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Hi I'm Stan

I love being in the mountains. I enjoy traveling. I am grateful I can help people see better. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an ophthalmologist, and specialize in surgery of the cornea. I knew that I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps after spending an day watching him do surgeries when I was in junior high school. I'm married, have 5 children, and one grandchild. I love to backpack, hike and camp, snow ski, fish, and generally be outdoors. I love photography, and enjoy making family movies. I also love to travel with my family. I've been married for 27 years, and have 3 boys and 2 girls. I love to cook when I have time, and I love to eat new foods. I was pretty finicky as a child and youth. My wonderful wife helped me expand my culinary horizons, and now I would say I am more daring than her at trying new things! My dad's parents were German, and my mom is from Switzerland. I love my heritage, and with the internet, I am able to keep in contact with my relatives in Switzerland. I served a mission for the church in Switzerland (fortunate coincidence)! My life is busy with work and family. I was involved in the scouting program for many years, and enjoyed the monthly campouts. I especially enjoyed it because my three boys were part of the scouting program, and all are now Eagle Scouts!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but my own personal testimony of the Restoration of Christ's church was confirmed my first year of college, as I learned the power of personal prayer. It was at that time that I decided to serve a mission, to share with others the personal joy I felt from the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. My testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ and His restored church on the earth today has continued to grow throughout my lifetime. The teachings regarding prophets on the earth today who receive revelation from God to guide the church makes sense to me. I do believe there is much good in most churches and religions. The teachings of the eternal nature of families is also important to me. I also appreciate the emphasis on serving others, and the idea of a lay ministry. For me, living the gospel of Jesus Christ is based on what I consider the greatest commandments.

How I live my faith

I have served in various capacities in the church throughout my life. Service in the church is voluntary, and sometimes we are asked to serve in capacities that challenge us, but I am grateful for the opportunities I have to serve. I try to visit some families regularly, and be there to help them when needed. I enjoy going with other members of our congregation to our churches grape vineyard, to harvest the grapes for raisins, and prune. As I work in the dusty heat, I think about the needy and less fortunate who will benefit by having raisins as part of their nourishment. The year of Hurricane Katrina, all of our farms raisins went to the gulf coast to help the people there. I try to treat everyone that I associate with, with respect.