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Hi I'm Vince

I am a toxicologist, a gardener, a father and a grandpa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a toxicologist by training and have practiced in that profession for over 20 years. All of those years working to make sure that the non prescription and presciption medications are generally safe for those people that use them. I obtained a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy and a PhD in Toxicology after 8.5 years of study and spent 6.5 years at the National Institutes of Heath conducting studies on the transport of metals into the brain prior to my practice of toxicology. As a young boy in the Pacific Northwest, I learn to love gardening from my grandmother and have grown gardens in many parts of the United States (WA, UT, CT, OH and CO). Heavenly Father provided us with earth, water, air and seeds to make wonderful plants spring from the ground providing both nourishment and beauty. Most significantly I am the father of 3 fine young men, each striving to contribute to the betterment of themselves and those around them. They were all Eagle Scouts and all served a mission for the Church. The first of the three is now married to a wonderful wife and I am the happy grandpa of a beautiful 1 year old grandson. I have hope for the future as I look to my sons and so many other wonderful young men and women as they strive to make the world a better place.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a home that was not religious at all. My interest in science lead me to believe that those that believed in Heavenly Father and his Son were misguided and foolish. However through all of this I could not stop thinking that science does not explain everything. While in Pharmacy School, I was given a Bible and started reading and praying. During one of my prayers I came to know that Christ was my Savior and that there was indeed a Heavenly Father. After graduation from Pharmacy School, I attended graduate school at the University of Utah and started in earnest to look for a church to attend. I found a non-denominational Christian Church and also attended some of the meetings of the Campus Crusade for Christ. During this time, I had the opportunity to meet students and professors alike that were members of the Mormon Church and found them to be caring and Christ-like people. My brethren in the Campus Crusade indicated that the Mormons were not Christians. I could not reconcile this statement with the examples set by the Mormon people that I had met. After all, did not Christ say "By their fruits, you shall know them". I visited the Mormon Church, talked to members and prayed to know what was true. The answer came after several weeks of conversation, study and prayer: Try it and see! Imagine the surprise on the Missionaries faces when I said that I had already decided to join the Church and I needed them to show me how. I have been a member of church for 31 years and I can testify that I indeed saw and continue to see the blessings and joys of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Clerk of my congregation or ward. As Clerk, I ensure that membership and financial records are up to date and accurate. In addition, I assist the congregation leader or Bishop by providing minutes at church leadership meetings. It is important that these records are maintained so that each brother and sister in the congregation is known and can receive the full blessings of membership in the Church. I also have served in various capacities in the Boy Scouts of America. Boys 8 to 18 in the Church in addition to the spiritual teachings in church and are taught important principles and skill via the Cub and Boy Scout programs. Currently, I am a counselor for several merit badges. Another way I serve is to help members and non members at the Family History Center to find there ancestors through genealogical research. In our temples, those that have passed can have the necessary ordinances (baptism, etc.) done for them by having worthy members do the ordinances as proxies. Of course, one needs to find them before the ordinances can be performed. I serve as a home teacher to four families in my congregation. My home teaching companion and I visit these families at least once a month giving them lessons and assisting them in anyway that we are able. Being a home teacher is a wonderful way to get to know and help your brothers and sisters. I live my faith by striving to be honest in my dealings to everyone I meet, to help those in need and to assist as often as I am available at home, at Church and in my community.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Vince
Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the restored Church of Jesus Christ. He like all prophets is a man and a servant and messenger of our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. He is honored and revered by members of the Church for his efforts and perseverance in assisting the Lord Jesus Christ in restoring His Church upon the Earth , but he is not worshiped. Heavenly Father is the object of our worship. Show more Show less