Life has been an astonishing teacher and has brought about remarkable experiences while shaping me to be a far better person; on how to be more tender and loyal friend, to be a good listener and life coach to my nieces and nephews, to more deeply honor and cherish my parents, to laugh more and enjoy my brothers and friendships, not to take life too serious, certainly have a sense of humor about myself, and stretching myself to love more profoundly and be more affectionate and passionate. Just as I thought I had it figured out, every good woman has shown me that its not just about what I have learned and done, but most importantly what I have become, and so this expedition continues. I have had my share of bumps and bruises along the way, nevertheless it%u2019s been a good journey so far.
Being a hard worker has been a solid character strength for me; From rewarding career decisions, strapping on tool belts as the neighborhood handyman with cars, home and yard, to doing my part with household chores, dabbling in cooking meals, to being the kind of provider and partner that is committed to being an overachiever at meeting the necessities of life and for a family.
The Gospel is what defines my ambitions, my aspiration, values, beliefs, my desires, and the guiding source to my character. It is my strength and joy. It is at the center at what I have become and what Heavenly Father knows what I can be. It truly defines who I am, it is my every breath and the hope that is in me in how I am passionate about life and family.
And its the only game in town to finding and achieving happiness, no matter what life throws at you or clumsy choices we make.
I am enthralled about the outdoors and being active; from camp fires, hiking, camping, walks on the beach, tearing up trails on the mountain bike, playing ball with the Elders Quorum, eye-spying wildlife, and staring at the distant stars, and even indulging in flower and vegetable gardening.
Being a part of the Big Brother program and reading to the children and the Ronald McDonald House.
From one moment splitting wood, the next indulging a Broadway show, at times wrestling in the grass with neighbor kids, slowing down to shed a few tears over a general conference talk, to give up personal interests and time to help neighbors.
Yes, it is true I have an abundance of energy and a certain will that is aimed at enjoying and experiencing life as best I can, along with a box of band-aids for the bumps and bruises along the way.