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Hi I'm Ron Pearce

I am a mission pilot with the Civil Air Patrol. I am a Mormon.

About Me

As a young boy I have always had a fascination with flying. My first exposure was as a cub scout. Since I was the largest of the boys I was permitted to sit in the seat next to the pilot and handle the controls during that first flight. That was it until I had graduated from college and worked for many years. My wife gave me a birthday present of 4 hours of flight instruction plus ground school. Still, the cost was very high and my dream to get my pilot's license was shelved for another 10 years. Finally I found the time and the money to pursue the dream and received my private pilot pilot license in 2000. I went on to earn an instrument rating and a commercial pilot license. One day I attended an air show at one of the local airports. The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) had a plane on display. I visited with the CAP member and decided that this would be a great way to provide a service to the community while using my love of flying. I attended a squadron meeting and joined the Black Sheep Senior Squadron. Since then I received training to become a "Scanner", "Observer" and "Mission Pilot". Given my background in finance I also offered to serve as the squadron finance officer. I have participated in many searches for missing aircraft on the plains and in the mountains. I have also piloted CAP cadets (12-17 yr olds) as they receive orientation flights. It has been a very rewarding experience working with wonderful, dedicated men and women and young adults.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon home. Both of my parents came from families who crossed the plains with the pioneers in the early Mormon migration. Even though my parents were Mormon I needed to know if it was right for me. I visited my friends churchs as a teenager and invited them to attend my church. I attended the early morning seminary classes during high school where we were taught the doctrine from the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon and other scriptures. During this time I pondered what I was learning and prayed for inspiration. I received the warm confirmation from the Holy Spirit that the Book of Mormon is truly scripture which testifies that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God. I have learned to heed that warm feeling because it has always lead me to do the right things. Later I had the opportunity to serve a mission for the LDS church in Germany where I invited others to read the Book of Mormon and the Bible, to ponder and to pray. My own testimony was strengthened as I saw people accept the challenge and receive their own testimony that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. My faith has been an anchor and a guide throughout my life. I am so thankful to know that my Heavenly Father knows me, loves me and wants me to be happy. I am grateful that we have apostles and prophets that speak for God today, to help me through the modern day challenges.

How I live my faith

In addition to my service with the Civil Air Patrol I have had the opportunity to serve in the church. I have been part of the local leadership, and I have also served as a scoutmaster, a pianist and organist, choir director and a gospel instructor. One of the beauties of church service is that there is a place for everyone to serve and that every position is valued. I like the saying: When you serve your fellowman you are serving God. The most important role that I have had is being a husband and a father. We have 7 children who are all now grown and 19 grandchildren. The best decision I ever made was asking my lovely wife to marry me. She has been my life partner through the ups and downs of life. Our shared faith in Jesus Christ has been the focal point that has helped us not just survive life's storms, but to thrive. We have experienced gaining and losing great riches of the world. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives us the perspective that happiness is not tied to worldly riches but to being true to ourselves living the way that Jesus has taught.