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Hi I'm Gail

I'm a husband of a wonderful woman. I am also a father, grampa, and greatgrampa. I'm a convert and historian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 88 years old, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the last 56 years. It took the missionaries five months to persuade me to ask for baptism. When I said, Okay, I'll be be baptized, they said, No you won't, not until you quit smoking. I said, Well, I'll lose my job if I quit smoking and drinking lots of coffee. They said: Pray about it. The Lord will help you. Let us know when you quit smoking and then we'll baptize you. I prayed even though I had tried many times before to quit smoking and had fallen back every time. This time, after praying to the Lord, it was like someone turned off a switch. I never again felt the need to smoke, drink coffee or beer. Food tasted better and better. My strength came back bit by bit. I began to feel joy in my life and the missionaries did baptize me. For the first time in years I stopped wondering if I would ever live to see the year 1984 -- the title of a popular book then. The Lord Jesus Christ has blessed me with health, strength, and joy beyond measure. I love the gospel and the blessings it brings every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. The Holy Ghost blesses my life with daily guidance and inspiration. These are not just words, they are what the missionaries promised, and the Lord fulfilled for me. College took me off a North Dakota farm. World War II took me out of college. I served as a P-38 pilot photographing enemy targets for the U.S. Army in the Phillipines. We mapped South Korea by air after Japan surrendered. After the war I took my wife to Switzerland because of my disappointment at having been sent to the Pacific Theater in WWII. There I learned to speak & write French, and enough German to travel safely. I did newspaper work for more than a year, & served as press officer for the 1950 World Plenary of YMCAs in Nuborg Strand, Denmark. Then I did newspaper work in Minot, ND, Regina, Saskatcheway, Canada and Omaha, NE. I have devoted the last 30 years of my life to the prehistoric, historic, and pioneer history of southwestern Iowa and the eastern fringe of Nebraska. The Lord has given me strength to help others and to discover the true history of the Middle Missouri Valley. I know that the teachings of Jesus Christ are the way to a life of joy and preparation to return to our Heavenly Father. I advise you to read the Book of Mormon, pray about it, and study it along with the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. You, too, can have a life of joy and fulfillment.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to keep all of God's commandments. My wife has MS. I am her caretaker day and night. Despite being told by her doctor more than 33 years ago that she would get weaker and weaker and then die, she is cheerful and very active. She does all the cooking, with a little help. I do housekeeping and history. We search out our family history, go to the temple, attend three hours of Sunday meetings and thoroughly enjoy all of it. Each month we visit or write to other members of our congregation. We give10% of our monthly income in tithing. Sound like a lot? Believe me, it is not. The Lord has promised if we give a full and honest tenth of our income, he will bless us with plenty. True, I didn't retire until I was 87 years old, but before and after retirement, we have enjoyed an abundance of temporal, as well as spiritu-al blessings. In all honesty, my personal feeling is that no one can afford not to pay tithing to the work of the Lord! It is a biblical commandment, and God gives no commandments to the children of men, save he prepare a way for them to accomplish it. Believe me, all will work out as the Lord has commanded.