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Hi I'm Fred Feller

I grew up in Berkeley, California. I moved to Washington State in 1977. I love backpacking and the mountains. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Berkeley, CA although I went to El Cerrito high school. I experienced the tumultuous times in the 1960s and saw the confusion of my friends as they tried to sort out changing social and moral values. Through all the noise and disruption of those times the message of the restored Church of Jesus Christ was a clear beacon that led me safely through. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sweden from 1968 to 1970. I loved getting to know the Swedish people and living among them and learning their language and customs. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1973 I married my wife, Mari, and we lived in San Francisco while I attended Hastings College of the Law. I passed the bar in California but entered the Army as a lawyer from 1977 to 1980. After the Army we stayed in Washington State where we raised our 4 children. I served as Chair of the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals from 1991 t0 1998 and I retired from the Army Reserve as colonel in 2007. I am still working as a workers' compensation judge. The Church has been the unifying feature of our family life. Each of our children has served full-time missions for the Church. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the path of happy daily family life. My wife and children are precious to me and I am grateful to know that these relationships can be eternal.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ because no other religion has been able to answer with clarity the questions of why we are here on this earth, where we came from before we lived here and where we are going after we die. There is a logic and practicality to the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that says to me, "this is right." But beyond logic and practicality there is a feeling of peace and confidence that comes through reading the Book of Mormon. I have never met anyone who read the Book of Mormon all the way through who did not come to believe that it is also the word of God like the Bible. These two books together help me realize that God lives and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. They help me understand why we need a Savior and how better to follow His example. The absolute key to understand and accept the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ (what some call, "Mormonism") is to try it out by reading the Book of Mormon, attending Church services and then asking God in personal, private prayer if it is true. Too many people worry and doubt when all they have to do is to take action. Faith is action added to belief; you obtain faith and knowledge by doing. John 7:17. I testify to all that God will give you the peace and confidence of an answer to your earnest seeking and prayer. You will know because it will feel right.

How I live my faith

The great thing about the Church is that it provides us the opportunity to serve each other. Every congregation is run by the members. We have no paid ministers. This means that we all have to pitch in to get things done. I have learned that you care most about the things you serve and the things you sacrifice for. Parents love their children because of all the effort they put into raising them. In a "Mormon" congregation we all serve each other which creates an investment in others that we cherish. We come to love each other because we serve each other. In my congregation over the years I have served as the Scoutmaster, Sunday School teacher and as leader of the congregation (which we refer to as a "bishop"). No one stays in one position for too long so that everyone gets different opportunities to serve and to learn. We keep our congregations on the small side (300 to 500 people) so that there is an opportunity for everyone to do something. No one sits on the sidelines in a "Mormon" congregation. I appreciate the Church's focus on the needs of every single individual with programs that provide social, cultural, intellectual, physical and spiritual opportunities. Our church buildings are designed support each of these human needs. The Church helps encourage every member to realize their potential and magnify and increase their talents and abilities. However, at the end of the day it is the service we provide to others that is the greatest source of peace and happiness in this life.