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Hi I'm Herb

I'm a Mormon. I am a retired US Army officer. Served 30 years.

About Me

Although I was born in Illinois, I was raised in a small farm community in Indiana. In 1944 I entered the US Army and remained for 30 years. (I had no desire to return to my home town where there were no job opportunities). I met my wife in Japan and we were married in 1947. We had no children of our own and adopted two boys (brothers) in 1957. Following my retirement I returned to school and completed my bachelors degree at University of Maryland and my MBA at Seattle University. After a brief period as financial manager of a home health agency, I started my own business which I ran until my final retirement in 1986. Painting has been my principle hobby, however, I also enjoy reading, camping, and music. I was active in the Boy Scouts and was Scoutmaster for a time. One of my sons was an Eagle Scout, the other became a Life Scout. The older son joined the Marines and was KIA in Vietnam in 1967. My wife passed away in 2004 and one of my grandsons and his family came to live with me after her death. I now have two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Baptist but also was active in the United Methodist Church following my retirement from the military. Although I always considered myself a Christian, I never felt completely satisfied. My brother - a retired Navy Master Chief - and a Mormon approached me about becoming a Mormon. Although I had a number of reservations, I started studying the Book of Mormon and became intrigued that it was written as an addition to the Holy Bible -not a replacement- and that it was written with such beauty by a person of very little formal education. I was also very impressed about the provision for baptism for the dead and that the Church has no professional paid clergy. These facts, together with visits by local missionaries and ward members who clarified my questions, convinced me that the Book of Mormon is true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of God. I was baptised into the Church on April 6, 2008. I now am filled with peace and for the first time feel that I am in the right place.

How I live my faith

I attempt to obey all God's ordinances and keep my covenants with him. I am a visiting teacher and, like the Ward members who visited with me while I was learning about the Church, together with a companion, visit periodically with other members of the Ward. I am pleased that my grandson who lives with me and his family have followed me into the Church and are active in their respective callings. I am also trying to interest my other grandson in the Church. I and my grandson have performed ordinances for the dead for my wife, my son, and mine and my wife's ancestors. I am quite active in family search and thoroughly enjoy it.