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Hi I'm Stan

I'm a Mormon. My progenitors have been Mormons for several generations. It's been great!

About Me

I am a retired electrical engineer. I have worked largely in the aerospace industry, primarily in developing and applying communication technology to earth satellites and spacecraft. It has been fascinating to see the developments in this and other technologies over my lifetime. During and after graduate school I have enjoyed teaching both undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering and mathematics courses. Skiing, hiking and camping have been enjoyable in earlier years. My wife and I have been able to visit many of the world's countries and have found an abundance of good and beautiful things. I have been a member and officer in two "service clubs," helping to build community spirit with wholesome activities for young and old. I have also been active as a young boy scout and as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America. All this is well and good, but the really important matter is that my lovely wife of sixty-five years and I have five children, twenty grandchildren and are well on our way to eighteeen great-grandchildren at the end of 2011. With spouses, that's a total of fifty-eight descendants. And they're all perfect!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. My progenitors have been members of the church for three and four generations. I was raised in a mostly Mormon community, having good friends both in and out of the church. I had no difficulty in believing the teachings of the church. They were logical and helpful in finding happiness in this life. We were taught that if individuals sincerely prayed to know if the Mormon church was correct in its teachings, they could receive a spiritual confirmation that it was correct. This was our message and challenge to our non-member friends. Although I had a firm belief in the church, ir wasn't until I reached adulthood that I felt the need to seek the promised spiritual confirmation. It appeared desirable, and if our challenge worked for non-members, it should work for members! Accordingly, I applied the test to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, as invited toward the end of the book in Moroni 10:4. In the wisdom of God, the answer came at a time when I was reading about the Savior's visit to this continent. The whispering of the Spirit was unmistakable. I learned first that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. Secondly, I learned that The Book of Mormon is true, and hence that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and the teachings of the church are true. This testimony has guided my life, and led me to much happiness. The test worked for me, as for milions of others; it can work for you!

How I live my faith

Having been raised in an active Mormon family, I have been busy in the church all of my life. In the early years, attendance at meetings and activities was pretty much it. Since then, in addition to attendance, I have held teaching and leadership positions in both youth and adult groups of local congregations. I have served as a bishop, presiding over a local congregation, and as a counselor to the leader of a group of several local congregations. The temples of the Mormon church are edifices in which members in good standing may participate in ordinances where they learn more of their relationship with our Heavenly Father, and make covenants preparing themselves to return to his presence. Furthermore, since these ordinances are vital for all (see John 3 re baptism), living members may act as proxies for the dead in making the ordinances available to all who have lived on the earth. The dead may accept or reject these ordinances, according to their free will. These ordinances include baptism for the dead, as mentioned by Paul (I Corinthians 15:29), and marrying of a man and a woman for time and for all eternity (as opposed to "until death do you part." Peter was given this "binding power (see Mathew 16:19). My wife and I have been able to work in a nearby temple, helping attendees accomplish their purposes by administering the ordinances of the temple. Recently, we have been able to serve a mission for the church in another state, working in a temple there.