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Hi I'm Lewis

I'm retired, a mechanical engineer by education, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been retired since I was 55. Not by choice but because the company I worked for for thirty years was downsizing. I worked in the computer industry as an industrial engineer in a manufacturing plant; as a marketing representative; in a development lab planning new products; and as a systems engineer supporting a sales representative. Since retiring I learned how to run a skid steer loader and worked in construction with a son-in-law. My wife and I have served two missions since retiring, one in South Africa and one in North Carolina. We have six children and 20 grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a strong Mormon family. I always knew that my father and mother knew that there was a God, and that Jesus Christ was His Son. As I became an early teenager I wanted to know for my self. I questioned if God knew me and cared about me. I was with my father deep in the mountains at a sawmill site. It was late spring and my father wanted to get the mill running again after it had set idle through the winter snows. My father was severely injured from being hit in the head when a piece of lumber flew off the saw. We were there alone and I knew that I did not have the capabilities on my own to shut the mill down and get us out of the mountains to a doctor. I got my father to the cabin we were using. He was acting and talking like a wild man. I tended to his injuries with all the abilities a frightened 13 yearold could muster. I returned to the mill site and got on my knees and asked God if He was real and cared about me and my father. If He did, I needed His help to get the mill shut down and get us out of the mountains to a doctor. I do not know to this day how I shut the mill down. When I returned to the cabin my father was sitting up on the side of the bed. He was as lucid as if nothing had happened. He drove the 60 miles to the doctor over two mountain passes. I knew then that God knew me and cared about me and that what my parents had taught me was true. I have never looked back!

How I live my faith

I try every day to treat others the way that the Savior would want me to treat them; to love unconditionaly and not judge others or be critical. I am not always successful but I try, and I think I am getting better.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

There is nothing secret going on in the temples, but sacred. When I go to a new doctor, I am very careful to check out his education, training and reputation. Because of the sacred nature of the work that is done in the temple, God has set up, through His authorized Priesthood leaders, a process to carefully check the worthiness of church member to enter His temples and participate in that sacred work. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No one in the Mormon church is required to do anything. That would be contrary to the agency that God has given to man. Young men are taught that it is a priesthood responsibility to serve a mission. They are encouraged to prepare physically, spiritually and financially to serve when they are 19 years old. Senior couple are also encouraged to serve when their individual circumstance will allow. Some senior couple chose to serve numerous times. Show more Show less