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Hi I'm Owen

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah. Have lived in several states and traveled to many countries.

About Me

Retired military & law enforcement. Eleven years active duty US Navy submarine service, 1959-1970. Twenty four years Army National Guard, Engineers & Special Forces. Twenty seven years with a Sheriff's Office. Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Married to my high school sweetheart for 55 years with seven children, 29 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. I have enjoyed running, biking, hunting and being with family. I love reading, poetry, and children, especially babies.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I come from Mormon ancestors, from several European countries, and who migrated to Utah with the pioneers in the 1800's, I was not active in my faith until after I had been in the Navy and married for about five years. At that time I began to notice that my lifestyle was not making my wife and children happy and I was headed down the bad road that I had experienced as a child. I determined that my children would never have to live through the drinking, divorce, and many other difficult things me and my siblings experienced, so I made up my mind to change. I knew that the Book of Mormon was the cornerstone of my religion so I obtained a copy and read it completely. I prayed fervently and received a witness of the Spirit that it was true. At this time my submarine was deployed in the Pacific Theater for nearly a year and I could hardly wait to get home to my family and begin to be the kind of husband and father I realized I wanted to be. When I did get back to Pearl Harbor and home, I met with my religious leader and cleared up some past mistakes and began attending church regularly. The more active I became, the better my life and my family became and the closer I felt to God. I love my religion and how it focuses on "forever families". I have a strong testimony of God, Jesus Christ and the power of prayer. I am thankful for the opportunity to repent and come closer to God and His Son. I am truly thankful for a wonderful wife who has always had a strong testimony and who has set an example for me and our children. My church teaches that God has established a plan for families to be together in the hereafter and that is very satisfying to consider. I have a testimony of life-after-death and that gives me great comfort.

How I live my faith

My faith teaches me that I have a responsibility to be a good citizen of my community so I have participated in city government, special projects that benefit my town, and other community events. I have also enjoyed Boy Scouts and youth programs through my church. I love teaching and have truly enjoyed sharing my life's experiences and how my faith has helped me through difficult and challenging times. I try hard to be a good example to others by living the teachings of the Mormon faith and find that in doing so, my own life is enriched. I like doing things that make other's lives happier and in doing so, I have received many blessings from God in my own life.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Through both personal experiences, experiences of my family and all my years of living and my experiences in law enforcement, I have a deep and abiding testimony that by living the Word of Wisdom in all ways, I will have a much more happy, healthier and fuller life. This not only means to me that I need to not take into my body those things that I know are harmful, but I need to take steps to do the things that my faith teaches will make me healthier and happier. It amazes me that the longer I live, the more science and medicine confirm what Joseph Smith taught in 1833 about staying healthy. Show more Show less