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Hi I'm Vic

I'm a retired pharmacist, and a computer geek, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 63 year old father of four. I am retired, but in 2013 my wife and I completed a family history support mission in Taichung, Taiwan for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before that, I had a most amazing job, combining my love of data, data processing and pharmacy. Not many people have a job where they love their work and look forward to going to work in the morning - but I did! In addition to my four kids, I am the grandfather of five. My grandsons and granddaughters love their Nai Nai (Grandma) and Yeh Yeh (Grandpa).

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is interesting. When I was 20 years old, I had a job as a boatman trainee for a river rafting company, driving pontoon boats down the Grand Canyon. For a 20-year old young man, it doesn't get any better than that. The company I was working for was based in Utah, and most of its employees were young LDS returned missionaries. The close proximity in which I lived with these men gave me a very good opportunity to see them for what they truly were. I liked what I saw. While many of my college friends were into alcohol and drugs, these were clean-living kids with goals in life. I could see that they were going to succeed. They had a purpose. Driving back from one of the training trips, I stopped at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and signed the guest register. I think that sealed my fate. Now, I did NOT get the boatman job. Instead, I worked that summer as a janitor in a large shopping mall. Pushing a dust mop in circles around the mall gave me a lot of time to think. I thought about what the other boatmen had told me, and about what I had read in the Book of Mormon. I thought about what I had seen of the character of these young men. I had never been a stranger to prayer, and I spent some time in prayer, asking God for guidance. When the missionaries knocked on my door in August, I was ready. I was baptized a member in September 1973, and have never looked back.

How I live my faith

I met my wife while I was serving a mission in Taiwan, two years after I joined the Church. She also was a missionary, also from Southern California. After I completed my mission, I came home and reentered college. During the following Christmas break, I looked her up and asked her out on a date. Eight months later, we were married. We both loved serving as missionaries when we were young. We learned Mandarin Chinese while serving in Taiwan, and thought it too large an investment to let it go to waste, so, in keeping with the counsel from the Church, we actively tried to maintain and improve our language skills. We even signed up with a local Mandarin school for overseas Chinese children. Every Friday night during the school year for seven years we went to a local high school and attended Mandarin classes. We started in first grade, with young children, and progressed through the classes that were offered. It helped us to maintain and improve our spoken fluency and understanding, and taught us to read and write Chinese characters. Now, why would we do something like this? We were approaching retirement age, and trying to prepare for our post-retirement life. When most people think of Mormon missionaries, they picture college-age kids. But what many people do not know is that couples can also serve missions after they have retired and their children are grown. Our language study and love for the Chinese people helped us to prepare for our future, post-retirement mission. We were hoping the Lord would send us somewhere in Asia, where we could use the language we have studied to further the Lord's work. But imagine our joy when we opened our mission call and found that He had sent us back to Taiwan to serve again! I am so grateful that the Lord invited me into His Church. It is the best thing I have ever done in this life, though marrying my wife is very close. I am grateful to share this with others.