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I am a retired computer programmer and software engineer. During the last few years, I have written several books on weight loss and diabetes management. I am interested in public speaking and earned my Able Toatmaster's award with Toastmaster's International. I am also interested in accounting, economics, computers, world religions, science and genealogy.
My conversion began when I read a Book of Mormon in a motel room at Mt. Carmel Junction near Zion National Park. I didn't completely understand what is was, but I remember thinking "Those Mormons have Angels appearing to them just like in the Bible". While in high school a friend challenged me to read The Book of Mormon. Not waiting for him to give me a copy, a checked one out of the public library and took it on a camping trip with me. I was baptized several months later. What attracted me most was the principle of modern revelation, both to the individual and to the Church.
True selflessness and true selfishness are really the same principle. It is only when we lose ourselves in the service of others that we are truly happy. Each of us has been blessed with particular gifts and talents. We should use these talents in order to uplift others. This is true in all areas of our lives, both temporal and spiritual.
I have had many callings since joining the Church. Always, there is the calling of a Home Teacher. After joining the Church, I served a mission to New Zealand. I have also served as a Ward Missionary Leader and various teaching and clerical callings. Since retiring, I have served two Church Service Missions, one as an Employment Services Missionary and one as a Family History Support Missionary.