Growing up on the farm was the best thing that could have happened to me. Being able to work every day of my life taught me so much about the world around me. That hard work is a great answer for everything! Hearing the stories of my Grandpa come out of poverty and live the American dream is something that will always stick with me. Honor, Courage, Integrity, Perseverance, Kindness, Empathy and many more things that I will always be grateful for. The fact that when you look someone in the eye and shake their hand, that's what it means to be a man. Doing what you say, says more about you than anything. Those small lessons that the world is missing out on. I grew up in a small town here in central Utah. Lived in the same house on the same farm my whole life until I got married. My family runs a big sheep operation. I lived there until after I graduated from High School. After I graduated from High School, I traveled to western Canada to serve a mission for my church. After spending my time there I returned home. I feel like that is when this story all really begins. After some extremely peculiar circumstances, I ended up attending school at Snow College here in central Utah. As luck would have it, on the first day of school in the first class of the day, I was a little early to class. As luck would also have it, so was the girl that was to be my wife. I am certain that this was divine intervention. Not yet sure who of us is the lucky one. OK, OK, I definitely got the better end of this deal! We dated for a bit while we both attended school there. We were married later on the next year. Well, you know what happens. Just a month or so after getting married, even with the "proper precautions" my wife got pregnant with our first child, and oh let me tell you how nervous I was. We had done everything right, and yet still this happened. I guess this is just the natural consequence! We were still living with my parents until we could find a place of our own, we were both in school and had very little money coming in. So trust me I know what it feels like. This is for me why I am very Pro-Life. I also believe in having affordable heath insurance so that these things can happen, and assistance if needed! This was the best thing that ever could have happened to me. It changed my plans, that I thought I needed in my life. It was time for me to grow up and do the right thing. The responsible thing. That is just what we did. This child was not a hindrance to life but an amazing blessing! So after our first daughter was born, we settled in and took time off from school. I went back to work at the farm and Amy stayed home with our daughter. When she was big enough, Amy went back to school as often as she could. After a couple years I began to feel the itch again to do something new and useful. So I headed back to school, to Utah Valley University to attend their diesel technician program. I commuted and hour each way to school for 2 years while I continued working full time hours at the farm. This is where I fell in love with the trades and trades schools and really comprehended the need for them in our society today. When my 2 years were nearly up, I was chosen from the top of my class to represent the school in the Skills USA competition in the state of Utah. after winning the competition at the state level I was selected to represent the state of Utah in the Skills USA national competition in Kansas City. What an amazing experience and an eye opener. SO many great and hard working people in love with the jobs they did! Most with little to no student debt and an absolute benefit to this country! I ended up just inside the top 10 at that competition. I never went on to seek a job in mechanics because my passion was not there. During this time I also had more things going on in the background. I had been making custom knives for a few years at that point. I had been traveling the country going to knife shows and showing off my work. Not to mention that my wife was pregnant with our 2nd child and she was born in this time frame as well.... I found that I really enjoyed entrepreneurship and business. So when I was nearing the end of school I realized that a life as a diesel mechanic was not exactly the thing I wanted to do my whole life. I began to work on a plan to open my own business. After a year of working and finding the funding. I finally convinced a bank to loan me the money to open my own Machine/Fabrication shop. To that bank I will be forever grateful for the risk they took on me. It has changed my life. I also see how easy it is for folks to get money, 100's of thousands of dollars to go to school. But it is near impossible to get money to start a business. What I need to make clear here is this. Folks may wonder why.... If I love Agriculture so much, why I spent so much time looking for other things. The truth is I love the Agriculture world! I love everything about it. The problem is, this little world of Ag keeps getting smaller and smaller. The opportunities to make it are not there like they once were. As you may know. So long story short, I always felt that I needed to hedge my bet. Just in case. To not keep myself in that box. More than anything, I never wanted to put limits on what I could do. I hunger for change and for growth, I am not OK with sitting in one place my whole life. Not only that, I feel that most farmers and ranchers are quiet and they mind to themselves. Not many speak out for themselves. I feel like I have been blessed with the gift and ability to bridge that gap. To speak up for those who don't always do it for themselves. When we opened our business, I began to spend most of my time there, but still working on the farm all the while. Because that is what I truly love! The business started out as a small specialty machine shop. Custom cutting and machining for small product runs. I began building a few things for myself. I started making Bits and Spurs. Going back to my roots in horses and the western industry. My business then began to morph into something different. Skyline Bit and Spur has been my business for the last, going on 5 years now. It has been a great experience. Meeting folks and sending products all around the USA and even the world. Australia, Germany, Holland, Denmark and Italy to name a few. It has been a successful small business and the people that I have met in the process are some of my greatest friends!!! While doing all of this once again, my wife was pregnant with our 3rd daughter. I know what your thinking, winters must be cold in Utah! Also during this process I discovered something else that has changed the entire path of my life. Social Media Advertising, video and technology to spread information! I got into shooting video for social media to advertise for my business. I quickly discovered that I had something to say and I wanted the world to hear me. So I used the knowledge that I had found to do just that. This is where most of you probably came into first contact with me! Seeing my Facebook and Youtube videos. I have always been blessed with the gift to communicate, to relate and to tell stories! So I used everything that I had learned to start sharing little lessons from life to the world. This has truly been one of my greatest joys. It took me a while to get over the insecurities that come along with standing in front of a camera and talking to yourself! I shot the first video. I was very self conscious of it all, so I left that video sitting on my computer for over a year. I finally shot another on. The first video that I published on Facebook was called "Ma'am you just might not Understand" It quickly reached over a million people and I fell in love with it! I saw the power for good that comes along with social media and I wanted to do more. I then started my own podcast talking to people whom are successful in their own areas, how they define success and how they got where they are! Another thing that you should know about me. I have always felt this yearning for bigger things. To be able to make a difference. I have always felt this drawing towards things of this nature and I feel know that I am just starting to act on those things. I call it "divine discontent" The thing that keeps me moving forward. Not that where I am or where I was, was really a bad place. It was just not where I was meant to be. That's how we keep progressing. WE KEEP MOVING! I guess that brings me to today. After doing all of these things, after a lot of personal and spiritual growth. It has brought me to these crossroads. Where all of the things that I love have come together. Where it seems the culmination of everything that I have done has led me to this point and time. The beginning of another path! The right path. The one on which I was meant to walk. This is not the end. This is the beginning. Everything that I have done has led me to now. To this decision to run for congress. I love this Country with all my heart. I love everything that it stands for! I love that it is a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. To show what can be done when men and women are free! Free to innovate free to change, free to worship or do whatever it is they feel to be true! This is what it means to be an American and I am proud of that. It is time that we bring this back to the forefront! Get rid of the drama, the soap opera that is now our government. Back to being an example to the world of doing the right thing!! To be able to stand up for those who feel they want to be heard. To continue what the founders of this country meant for it to be! Those men that gave it all, who did something new, because men should be free. It is time and I am ready!