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Hi I'm Art

I'm 69 years old, a Scouter, a Civil Air Patrol Chaplain, and a Veteran. I'm a husband, father, and grandpa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happy guy! I have been married for 47 years to a special and very dedicated, talented, and charitable daughter of Heavenly Father. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees. I am a retired Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. In addition to my day-time work I taught at several colleges. I tried to be the type of teacher that I appreciated. Most of my students were young people going into the workplace or older women who recently became single through divorce, or death or sickness of their spouse. I am an Eagle Scout and served a two-year proselyting mission in California, Arizona, and Nevada. My wife and all five of our children served missions. We have a very diverse multi-cultural family. My wife, our children and their families speak 9+ languages. I served in the US Army in Vietnam. We are a very patriotic family. In recent years I have been diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease, Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM). This is an untreatable disease that slowly takes away leg, arm, hand, finger, and swallowing muscles. I have become closer to our Savior and learned to much more depend on Him and His special angels. I have found joy in encouraging and helping others who have this and other forms of the disease.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother's ancestors accepted the re-establishment of the Gospel and the authority of Jesus Christ at the time of Joseph Smith. My father accepted the Gospel when I was about 14 years old. All sides of my family were good Christians who planted and nurtured God's love. As I was growing up I thrilled at the stories of Jesus and of those who served Him. I wanted to become like the Savior. Even though I fall way short, I have tried to be an energetic servant of the Savior. From the time I was a small child I rarely missed Sunday School, Tuesday after school classes, and daily scripture study classes in addition to my regular high school classes. I love history, I love knowing Heavenly Father's Plan, I love scientific logic. The re-established Gospel of Jesus Christ brings all knowledge together and provides a way for all of His children to learn of and accept Him--those who lived in the past, those alive now, and those yet to be born in the future. I like that, because it is right and true!

How I live my faith

I try to be a good person who is mindful and helpful of my neighbors and others. I learned from the wonderful example of my parents and grandparents to be helpful to everyone, especially those in need. Much of each day was spent making something, preparing something, or doing something for others. My parents housed and fed many people over the years. My own wife and children have tried to follow that example in our service. For over five years the seven of us helped welcome, care for, and assimilate Southeast Asians into our community. I have led two Church congregations, two men's service groups, and participated in many other "service to others" activities. Currently my wife and I are responsible to be special friends and helpers to six families in addition to our other charity work. I enjoy helping others when they attend the Temple. I was a soccer coach for several years. I have served in Scouting for many years, and continue to serve. I also wear the Cross of Christian Service for two squadrons as a Civil Air Patrol Chaplain. My wife and I tried diligently to rear a God-fearing, service-minded family. We have been blessed with 5 wonderful married children and 20 grandchildren who try to follow the Savior Jesus Christ. Recently my wife and I received calls to help those in the military and their families.