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Hi I'm Roy

I grew up in Washington State during the great depression. Joined the US Navy during World War II.

About Me

I was born in San Francisco and lived the first five years in California before my family moved to Washington State during the great depression where my father owned and operated a butcher shop. We lived in Grand Coulee during the construction of the Dam across the Columbia river. The dam project was a depression WPA work project in the 30's. I am an 82 year old WWII veteran, father of five sons and six daughters. 36 grand children of which 15 are great grandchildren, the oldest great grand-daughter graduating from high school in 2010. I still work part time as Director of Safety for a large oil company in West Virginia. I also do consulting and teaching. My hobbies are travel, writing, genealogy, licensed pilot since 1948, hunting, fishing, amatuer radio, call sign KB8 VVB. My favorite activity is participation with the Boy Scouts of America, Shenandoah Area Council, currently serving as a member of the Council Executive Board, I have recieved many awards including the Silver Beaver. Active for over 45 years, but age is slowing me down. Msot of my free time is spent with my part-time work, family, grandchildren, and Scouting. See my website for additional information: www.royalexanderyoung.com

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion is one of deliberate thought, study, research and prayer as a young adult following World War II. It did not come overnight, for I searched for a long time seeking a Church that was in harmony with what I was thinking and looking for. First, all the Missionaries who came to my door were let in and I listened intently to their gospel plan of Salvation. With all of them, they declared that if I did not join their Church, I was damed to Hell. This troubled and confused me. Which Church was really right? Well, I just kept on looking and listening to all who made an attempt to teach me their plan of salvation. I started asking the question upon conclusion of our discussion ... what happens if I don't join your Church? The answers were all the same, I was condemed to Hell. I read the Bible all the time, my favorite book was Proverbs ..... it gave me principles of conduct and a code to live by. I knew in my heart the Bible was true and I knew there was a living God out there. But, for some reason I could not find the answers to my question that I was looking for. I owned a Republic Seaplane called a "Sea Bee". I used to fly to Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles and do underwater spearfishing and diving for lobster. One trip I made resulted in a bad accident and I was injured and the plane sank off shore about 1/2 mile. Myself and a passenger were rescued. This was a wake up call as I had survived. I felt God had preserved me for something and I had better be going to Church somewhere. Since my mother was a Methodist, I attended a Methodist Chrurch as soon as I had recovered from the accident. It was a disappointing meeting as all they preached was tything and money. That was the last time I attended that Church. A few years later when I was in my mid 30's, I had a close friend, who I chummed around with. He happened to be a Mormon. One evening when I had taken him home, he asked me what I knew about the Mormon Church. I told him I knew very little, only what I had heard about from others. So we sat in my car and talked. He had served a Mission in Germany as a young man and he began to tell me about the restoration of the Gospel. This was all new to me as was the Book of Mormon. After an hour or so and we were about to call it a night, I asked him my piercing question, what happens to me if I don't join your Church, expecting the same old answer I had gotten from all the other Church Missionaries. My friend hesitated for a long time, then he replied, well if you don't join the Church, it will depend on how well you lived your life here on earth. Well, needless to say this really caught my attention. I asked him what he was driving at, you mean I will not go to Hell if I don't join your Church? He then started to tell me about the various degrees of glory based on how I lived on earth. That I had to be a really bad person to go to Hell and that determination centered around the 10 commandments given to Moses. He also, gave me a thumbnail sketch what the Church believed in and talked about the Articles of Faith. The one Article that caught my attention was "Free Agency" ..... I had the right to believe any way that I wanted with out any condemnation. I was really interested at this point, he asked if I would be intersted in hearing the Plan of Salvation from some Mormon Missionaries. I said I would. That was the summer of 1965. The Missionaries and I met for several weeks and as I studied, read the scriptures I was asked to read, it became more and more clear to me that this was the true Church of my Heavenly Fathers. One day while I was studying and praying I had a real warm feeling Spirit of the Holy Ghost come over me that testified to me that the Church was true. I have always known from that moment on that I knew the Church was true and I knew that the Lord knew that I knew it was true also. As a result, I was baptized on January 1, 1966. I leave you my testimony ..... I know without any mental reservations whatsoever, the Book of Mormon, Holy Bible, Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is True. I also, know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and through Him Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon which is a further testament of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

The most important way I try and live my life is by example. Integrity and Loyalty are attributes of who you are and that is how I want to be remembered as I travel through this mortal life. I am grateful for my membership in the Lords Church and I know I must live up to what my Heavenly Father expects of me as a member of His Church. That means to obey all His commandments, love my fellow man, serve my Country and community, and at the same time be charitable, by helping the downtroden and needy. To carry out all the responsibilities intrusted to me by the leaders of the Church in a responsible manner. To live by my faith and all its precepts by faithfully discharging the duties in my callings or Church Assignments, by faithful Church attendance, study, prayer, genealogy, faithfully visiting my assigned families I home teach and visiting the sick, preparing a Book of Rmemeberance from my personal journals for my posterity, doing Missionary work and then to serve the Lord to the end of this mortal life. I have held about every calling or Job/Assignment there is in the Church over my years as a member and they are to numerous to write about. I want to mention some of the callings that were the most memorable and/or challenging. First, the calling I liked the most was serving as a Missionary. I served as the District Mission President in the Atlantic States Mission back in the early 1970's. It was a time of real growth and preceeded the Years before the formation of the Winchester Virginia Stake in 1977, consisting of 10 local Churches. I was called at that time to be the First Bishop of the Martinsburg Ward in Martinsburg, WV, which is now a Stake. Upon my release as Bishop, I was called as a High Councilor in the Stake and served in that capacity for eight years. Since my release I have always had callings of leadership. Currently I am a Ward Missionary and English teacher for foreign language members and investigators. I love the Lord Jesus Christ my redeemer, my Country, my family and friends and since joining the Church have always strived to be good example.

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