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Hi I'm Fred

I live in South Carolina in the United States. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love spending time with my children. We've explored many of the wonderful natural areas in North and South Carolina, including mountains, rivers, lakes, creeks, waterfalls, and beaches. Being out in nature with my children has helped me appreciate their hidden capacity for taking risks and doing hard things. Nature has a way of surprising us, but I've been amazed to see my children deal with those surprises in unexpected ways, for which I am both proud and very grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was first introduced to the Mormons, I had almost no religious background. I felt in my heart that what I was learning was true, but I also felt that I should learn more about the Bible before committing too seriously to the Mormon faith. When I began reading the Bible, however, I had trouble understanding it, and I wasn't sure what to do. I then began to read the Book of Mormon, which I found much clearer and easier to understand. Over time, I gained a conviction in my heart that the Book of Mormon was true. Since then, I have read the Book of Mormon nearly every day. Time and again, I have felt God witness to my heart that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I also know that the Bible is the word of God, as my appreciation for and understanding of the Bible has been greatly enhanced by my study of the Book of Mormon. The Bible and the Book of Mormon have become "one in my hand." I am so grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I feel pure joy in my heart as I consider the great blessings I have received as a member of God's true Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by spending time each morning communing with God through prayer and scripture study. Having this daily "reset" reminds me of what is most important in life and prepares me to confront daily challenges with love, patience, and understanding rather than fear or anger. Over the years, I have seen myself changed by the gospel in ways that I would never have predicted. For someone like me to be able to minister to others with understanding and compassion is a miracle the likes of which I can hardly believe. It is my greatest hope to help others draw nearer to God as I have done.

What is faith?

Faith is making decisions based on spiritual evidence. As a Mormon, I have come to understand that the knowledge I receive from God through inspiration is a much more reliable guide than my own limited experience and abilities. Thus, I have learned to make decisions by trusting in God. Some people talk about "blind faith," but Mormons don't believe in blind faith. We believe that through faith, we can see the way forward much more clearly. For me, faith isn't an abstract notion; it is a real power for dealing with the challenges of everyday life and for drawing myself nearer to God. Show more Show less