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Hi I'm Grant

I helped to establish the Moroni High School in Kiribati. I use amateur radio to communicate in emergencies, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a farming family, and learned to really enjoy physical work. I thought I'd always want to live on a farm, but there were forces in my life that began very early to broaden my interests beyond what was common for the farmers that I knew as a boy. I got interested in science, and I succeeded well in mathematics. Electricity, particularly, fascinated me. By the time I was in high I was licensed to operate an amateur radio, and I was convinced that I would not be happy as a farmer. I knew I wanted to go to college. I started in a science curriculumn at the university, and during my second year I tagged along to a seminar for potential teachers. At the end, they had someone interview each of the attendees, and when I described myself, the interviewer made a very dispariging remark about my potential to be a teacher. "Such a scientist isn't human enough to be a teacher." That statement really caused me to think. I recognized that I had real problems dealing with people, and I recognized that it was my problem not theirs. That's when the general curriculumn at the university began to become very important to me. I wanted to human. I became a professional teacher, and I taught school until I lost the ability to hear the students. When hearing aids weren't enough for me to continue in the classroom, I got work developing technical training materials, especially training for delivery on computers. I've used computers in training since the first IBM PC.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it was restored through Joseph Smith. My Dad sometimes changed his clothes seven times on Sundays so he could take care of the farm work and also serve in the Church. My mom and I read the Book of Mormon together when I was about ten. That was a long time ago, and I have gained more understanding both by study and by living the Gospel throughout all of those intervening years. It has been in those times when I have been most active in serving others that I have increased the most in my faith. I believe that an academic conversion to the Church is only a partial conversion. About forty years ago I started to do daily scripture study, and I continue to study the scriptures (or occasionally a scholarly book on a religious topic) every day, but it is the Spirit of God that comes to me when I serve that has really made me a convert.

How I live my faith

After graduating from the University and doing some graduate studies, I started teaching in a school on a Pacific Island where the local government provided for the education of less than ten percent of the student age population. While in this position, one of the general authorities invited me and my family - a wife and six children at the time - to accept a mission call to teach in a private school in Kiribati. It was then known as the "Gilbert Islands." We already knew a lot of students from Kiribati as there were some of them attending the school where I was teaching. The children of Kiribati were even worse off than those where we were teaching, and we wanted to help. So we became missionaries for the Church on a tiny atoll near the equator. Eventually we received the assignment from the Church to establish a Church School there, and we named it Moroni Community School. When the requirements were met, it was upgraded to Moroni High School. Later both I and my wife were able to teach seminary for a few years. I was able to serve as the president of a Branch for married students. And we have also served together on two additional missions - one working in Germany trying to help with FamilySearch work among a people who find it very difficult to read the old German records. We provided training in reading the older script forms, much of it through computer-delivered training. Now we are serving in Kansas helping new members, less-active members, and even a few investigators to learn of Jesus Christ's role in their lives, and how they can change their lives to participate more fully in His Eternal purposes. In our advanced age we are not as capable as we'd like to be - we are now both hearing impaired. But the Lord keeps finding things we can do that make a difference, so we are happy to be able to continue with it.