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Hi I'm Boyd Hoglund

I'm a Mormon. I am currently living in Florida with my wonderful wife to whom I have been married for 52 years.

About Me

I was raised in American Fork, Utah. I was involved in athletics being able to letter in 5 sports. My high school years laid a good foundation for me because of the influence of my close friends and schoolmates. After graduation from high school I attended Brigham Young University for two years before accepting a call to represent the Lord Jesus Christ as a full time missionary in Sweden. In addition to gaining a strong testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, I became acquainted with my future wife. LaDene was serving as a full time missionary likewise. Upon completion of our missions we began dating and were ultimately married in the Salt Lake Temple. We have been blessed to have two daughters and two sons. We have 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren Because of my employment with the JCPenney Company, we have had the blessing of living in various cities and states, such as Idaho, Utah, Missouri, and New Jersey. We have had the blessing of serving in the church in a variety of teaching and administrative calls. In addition to being a great wife and mother, LaDene has served as teacher of youth and adults, president of the woman's Relief Society and the children's Primary. I have had the opportunity to serve on high councils, a bishop, stake president, mission president and most recently as president of the Orlando Florida Temple. As a mission and temple president, LaDene has served at my side as a loyal and dedicated companion.

Why I am a Mormon

I have the good fortune of having a great heritage of grandparents who sacrificed much in order to enjoy the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My father's parents joined the church as teenagers in Sweden, but didn't meet until they had immigrated to America. Both of them were asked to decide between family and the Church and they selected the Church. My mother's parents likewise sacrificed much in giving up the comforts of home to come to America. What great examples of dedication they have been for me. My parents continued this great example of devotion and dedication to the Church and raised their children to love the Lord. Being raised in a LDS home it was natural that as a youth I followed the example of my great parents. During my youth, I did not know anything other than the LDS Church. When I accepted my called to serve as a full time missionary in Sweden I was ultimately confronted with people who believe differently than me. It was at that point in my life that I knew that I could no longer rely on my parents example, but must find out for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was really true. I set aside a period of time wherein I dedicated myself to fasting, prayer and reading the Bible and Book of Mormon. It was during this time that I received the most sacred answer to my prayers in receiving the personal revelation confirming that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Since that sacred experience there has never been a doubt as to the validity of the Gospel doctrine. To that end my wife and I have done as our parents did in striving to raise our children in righteousness by following the foundational precepts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why am I Mormon? It is easy because through study, service and comparison, I have yet to find any other doctrine that so clearly brings me to Christ. Being led by a living prophet of God brings peace, joy and comfort to my life.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides the opportunity to serve within each congregation. The Church encourages us to be loyal citizens of the country in which we reside; for me that is the United States of America. None who serve in the various local congregations are paid in that each congregation is directed by a lay ministry. To this end every one who serves in a teaching or administrative postion does so out love for their fellow man and love for the Savior. I have come to know that the more I serve my fellow man, the more I come to love my Savior. Members of the Church are asked to donate a tithing (1/10) of their income. Many years ago I determined that if the Lord wanted 1/10 of my income, then I want to give 1/10 of my time to serving the Lord. To that end I have left my schooling, employment and other responsibilities to accept full time callings. I served for 2 1/2 years in Sweden as a full time missionary; I served for 3 years as a mission president in the Montana Billings Mission and most recently I served for 3 years as president of the Orlando Florida Temple. That accounts for 8 1/2 years of full time service to our Lord. During those years when we haven't been away on missions, we have accepted callings to serve in teaching and administrative positiions. One of the great blessings has been to serve various individuals and families within the various congregations in which we lived over the years. The Church encourages us to be good citizens. Currently my wife is serving as the Florida State President of the American Mother's Inc Over the years I have served as educational chairman for the American Cancer Society, Board of Directors for a city Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for private school, volunteer for March of Dimes, fund raising chairman for Rotary club, postions with Toastmasters International.