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I am still a "convert"58 years after baptism. I am still facinated with the Church, its history, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I have been retired for fifteen years. I had a wonderful career in aviation where I served as an Air Force fighter pilot, an airline pilot and an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector. As soon as I retired from aviation in 2000 I pursued another life long dream and joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. I spent several more wonderful years serving as a volunteer vessel inspector, and boating safety instructor and boat crew member . I also taught Boater Education classes for the Oregon State Marine Board. Today I am pursuing two more favorite hobbies, fishing and genealogy. Both involve a lot of close association with my immediate and extended family. The boat keeps me close to my grandchildren and genealogy keeps me close to all my living and dead relatives. You could say I am definitely a family man. A joined the Mormon church in 1958 while working as a summer employee in Yellowstone National Park. I was impressed with the way the Mormon college students conducted themselves while they were away from home. I was even more surprised how well they knew their religion. They were not afraid to share it with me. I have been an active Mormon every since. The following year I enrolled at Brigham Young University Where I met my wife and began my aviation career in the AFROTC. I have had a great life and met a lot of good people.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I have been a Mormon for almost fifty-seven years the question should be why am I still a Mormon. The simple answer is, "I haven't found anything better." I have studied and visited many churches before and since becoming a Mormon. I have also read anti-Mormon literature. I concluded that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is either what it claims to be or it is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on mankind. It has to be one or the other. If it is a fraud then which of all the other thousand-plus Christian churches is the Lord's true church? When asked about future prophets the Lord said, "by their fruits ye shall know them." I have observed many Christian churches and found none that can compare to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Consider the following: There is no paid ministry anywhere in the church, the church is debt free, tens of thousands of full-time 18-21 year old men and women are serving two-year missions at their own expense around the world, a law of health, a law of chastity, a world-wide humanitarian program, a family preparedness program, a welfare program with hundreds of farms and canneries, one of the lowest divorce rates of any major Christian religion, the world's largest genealogical program, sacred temples where couples are married for "time and all eternity" not just till death do they part, additional scriptures testifying of Jesus Christ, modern revelation, and living apostles and prophets. I find no other church can compare. Impressive as these "fruits" are my testimony is not in the outward signs of a true religion but through the sure knowledge that comes from living the religion and experiencing direct revelation from the Lord. I have served in the local leadership of the Church and have worked with hundreds of righteous, worthy church leaders who bear the same testimony. None of us sought our callings nor would we ever knowingly perpetrate a fraud on those we love. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For me, my religion is a way of life. Like many others I took two years out of college to serve a full-time mission for the Church. What a wonderful experience that was. After my mission I went back to BYU where I met my wife and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple for time and eternity. Following graduation I entered the military. As we were transfered from base to base I realized that the Church is the same everywhere in the world. We were given opportunites to serve in many different callings and had an opportunity share the gospel with many of our friends. We have tried to remain active and enjoy all the blessings the Church has to offer. We always had regular Family Home Evenings with our kids. We have had a lot of fun doing our family history. We have followed the counsel to have a year supply of food when ever we could. One son has served a mission and three of our children have been married in the Temple. Over the years I have served as a Bishop and my wife and I served a two year Church Service Mission in a Church Employment Office. I love the fact that our Church has no paid ministry at all. We all serve each other and are organized under the direction of the Priesthood of God. It is wonderful to see my sons worthy to hold the Priesthood and to be able to bless their families. My daughters have both found wonderful husbands and were also married in the Temple. I have found that the Church is more of a "way of life" than it is a religion. Because of it I don't drink or smoke or use any harmful substances, I live the law of chastity, I hold family home evenings with my family, together we serve our community and others, we encourage education and thrift, and we try to be honest in all our dealings with others. Knowing where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going gives purpose and meaning to the way I live my life and my faith.