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Hi I'm Vern

I grew up in the USA. I have lived abroad in Australia as well as Brazil. I served a mission in Brazil. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play tennis, softball, swimming, camping, fishing and love to play games. I am a proud father of two great boys and have a beautiful and wonderful wife. Both boys have graduated from high school. One is currently going to college after serving a honorable mission. I have a master's degree in Software Engineering. In fact, I have developed many applications professionally for the internet, intranet, and client/server applications. In general, I love life!

Why I am a Mormon

Despite what one might think, I did not always want to be a Mormon. I was born and raised in a Mormon home. I was fine with the concept growing up until I was about 11 years old. At which time my other siblings were also displaying no interest in going to church. Once I became a teenager, the desire to be a Mormon was not the foremost thing in my mind. In fact, I had developed some bad habits that would prove to be non-productive in my personal life. Many years had passed. I felt like I was not progressing in life. I also knew that my bad habits had a greater hold on my life than they should. I knew that I needed to change somehow. I decided that I would trust in the Lord and read the scriptures. I began reading from the Bible along with the Book of Mormon (BOM). The Bible was a challenge for me to read not to mention understanding the way it was written in the "old" language style. However, My goal was to read a chapter of each daily until I received an answer from God. This included going to church every Sunday. Finally one day while I had finished reading my scriptures, I knelt down to ask God whether the Book of Mormon was true or not (challenging the promise given in BOM - Moroni chapter 10 versus 3-5). I had been praying for months seeking an answer; finally while praying one day, I was overcome with a extremely peaceful powerful feeling that I cannot fully describe. At the same time I envisoned in my mind Christ coming down from the clouds with angels. This was so real that I knew that the Lord was speaking to me through the Spirit. I could not deny this spiritual experience that I had while praying to know that the BOM was true or not. From this experience I gained a knowledge that the Book of Mormon is true and Christ Lives! This changed my life 180 degrees I became more productive and served a mission. All the bad habits no longer was part of my life and blessings started to replace the wrongs.

How I live my faith

Currently I volunteer as a genealogist. Every Tuesday night, I donate 2 hours of my time along with my wife to aid people that come to the Family History Center. If there is no one to assist in researching their ancestors, we both work on our genealogy. I am a novice genealogist. However, I was able to find about 10 extra people from my father's line. This was exciting. I did receive help from www.ellisisland.org that had the manifest information that linked my great-grandfather's bother's family. I have Russian and German acestory. I have had other opportunies serving in the past in which I have worked with youth in activities such as Boy Scouts of America(BSA) - scout camp, other camp-outs and other activities that help develop these youth to be actively involved in good works such as service projects. Aiding and assisting these youth to progress in the various programs that the church supports. I have along with my wife served as teachers during Sunday school for youth as well as for adults. I try always to go to church every Sunday. Church for a typical Mormon on Sunday is three hours long. The reason for such a long time, is that we attend a sacrament meeting that helps us to remember to repent of the wrongs that we might have committed during the past week. We recommit to our covenants that we made during baptism. There are volunteer speakers assigned to address specific religious topics including singing hymns and praying. After this meeting we attend Sunday School to learn from the Bible and other scriptures in an open format discussion. This year we are studying the New Testament in the Bible. The final meeting is our priesthood meeting. It is here that we meet with other men to discuss religious topics that help us as men to become the best we can by following the Savior's example via the scriptures. We openly discuss the scriptures and how we might implement the concepts into our daily lives.