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Hi I'm Fred

I grew up in upstate New York, Maryland, and Tennessee. I'm an Elementary teacher. I love playing games. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello, I have moved around a lot and most of the places I have live, has been in cities. I have a wife and one and a half kids. My son just turned one and my daughter will be born soon. I love my family very much and feel that there is no better thing that I could be than a father and husband. Families are very important and I cannot remember a time when I did not want to have one of my own. I grew up in a family of six kids. I had three older sisters and two younger sisters. Yes, that made me the only boy with five sisters. My family was highly musical and we all sang. In fact, when I grew into my bass voice, my parents realized what had been missing in our family choir...a bass. I play trumpet and tuba and love to do marching band. I love to write and write poetry and am writing a group of different novels. I love to listen to all kinds of music and enjoy listening and participating in marching bands. I also like to play video games and would consider myself a gamer, except that I do not play quite as much as gamers do because of my duties as a father and teacher. I am a teacher and feel that teaching is one of the most important jobs there are out there. Teachers inspire people to greatness and it is through learning from teachers that people gain an understanding of their potential. In my book, the only job that surpasses teachers of children is the job of a parent.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and grew up going to church every Sunday. I gained, little by little, a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and the Church and feel that I have always known that the church is true. This is not to say that I have never had doubts about certain aspects of the church, but I have worked through the doubts and become stronger in the faith each time. I gained a lot of my faith and testimony of the church and the Prophet, Joseph Smith, and Christ while I was on my mission in the Philippines. I worked hard to share the gospel message and teach the beliefs of the church to the people of the Philippines in their own language. I learned Tagalog and gained many skills that I find myself using as a teacher. Through all this, I felt my testimony growing and becoming stronger. I learned through the gifts of the Spirit that Joseph Smith really saw Jesus Christ and Our Heavenly Father. That they are two separate and distinct individuals and that they love each and every one of us as individuals. I learned to love each person that I came in contact with enough to share with them what I knew to be true. I guess that my conversion to the church could be said to be ongoing and that I keep on learning. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true and living church of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true testament of Jesus Christ and that the people in it really lived and that they loved Jesus Christ as much as any of the disciples in Jerusalem. I know that we can return and live with our Father in Heaven again if we act and do all that we can to become like Him. I know that the commandment that Christ gave to "be perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" is attainable with the help of Jesus Christ's atonement. And that is exactly why I am a Mormon, because I know that I can become like Jesus if I work my hardest at it. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I work and become better every day. By trying to become my best self and steadily bringing my life into accordance with Chirst's and the Church's teachings, I know that I can reach the ultimate goal of returning to my Heavenly Father. So I work every day to become my best self. I keep trying and never give up taking the things that I do that i know are not what Christ would do and pushing them out of my habits. I work to help others every day to become their best selves. When I see someone in need and have the ability to help them, I help them in the best way for them. By giving food to the hungry and giving clothes to the needy. I take the families that I am given to go and teach in their homes and I try my best to become someone they trust enough to share their troubles with. I go and teach them the message that the current President of the church and prophet of the Lord has for them every month. I try my best to love them as I would love any member of my family. I work in my callings in the church, the latest one being Den Leader in my local Cub Scout Pack, to the best of my ability. I take it seriously and try my hardest to teach those young boys how to live up to the standards that the Scouting program stands for. But mostly, I try to help others and be the best example I can be to all the people around me by doing the things that Christ would want me to do.