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Hi I'm Tad

I am a retired United States Air Force fighter pilot and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While in the United States Air Force, I flew fighter aircraft in Europe during the Cold War, was deployed to Japan and Korea during the Pueblo Crisis, trained other pilots in fighter aircraft, and flew 129 combat missions in Vietnam. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with minors in Economics and Psychology. I have a Master's Degree in Systems Management. After retiring from the Air Force, I worked in administration at a community college. Various assignments over seventeen years included serving as the Dean of Instructional Support Services and Associate Director of Institutional Advancement. I was also president of a small international business that did business in Japan and Korea (and a little in Russia after the "wall" came down). I am the father of five children, four sons and one daughter. My wife and I have 23 grandchildren-sixteen granddaughters and seven grandsons. We have two great-grandchildren-a girl and a boy. My wife and I have been married for 52 years. My hobbies include writing family histories, taking care of a mini backyard orchard of 13 fruit trees, caring for a small vegetable garden, and flying my own airplane.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fourth generation member of the Church. My ancestors came from Europe shortly after the restoration of the gospel. Even though I was born and raised by Church members in Salt Lake City, I found that I had to develop my own testimony of the gospel. I determined that the best way for me to gain my own testimony was to fully read and study the Book of Mormon. I undertook this study shortly after joining the United States Air Force and while awaiting an assignment to pilot training. Upon completion of the reading, I set apart a time when I would fast and pray for a confirmation that what I had read was true. The day came and I drove my car to a secluded location where I could be alone and prayed with all the sincerity and real intent I understood. The confirmation came in a sacred and unmistakable way, "You foolish boy, you have always known it was true!" It was both a rebuke and a confirmation. I have never doubted it ever since. Years of opportunities to serve in the Church have followed. I have been blessed to serve as a Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Serviceman's Group Leader, Elder's Quorum President, Branch President twice, High Counselor, Bishop, Counselor in a Stake Presidency, Stake President, Mission President, Director of a Temple Visitors' Center, and currently again as a Counselor in a Stake Presidency. I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth. It was restored by Jesus Christ himself. Joseph Smith Jr. was the Prophet of the restoration and an unbroken line of authority has existed in the Church since the Savior restored the priesthood and its keys. Joseph Smith Jr. translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God and it is a genuine "handbook" for our day as well as another testament of Jesus Christ. Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet today. The purpose of the Church is to provide the ordinances of salvation and exaltation for both the living and the dead.

How I live my faith

As well as serving in the Church, I serve as Chairman of a Community Action Team (CAT) which works under the direction of the Mayor and City Council to "maintain and enhance the quality of life" in our community. The team has access to all city departments and the team has a member of the police force who serves as team member. The CAT has worked to improve parks and trails, improve traffic safety at a troublesome intersection, promoted fire safety in homes and on vacant lots, watch for graffiti and possible illegal drug distribution, etc. My wife and I are also members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). We were CERT qualified by attending a month long course in the evenings. We learned how to suppress small fires, do limited search and rescue work, how to provide triage and first aid to disaster victims when regular "first responders" were overwhelmed by mass causalities. We were activated to help sandbag in a serious flooding event. Service in CAT and CERT have given me an opportunity to show those who are not LDS that Mormons are just "regular folks" who try to do the right things.