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Forest was born and raised in central Indiana (Tipton). He was baptized into the Church in 1967 and served a mission to New York (Cumorah/Rochester). He attended Ball State and Indiana University and BYU earning a BS, an M.Ed, and a Doctorate of Education with emphasis in Counseling Psychology - Marriage and Family. He has served in five 5 branches of the United States Military. He retired from LDS Employment (a non-profit employment resource service), and the Fresno CA VA Hospital Chaplaincy and is currently serving a Mission in Military Relations in Yokosuka (Navy Base) Japan. He is an educator, trainer and counselor by profession. He is married to Linda Muir and they take great pleasure in their four children and eleven grandchildren.
I have always believed and have faith in Jesus Christ. I was born and raised in central Indiana (Tipton) into a good Protestant family and attended the Presbyterian Church. While in the military I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and given a copy of the Book of Mormon. Since I believed in and read the Bible, I was interested in "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." As I diligently read and sincerely prayed to find if this "new witness" was true, I came to know by the power of the Holy Ghost and through faithful study that indeed it was and is true. I know the Prophets and people in the Book of Mormon from the western hemisphere were telling the truth and believed in Jesus Christ, just as Moses, Job, Isaiah, Peter, James, John and Paul did. In this process of change I also came to know that the Church is true, the Priesthood was restored, and that there are living prophets on the earth today, including President Thomas S. Monson. I know more deeply than ever that my Father in Heaven lives and loves me; that Jesus Christ is my Savior who atoned for my sins and is the Head of this/His Church. I am humbly and sincerely grateful for this witness, blessing, and change in my life.
When my friend gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon, I was serving in the military, a long way from home, feeling lonely and challenged. I began to wonder: who am I? Where am I going? Why am I here? What do I want in life? I began to read and research and question. I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible with more intent and sincerely. I had always believed in Jesus Christ and the Bible, but I began to feel a stronger and deeper faith in my Lord as I read and studied the Book of Mormon. My first reference was in the book of Alma chapter 32 – faith and the seed. It really began to “taste” and feel good and better. It began to grow in my heart and mind – I began to mature and develop. It began to provide a purpose and direction for me, my life, and my goals. I began to understand who I really am – a child of God. I embraced the important things of life. I felt a desire and motivation to change and to do something more with my life. I gradually saved and served a mission (Cumorah/New York Rochester), then returned to pursue my education and obtained degrees (BS, M.Ed., Ed.D; Ball State & IU, and BYU). I married in the Manti Temple and we have four children and eleven grandchildren. After serving in five different branches of the military and retiring from the US Navy, my wife, Linda, and I are now serving another mission in Yokosuka (Navy Base) Japan as Military Relations Specialists. I feel greatly blessed and thankful to my Father in Heaven and His Son and to my wife and our entire immediate and extended family – forever.
Our family motto is "Do my best! That's my test and my quest - to do my best!" I currently work and serve with my wife, Linda, on a Mission in Yokosuka (Navy Base) Japan as Military Relations Specialists. Our children are married and working in AZ, CA, and UT. I retired from the US Navy, LDS Employment (a non-profit employment resource service), the Fresno CA VA Hospital, and served in five branches of the military. We love the Lord, Jesus Christ, and strive to follow His example and keep the Commandments.