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Hi I'm Fred

I hike and camp, take my kids to soccer practice and love to cook and oh yeah, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Just your average guy with a wife and three kids. I grew up in Baraboo, a small town in Wisconsin and former winter home to the Ringling Brothers Circus Which I always thought was pretty cool. I really like to hike and camp but I don't get to go as much as I would like. I am a computer geek who loves what I dowhich mixes in great with my love of gadgets of all sorts. My wife rolls her eyes when I get all geeked out over something, but puts up with me nonetheless. We have three kids who sometimes make me laugh and sometimes want run out into the back yard to scream. I love to cook, and am learning the art of the smoker. My favorite foods are probably smoked pulled pork and sushi but I will try (almost) anything once. I also love cartoons, Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, Star Wars and anything else that is holding my attention at the moment.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't always want to be a Mormon. As a senior in high school I couldn't have cared less about religion and regularly missed attending church on Sundays or would end up sneaking out at some point during our meetings. One night I was talking to my sister Diane who was home from college for the weekend and expressed my feelings and thoughts about religion. Diane looked me in the eye and told me that she knew that the church was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon was scripture. My sister didn't know it at the time but that conversation changed my life, not immediately, but it was the catalyst for change that made me want to be a member of the LDS church and live life with the same testimony that she had. Years later, after getting married and trying unsuccessfully for some time, my wife and I finally had our first child, a son. As with most new parents we were nervous and excited and then even more nervous and when the happy day came and we saw that perfect little boy it was truly one of the great moments of my life. It didn't take long for the really hard part to kick in, we found out the next day that our little boy had severe brain damage and was not expected to live or at best be totally dependent on us for care. The seed of faith that was planted by my sister and then nurtured through many years was the only thing that kept me from despair. Having a solid foundation of faith gave me the strength and courage to face the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges brought about by our still-perfect-to-me child. For the past 11 years I have had the privilege of taking care of this very special son of God and without the understanding of what we are here for and where we are going that I learned by being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I do not believe that I could have endured. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have participated in many volunteer positions within my church, from teaching children, to teaching adults to being the clerk of my student ward/congregation while I was in college. I have especially enjoyed my opportunities to teach. I really get a lot of satisfaction from seeing the look on someone's face when he finally understands a gospel principal and how it can make his life better. Right now I am the 11-year old scout leader in my ward. These boys are amazing and having grown up around the scouting program it is a great experience for me to teach them what it means to be a scout and help them to learn skills and principles that they can use throughout their lives. For me, living my faith is about being the best that I can be and then helping others to reach their full potential.