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Hi I'm Victor

My early years were spent in the farmlands of Texas. After forty years in higher education, I am happily retired. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent nearly forty years in higher education, mainly community colleges, helping students acheive their dreams and goals. Everyone should love what he or she does professionally, and I certainly loved mine due to the excitement of watching both younger and older students discover who they were and what they could accomplish. I began my career starting a brand new community college and ended it the same way. In those years, I discovered that the vast majority of people, students and staff alike, desire to do well, be productive, help others, and seek after the highest levels of knowledge they could gain. Watching students grow intellectually and blossom was awesome. Probably the most rewarding to observe was returning students (that means older students who either never started college or were returning after a few years...even twenty or more) who discovered they were bright, gifted, and capable. Often, the older students were among the very best. A few years back, I discovered the thrill of white water rafting. Although a bit long in the tooth now, I still like to run a stretch of white water. My wife and I retired recently, but we stayed active in things that interested us. Now, we are serving together as full time missionaries for the Church as records preservationists serving for seven months in Georgia and now in the National Archives in Washington, DC, where we digitally photograph aging records that have family history value.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a place where members of my faith were rare. I found that my faith was a constant stabilizing factor, especially in making choices in behavior. I was a young teenager when I read the Book of Mormon seriously and sought for a confirmation of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Christ. The testimony that Christ lives and knows each of us and that His priesthood authority is again on the earth has provided a deep joy as well as providing sustaining comfort in times of trial. Over and over, as I study, pray, and truly ponder the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, the Holy Spirit confirms that Christ lives, He stands at the head of His church, and that living prophets are among us again.

How I live my faith

I hope that I treat everyone with dignity and respect as Christ would. The older I become, I have discovered what Christ knows about each person, namely that outward appearances and behavior are only a part of person's story. Consequently, I try hard not to judge others. I have had the privilege to serve in many ways in my local congregations, and I have been involved in several organizations serving the communities where I live. Reflecting back over the years and even now, I think the word "service" sums up much of what I have done in attempting to live the gospel of Christ. I am willing, indeed eager, to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and to seek understanding of others' beliefs and actions without giving up support for my own standards.