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Hi I'm Fletcher

I'm a slightly balding husband and father of six, I'm a world traveller, I'm an airplane contract negotiator, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important thing about me is that I am a husband and a father. As a father of six, I feel a great responsibility to provide for, protect, and teach my children. My greatest joy is when I see them making good choices and when they've worked hard toward accomplishing their goals. Also, I love and appreciate my wonderful and supportive wife, who works hard and sacrifices for our family. I've been blessed with a career that enables me to provide for my family, develop my talents, and see the world. My work sometimes takes me away from my family for a week or two at a time, but I enjoy the use of technology that helps me to stay connected. While on travel to places such as China, Japan, and Korea, I enjoy going to the LDS temples and attending church with local congregations.

Why I am a Mormon

While I didn't grow up in a religious home, I have always known that I had a Heavenly Father that knew me and had a plan for me. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I began exploring my relationship with him. During the summer when I was 14, I decided that I wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ. To do so, I began reading the New Testament. During that summer, I learned for myself that I had a Savior who suffered and died for me. Like the believers of the New Testament, I had a desire to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. As I contemplated the churches of which I was familiar, however, I could not identify one that resembled the church organized by Jesus himself. I questioned why there were not apostles and other missionaries like those in the New Testament who had authority to baptize and bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost. A couple years later, after having moved to a new city, I began dating a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At one point, I began asking questions about the Church, and she invited me to listen to the missionaries. Upon hearing their message, the Holy Ghost bore witness to me that the message they were sharing was true. They taught me that the Lord had restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a Prophet of God. They taught me that there were apostles and other righteous men that have been given the power and authority to baptize, bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, and perform other ordinances of salvation. They taught me that the Lord had brought forth additional scriptures that testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. They taught me that we can live as eternal families through sacred temple ordinances. They taught me about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. Although their message was new to me, it somehow seemed so familiar. I knew it was true then, and I still know that it is true today.

How I live my faith

A couple of years after I joined the Church, I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in Panama, Central America. As a missionary, I learned to love and serve others. I had the wonderful opportunity to teach and testify of the truths that had been taught to me just a couple of years earlier. I watched and felt the Lord use me as an instrument in his hands to bring the gospel truths to the Panamanian people. Since returning home from Panama, I have had many opportunities to serve both in the Church and in the community. One of my most enjoyable service opportunities was when I taught Seminary, a program in which high school students attend a religious class each morning prior to their regular high school classes. Each day I would awake at about 4:00am to prepare for that morning's class. At the time, I had just become a new father so I was already somewhat sleep deprived. However, associating with young men and women making righteous choices and growing in the gospel made it one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. Currently, I serve on a council that helps our local leadership oversee the Lord's work in various congregations. The best part of my current responsibility is the opportunity to minister to others. In doing so, there are moments when Lord helps me feel the love that He has for those who are struggling, thereby allowing me to minister to them in a way that He would minister to them. There is nothing more fulfilling than being an instrument in the Lord's hands to accomplish His purposes.

Are Mormons Christians?

As was the Church established by Jesus, our Church is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20). For that reason, our Church bears His name – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As members of His Church, we strive to emulate the example He set for us while on Earth. So, in the truest sense, Mormons are Christians: “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ…that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26). He is the head of our Church and we strive to make Him and His teachings the center of our lives. It is in His name that we pray and worship. He is the Son of God and is our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. To us, He is "the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by [Him]" (John 14:6). Show more Show less