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Hi I'm Stan

I am an IT guy, a Bishop, a husband, a Father, a Grandpa Bubba and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I served 6 years in the Air Force and retired from the PA Air National Guard. I did heavy equipment operation in the military and eventually cross trained into Avionics. I went back to school in my late twenties for Electrical Engineering which led me to a career path that I currently work in, IT. I have an interest in metal detecting, scuba diving and 4 wheeling.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church along with my family when I was 8 years old. The missionaries came to our home in Johnson City, NY. Coming from a blended family of mine, yours and ours, we had a lot of struggles. When I reached the age of 16, I found myself homeless, my parents asked me to leave our home. Someone was watching over me as I walked along along a stretch of road in New York in the middle of a very cold winter day. A high school teacher picked me up and I revealed to him that I didn't have any place to live and that I was heading to Ithaca NY. He dropped me off at shelter for run aways. A young woman who was processing me in at the shelter was a student who was studying journalism and did an interview with a large LDS family the year before. She called them and asked if they could help me. This large family of 17 immediately came and got me from the shelter. I lived with them and 2 other families over the next 2 1/2 years. I felt loved and part of a family. I learned and observed how families can love each other and be united. I saw the power of the Priesthood in action in every home that I lived. My testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was strengthened. I knew that Heavenly Father loved me and sent me to those families to learn and grow. Their influence has shaped who I am and where I am today.

How I live my faith

I love reading the Book of Mormon. In the spring of 2000, I was deployed during the Bosnia Crisis. I committed at that time to read the Book of Mormon while I was away from my family. I was only gone several months, but I accomplished my goal of reading it. I have read it so many times since that I have lost count. I have developed a testimony of Jesus Chirst through reading the scriptures. It has been a source of strength and guidance in my life through many trials and struggles as I follow the counsel of Nephi, to liken the scriptures to our day. I was called as the Bishop of the Alexandria Ward on May 1, 2011. Reading the scriptures has helped prepare me for this calling. It has given me greater understanding and strength. It is through the scriptures that we can find out who we are, why we are here and where we are going.