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Hi I'm Verne

I'm a husband, father, and new grandfather. I'm a follower of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, spent much of my time at those beautiful beaches, had fun working for a year at Disneyland, played a lot of sports, and even found time to graduate high school. In short, I had a great time as a young man. I married, graduated from Brigham Young University and for many years we lived in Northern California. We now live in the great state of Georgia. My wife and I spend most of our time keeping track of our teenage son, two daughters in college, a new son-in-law, and a son studying law with his wife and our first grandchild. Needless to say we love our expanding family. I have a very satisfying career as the Chief Operating Officer of a company in the real estate services industry. I find joy in serving others (and serving with others) in my church responsibilities. In my spare time I love watching old movies, reading historical novels, and spending time with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was nine years old, two Mormon missionaries found my family in California. Becoming a member of the church has affected every aspect of my life for the better. We became closer as a family and our faith in a loving Heavenly Father, a personal and powerful Savior in Jesus Christ, and the promise of eternal families sustained us in the face of those difficult situations that all of us face in life including the death of immediate family members and other loved ones. I was privileged to serve a mission teaching others about the gospel of Jesus Christ, that He has reestablished his church again on the earth, and because He loves us He has called living prophets and apostles like He did in the Old and New Testament. Because I am a Mormon, I have both the hope and the promise that my family will be together in the eternities and that the love we feel for each now will not end when we pass from this life. I am a Mormon because I asked my Father in Heaven if this was the path that would bring me peace and joy in this life, and the chance to be with Him again after this life. I am a Mormon because it has made me a better son, husband, father, friend and person. I have a long way to go be all that I might be but I am so thankful to know who I am, where I came from, what I am doing here on this earth, and where I am going. I am a Mormon because I want to follow and try to be like Jesus Christ as much as I can. I would invite anyone who reads this to explore what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can offer them and their family.

How I live my faith

First and foremost I try to live my faith by being a good husband to a wonderful wife and a good father to my children. The most important work I can do personally is centered in loving and helping them. One of our guiding principles is that when we are in the service of our fellow men we are really in the service of God. Being a member of the Mormon faith has given me the chance to interact and provide service with others in our local congregations, and to those not of our faith. I have had the chance to teach others the simple truths that Jesus taught and especially love spending time with the youth of our church. My sons and I have the chance to look after the needs of other families in a fellowshipping program called "home teaching", and to have others serve my family in that same way. I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of others helping communities affected by Hurricane Katrina, or working to provide food and other items to those who are experiencing great financial hardships in their lives. I find that I live my faith best, and am happiest in return, when I try to lift someone else's burdens a little. I am grateful that being a member of the church helps me to focus my efforts in these areas.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I believe that the majority of those that call the Mormon Church a cult do so only because they do not understand our true beliefs and practices. There are some who willfully misrepresent what we believe but my experience is that most people are open minded and find much to appreciate and agree with when they learn the truth about the Mormons. They are pleasantly surprised to find that we believe in God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They find that we have common ground in our belief that the Holy Bible is the word of God and then learn that we believe that the Lord, who loves all his children, spoke to other ancient prophets in what we call the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. They learn that we worship Jesus Christ as our Savior and the only name whereby we can be saved, but that we love and respect those that He calls as prophets and apostles -- ancient and modern. Those that learn the truth about the Mormons know that we believe that marriage and family are ordained of God and that the greatest work we will ever do is within the walls of our own homes. They know that we care for other members of the church and those in our communities. Sometimes we have allowed others to define who we are and what we believe. I am glad that I can help answer this question and try to explain a little of who the Mormons really are. I would invite everyone to take a little time and learn about our beliefs and practices. Show more Show less