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Hi I'm Fred

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Arizona all my life and love living here. My father is also a native of Arizona and joined the church when he was 20. My mother was also raised in the church and was a major influence in my father's finding and accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of these wonderful parents I had the great opportunity to be raised in the mormon church and Oh what a wonderful blessing. I had the opportunity to learn the gospel from living Prophets and Apostles and from priesthood leaders such as my father who were righteous examples of men of integrity. I am a High School Math teacher and Coach by trade. I decided to become a teacher and a coach 21 years ago because I wanted to try and make a positive difference in the lives of kids. I love teaching and coaching. I coached football for 10 years and then switched to track and field when my daughter got in high school and started participating in track. They needed a coach so I got hooked and have been coaching track ever since. One of the great blessings of being a member of the mormon church is everyone gets a job in the church called a "Calling". I have had many callings since I was a youth. I have been a teacher,scout master and Bishop among others. Currently I have the opportunity of serving in the Prison Ministries in our area. I go each week to the prison and share the message of the Savior and his gospel to those that are incarcerated. I am amazed at the spirit we feel as we go visit these men each week.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel that I am a Mormon because of the wonderful choices of my parents that allowed me to be raised in the church but as happens with every member born in the church or a convert, there comes a time when we have to know for ourselves if the church is true. This happened to me as I turned 19 and was ready to go on a mission. I had readily accepted the teachings of the church as I was growing up. I felt the spirit many times during these early years telling me the church was true but as I thought about going out and teaching the gospel to others and bearing testimony that it was true I really began to search inward asking myself " Is this church really the Church of Jesus Christ?" I began reading the Book of Mormon, Bible and the other scriptures diligently and praying and asking that question. It took me several months but it was at a little white house in Colon, Panama, 32 years ago that my witness came. I was teaching a family about the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith and all of a sudden into my heart came the assurance so strong that I will never forget it. I knew at that instant by the power of the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith was indeed a Prophet and that the church was restored to the earth by Jesus Christ through him. Since that time I have had many experiences when the Holy Ghost has testified to my soul that this message of the restored gospel is true. The last time it happened was Tuesday. I went to the Homeland Security Prison to share with those many who were incarcerated for being in the county illegally a message of Christ. As we were speaking, the spirit directed me to share with them the message of the restoration and that the Book Mormon is another testimony along with the Bible of Jesus Christ. There were 30 men there, none of which were members of the church, but the spirit spoke to each heart and filled us with such a sweet feeling of love and assurance that what we were speaking of was true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a person of Integrity and honesty. I have such wonderful examples in my own Father and Grandfather and in the priesthood leaders I have been privileged to know. I have tried to follow their examples. One of the reasons I became a teacher and coach is so that I could try and be a good role model for the youth I work with. I try always to use appropriate language and treat them with respect and love. As a coach I have tried to teach my players the importance of good sportsmanship as well as the importance of striving for excellence. That is one reason I love track and field. I want them to know that winning is doing your best. Setting a PR (a new personal record) each time you go out. So many things in this world are about competition and comparing but the Lord does not compare us with each other. He only compare me with me. He wants us to set a new PR as often as we can and to strive to become the best we can be but he does not compare us to someone else. One of the other opportunities I am enjoying is getting to serve in the prison ministries in our area. I at first was a little scared to go into the prison and visit with those men and women who are there but I have found that it is a very rewarding experience. I get to go and bring them hope through the atonement of Jesus Christ. They are always so gracious and appreciative of our visit. They are humble and anxious to make changes in their lives and that is what the gospel is all about. As one priesthood leader said, "We have a front row seat to the Atonement of Jesus Christ". This is so true. One week we visited with a man who was trying hard to change his life around so he could get out and become a good father to his children. He asked us to pray for him to be moved from his cell so he would not have to see all the pornography the others had on the walls. He explained that moving cells was very rare. The next week he came to our meeting so happy. His prayer had been answered.