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Hi I'm Howard

I'm and engineer, chemist, father, grandfather, teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are the parents of 13 of our own children and have also had numerous foster children and troubled youth live in our home. I have lived in many countries including: Australia, England, Spain, Saudi Arabia and many states in the United States. I lived so many places so I could provide for my large family. I have B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, chemistry, and counseling and have worked in all these areas. After working in the Air Force and manufacturing for many years I taught math and science in high school. I currently work for Pella making windows. My favorite things are being with my family, fixing things and helping people.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and family are mostly members of the LDS Church. My ancestors were some of the first people to join the church because they were looking for truth they hadn't found in religion. Even though I was raised in the Church I had to find out for myself that the things the Church teaches and claims are true. I knew the Lord answered prayers from my youth and when I asked God if the claims the Church made were true He let me know they were, even though His answer was an "of course you know it is true" kind of answer. He has played an important part of my life. In my youth I had numerous occasions where my life could have been taken and I knew He answered prayers and protected me from harm. This included a serious accident with a tractor when I was 8, falling off a running horse onto a rock, having a wagon filled with hay lifted over the tractor I was driving, nearly drowning, having the steering fail on a tractor and going through a cement wall, and many others. God lives and loves us. He answers prayers. He has answered mine and let me know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church and he leads it. On one occasion I had a severe cramp as I was sleeping that doubled me over and wouldn't go away. As I lay doubled up on the floor I told God if He would make it go away I would serve him the rest of my life. As soon as I said that my pain completely disappeared. I was hooked. I had made a promise to God and He had answered my pray. I knew He existed and loved me. I have tried to live up to my promise, but have fallen short at times. If you search and ponder sincerely and pray to find out His Church is true He will answer your prayer. One of the best ways to do this is to get a Book of Mormon study and ponder whether the things in it are God's work or if a young man with a 5th grade education wrote it. He (God) has promise He will answer the prayers of those who do this. I wish you the best in your quest.

How I live my faith

I recently moved my family to Bassett and we are anxious to serve in any way possible. Even though we are new to the area the Branch has me home teaching. Ideally every member of the Branch gets visited every month to do those things Christ would do if He were able to visit them. I have four wonderful families to visit and look forward to helping them become more like Christ, become a closer family, improve their ability to provide for their family, and many other things. I am also the High Priest Group Leader and Assistant Clerk for the Stake. This means I get to help the saints in middle and western Nebraska as the serve the Lord. In Bassett I am also the 1 act play director and senior sponsor. I am sponsoring a MathCounts team for 6th - 8th graders. I felt like God lead me to the community and I am looking forward to help in many other ways.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Our lifestyle is full of love and helping. As I talk to people from other churches about how they think people who follow Christ should live I find we believe the same things. We just seem to try harder to do it. Show more Show less