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Hi I'm Fred

I enjoy being outdoors. I love people. I know the pain of losing a child. I am the president of a mining company. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father is a convert to the church and my mother is a descendent of the mormon pioneers. I am proud of my Scottish and Swiss heritage. I chose to follow in the footsteps of my father and become a mining engineer. I am a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines. Miners are a rough group, but there are many wonderful people in the industry. It is like a big family and I am lucky to be one of them. My family and I lived in Latin America for 11 years. We celebrated the birth of a son during this time and shortly before his second birthday, we lost this dear boy to a viral infection. I know the pain of the loss of a loved one. I love my wife and our two daughters. In my spare time, I head to the mountains - hunting, skiing, or exploring jeep roads on my ATV (anything to get out of the city). I love people and never pass up a chance to talk to people. No matter where I travel, I find people who live fascinating lives. I admire the conviction and determination of the people I meet. I have lived among very humble and poor people of the world and associated with the leaders of nations and large companies. I have observed that one common denominator is our love for our famillies. I want to be a good father and a wonderful husband. I want make a difference in the world. I value honesty and integrity. I want to be remembered for being a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a mormon. Mom took us to church before my father joined the church. Since the time that he joined the church, it has been a real part of our family. I served a mission and feel that I have always known it was true, but it was not until our son died that I felt the infinite love of my Savior. The pain of our son's death was somehow swallowed up and replaced by the peace that comes from the Comforter. I know that Jesus understands the pain we felt. I cannot express the gratitude I feel for my Heavenly Father, who let me know in that difficult time that he loves me. My testimony is rooted in simple things. Scripture study and prayer are key nutrients. I treasure those moments when I feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost. There is nothing more sacred than the sweet promptings of the Holy Spirit. I have found that when I live as God wants me to live and seek his counsel that he blesses me. Ideas come to mind that help me and my family, and they are accompanied by the spiritual confirmation that reminds me that they are not my own ideas. As I have invested time in studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I have come to know that they are both divine witnesses of Jesus Christ. They lead us to him. I know that it is only through him that we can return to live in the presence of God. I, like all men, fall short of the mark and must rely on the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ, but I know that He is willing and able to lift me up. The Lord has called prophets to declare his word, and I consider it a great blessing to live on the earth in a time when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord. Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet today and he is one of many who have been divinely called to lead this church. Like all members of the church, I honor Joseph Smith as a prophet and instrument in the hand of the Lord in the esablishing the church. The priesthood of God was restored through him and is found in the chursh today. It blesses our lives.

How I live my faith

Service is a part of our way of life. I suppose that I really learned what this means when I served as a missionary for two years. I learned to care for and about others more than I cared about myself. I have had the opportunity to serve in many ways in the church. In Latin America I had the opportunity to work closely with a couple of widows and other women who had been abandoned by their husbands. I was reminded that God loves these women and sends others to do his work. What a blessing it was for me to associate with them. I now serve in a capacity that allows me to counsel with and teach the leaders of local congregations. As we have no paid ministry, these men are called by inspiration and willingly accept the responsibility of leadership. It is a sacrifice for them and their families. I love working with them and seeing them grow in their responsbilities. I consider that my greatest responsibility is to my family. We try to hold a family home evening every week. Sometimes it just doesn't work out, but I know that it is my responsibility as a father to teach my family and family home evening is a wonderful opportunity. It is very important to me, that my children know that I love their mother. I appreciate all that my sweetheart does to bring a spirit of love and harmony into our home. I believe that we have an obligation to serve others as well. I look for opportunites to help my neighbors and serve others in my community. I have learned that there are many small ways to help lift others and make their burdens more bearable. In my travels I find that a smile is simple gift that is almost always received with gratitude and reciprocated.