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Hi I'm Chad

I'm an air traffic controller. I make sure you and your family fly safely. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm Chad. I am an air traffic controller in Colorado. I'm not one of the guys that waves your plane into the ramp, but the guy who works in the control tower, and makes sure you and your family fly safe from one airport to another. I thoroughly enjoy chess, hanging out with friends and family (especially my wife), and tae kwon do. I have a very diversified background. I have worked in food service, as a clerk, and in libraries. In college, I am eight classes away from my degree in Physics, and I have experience in music theory, and American Sign Language interpretation. I was an American Sign Language interpreter for four years prior to becoming an air traffic controller.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14, my parents divorced. This was a very hard time for me. It was difficult for me to watch my parents lead two different kinds of lives. My dad continued to follow and live by the teachings of the Church, and my mom decided to follow her own course. This created a conflict for me, especially when I started to reach my senior year of high school. That year, I would tell people I was Mormon, but I was just "Going Through the Actions" of what was happening at church. Not that I was a bad kid, but I was conflicted from messages that I was getting from my parents. I also had friends at school that would try and persuade me that I was a lost cause for being Mormon. When I went to college, I went to the LDS Church, but I went because I always went. I also had screwy work schedules, so some of the members of the Church thought that I was not an active member. This was a hard time for me, trying to figure out who I was or if this is what I should be doing. One day, one of the Church teachers pulled me aside, and wanted to talk to me about going on a mission. Up to this point, I had told everyone that I didn't want to go and not talk about it. I decided to listen to this teacher for some reason, and he challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and to fill out an application for missionary service. He said I could always turn it down, so I figured that this was an out if I needed it. I read the Book of Mormon in three weeks, and filled out the application. All this time I was praying for the answer if I should go on a mission and if the church was true. This experience was a turning point in my life. Before going to one of my mission interviews, I had a prayer that all would go well with the interview, and if going on a mission was what I should do. I can tell you that the Spirit of God spoke to me clearly, and gave me the answer I needed. This experience confirmed to me that the Church is true, and I needed to share it with others.

How I live my faith

I served a two year Mission for the Church in Seattle, Washington. You know, the guys in the white shirts, ties, and black name tags. This was a great experience for me because it allowed me to grow, and really discover who I was as a person. It also allowed me to have a deeper relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. When I came home, I was asked to be an assistant in the men's group leadership in my congregation. This involved teaching and helping out others to fulfill their church responsibilities. After I got married to my wonderful wife, I learned American Sign Language and interpreted for the Church for four years. When I got my job, it caused us to move to a new, much smaller, congregation in the middle of the mountains with new experiences. I was over the missionary efforts in the congregation for year and a half, then my wife and I were asked to be in charge of the Cub Scouts. We worked with the 8-11 year old boys. It was neat to see them grow, and learn new skills. After a year in the Scouting program, I was asked, again, to assist with the men's program in the congregation. I also play piano, so I play the hymns during the men's meeting, and I also fill in sometimes to play for the whole congregation.