Hi I'm Howard
I was born in California and grew up in Sacramento. I've spent over 25 years in Law Enforcement at City, County, State and Federal Levels serving a number of them as the Chief of Police of a small Nebraska city. I now am a retired computer programmer who worked for the State of Nebraska for another 20 years. I married my sweetheart in the Oakland, California Temple in 1969. My wife and I had 5 children and they now have given us 16 grandchildren which are our love and delight. I have a strong hobby of photography, computers and family history and will help anyone that is looking to extend their lines beyond where they are. I have several callings in the church including a Family History Consultant, a FamilySearch Service Missionary, I'm the Assistant Director of the local Family History Center, I teach Family History Sunday School class and I'm a Winter Quarter's Temple Ordinance Worker. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and have now been in the church for over 45 years.
Why I am a Mormon
Because I was raised in another faith and went to a church school for eight years and had a lot of questions that could not be answered in my old church. When I heard the restored gospel of Jesus Christ I knew it was true because it answered ALL of my questions. Give it a try and see if you can ask a gospel question that your Mormon friends can't answer. If they can't - they certainly know someone that can!
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
I always had a question about those many many people who have never heard of Jesus Christ. If he is the only way to return to our Father in Heaven (and I assure you He is), than there must be a way for those who have not been told of him. The Plan of Happiness does explain how EVERYONE will hear of Jesus Christ and have an opportunity to accept baptism by his authority, even if they die before that chance comes to them. I know that through family history I can find my ancestors that didn't have this opportunity and I can be baptized for and in behalf of them in one of the holy temples that have been dedicated for this purpose. Our Father in Heaven has thought of everything and His Son, Jesus Christ had brought about the perfect Atonement for all of Father's children. That Atonement is effective when a person hears the gospel preached on this earth and accepts baptism by the proper authority or hears the gospel in the spirit world after they have passed on, and the ordinances that He requires can be performed for and in behalf of them. The Plan of Happiness is a perfect plan for everyone.
How I live my faith
My wife and I pray and read the scriptures daily. We work in our callings in the church at least twice a week if not a lot more. We love the people who are our friends in the church.