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Hi I'm Mel

I moved to Anchorage in 1949 and grew up there. My family joined the Church in 1958.

About Me

I was a civil engineer for my entire professional career. I was first an employee, then a partner, the president and CEO of DOWL Engineers, a civil engineering consulting firm in Anchorage. I loved my profession and enjoyed my career. My wife Sharon and I have been married 43 years. We have six adult children, five of whom are married, and we have 20 grandchildren. When I retired in the spring of 2007 my wife and I took an assignment from the Church to go to India where we presided over the India Bangalore Mission. Initially we were responsible for all of the Church's affairs in India and Nepal, then later Southern India and Sri Lanka. It was a fabulous experience we love both of those wonderful lands. We returned to Alaska July 1, 2010.

Why I am a Mormon

My family and I joined the Church as converts on October 3, 1958. We had a great family, but joining the Church made our family even better. Even as a boy of 11 I could tell there was a different, better feeling in our home when we started attending the Church and listening to the missionaries as they taught us in our home. At the time we joined my parents were 35 and 33. They are now in the late 80s. We often talk about what a tremendous difference for good their decision for us to join the Church has meant to our family. There are now over 60 of us who are active, members of the Church. It has made all the difference. I only have to look at my cousins to know what my life would be like if my family had not joined the Church.

How I live my faith

Since my wife and I returned from our three-year mission to India we have both continued to be active in our faith. My wife teaches the adult Gospel Doctrine Class in Sunday School each week. I work with 16 to 18 year old boys. I also teach at the local Church Institute at the University of Alaska Anchorage weekly. Both of us also work a 5-hour shift each Sunday at the Anchorage Alaska Temple. We also work with a committee that promotes and supports the Brigham Young University College of Engineering and Technology.