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Hi I'm Wes

I'm a father and husband. I'm a creator. I'm an outdoorsman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of five awesome children. My oldest has cerebral palsy and a siezure disorder. Though it is a ton of work, he is a joy to serve. We try to include him in all that we do and it is a humbling experience finding ways to make life work for him. Each one of my children is unique and talented in their own way. I love hanging out with them. I grew up in the open woods of the midwest and developed a love and respect for nature. Some of my best memories from childhood are going hunting and fishing with my dad and grandpa. I love to camp and I take my family out as often as we can. It is so easy to see Heavenly Father's miracles when you are on the side of a mountain overlooking a beautiful canyon. When we are at home, we spend a lot of time in the garage and outside. Sometimes we're working on the car, sometimes throwing a ball, and sometimes just tinkering. I love to create things. If there is some cool gadget we see that we think might make life a little easier, I try to make it. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it's a disaster. It's usually fun either way.

Why I am a Mormon

After high school, while attending college, I came to realize that there was much more to life than I had ever really thought about. Maybe it was the security of being a kid with parents to answer to that never gave my mind opportunity to think beyond the walls of my home and community. I don't know, but for some reason the world seemed like a much larger place. I had always gone to church, but now felt somewhat uncomfortable with the strength of my faith. I always knew Jesus Christ was my Savior, but I didn't feel like I knew Him. It impressed me deeply when, one by one, my friends left their families, friends, and life, pretty much, for two years to serve a mission. That was the kind of faith that I desired to have. I began to investigate what their beliefs were and compare them to my own. I began reading the Book of Mormon. I can remember the first time I ever read from it. It felt like home. I felt an inner peace that wasn't common for me, yet felt like an old pair of jeans that I wear every day. I met with the missionaries to learn more. I had questions about who I was and who God was and the purposes of life. Through our meetings, study of the scriptures, and prayer, the Holy Ghost witnessed to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truely Christ's church and that it had been restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church has helped me to live more like the Savior. After I was baptized I determined that I, like my friends, would serve a mission. I have had the opportunity to serve in many different capacities over the years from organizing sunday school, to helping with the day to day needs of my neighbors, to working with the youth. Working with the youth is where most of my time has been spent. I have worked with the young men in the Boy Scouts, as well as helping them understand and fullfill their responsibilities as young priesthood holders. It's not just about serving in the church, though. I think that living my faith is about following the prophet. It's about making good choices on a daily basis. It's about having the right attitude. It's about being in the right places, doing the right things. Life is not always easy, but it's a lot easier when you minimize temptation and pain by chosing the right. I try to be honest in everything that I do. I try to work hard and do the best that I can in any situation. I try to have integrity. I try to live so that when people see me I remind them of the Savior in some little way.