wales. They were so moved that they sacrificed much to embrace it and join with the members of the growing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint in America. One of those grandfathers said that he heard that there were to be missionaries from America preaching a sermon in his church on Sunday. He arrived to find no room to sit but just stood outside on the step. When he heard the prayer offered to open the meeting he felt powerful witness that these were men of God. He invited them to his home and they conversed all night. He believed what they taught and was baptized in a frozen steam the next day. These men and women, my beloved ancestors, were truth seekers. They were pioneers of faith and courage. They sought for personal revelation from God and received it. I am blessed by their examples. But my belief and conviction are my own. I remember one specific Sunday afternoon, walking home from church, thinking and pondering on my own testimony. Did I have one? Why did I believe? Was this even real or just the tradition of my parents? I remember kicking at rocks and balancing on curbs as I wrestled with these thoughts. Then I remember a thought coming into my mind. It filled my whole body with tingling warmth. "It is true", came over and over into my mind. I have known from that moment that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. That testimony lead me to accept a call from a living prophet to serve a 2 year mission in Japan. There I studied and taught the gospel to people that I came to love very dearly. I felt the power of the Holy Spirit confirm those teachings a thousand times. I saw God work through me opening eyes to hope and joy, softening hearts of stone, bringing peace to troubled minds. I testify that God worked miracles in and through me, using me as His mouth piece, making more of me than I could ever dream. I saw many embrace this restored gospel and make covenant to follow Christ. I saw how it changed and enlivened them. I saw it illuminate souls that were darkened by disbelief, confusion, sorrow, and anger. Through that experience and many more since then my testimony of living prophets, the Book of Mormon, priesthood power and authority, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and the necessity and power of Priesthood Covenants has grown and bloomed. I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life, chastening me, loving me, forgiving me and preparing me to be his disciple. He has blessed me with the most wonderful wife on earth. We have been blessed with children who's spirits are strong and valiant. I love my family and want to be with them eternally. I know there is only one way that can happen. It requires the priesthood power and authority restored through the modern day prophet - Joseph Smith. I am a truth seeker, just like my ancestors. I have found the truth. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The scriptures teach us that we must obey the commandments of God and learn to love and serve others. Daily prayer and scripture study provide the source of strength and courage I need to be obedient, to love others, and to overcome selfishness and temptation. I find myself in near constant conversation with my Father in Heaven each day. That sweet intercourse gives me insight and understanding of His mercy and power and justice. I try to listen to the promptings He gives me through the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. I learn from my wife and children how to be more compassionate and I try to practice that at home, in my profession, and in my church calling. I take my covenant to remember my Savior very seriously and I seek forgiveness and peace through his atoning grace daily.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Quin
All young men, 19 years old, are encouraged to serve a 2 year mission. Our Prophet and President of the Church has reminded us that it is our duty as holders of God's Priesthood. But no one is compelled to serve. In fact it is quite the opposite. We consider it not only our duty but a wonderful privilege to serve a mission for the Lord. Only those who deeply desire to serve and are worthy and prepared to teach, by example first then by word and precept, are called to serve. Young women over 21 are also encouraged to serve if the opportunity presents itself. As a young man I served a mission in Japan. I will forever be grateful for the lessons I learned, the precious relationships that were developed with the wonderful Japanese people, and the burning testimony of the reality of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that was forged deep into my soul as a result of that commitment to duty. Show more Show less