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Hi I'm Vern

I'm a father of seven and a grandfather to 15. I married my high school sweetheart in 1963. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My brother and I were raised by a single mother. My mom remarried when I was a teenager and I got three new step-brothers. I met my bride to be in my high school english class my junior year. After graduating from high school I enlisted in the Air Force. After completing my training I married my sweetheart and we moved to New Mexico where I was stationed. In our first two years of marriage I was only home half of the time due to military assignments. After four years and nine months I left the Air Force and we moved back home to Washington where I attended college with the intent to get a degree in Education. In my third year of college I saw a poster on campus recruiting police officers and decided to apply. I was hired as an officer in 1968. My new job allowed us to purchase acreage where we started the process of building our home. After 24 years I retired as an officer and obtained a civilian position with the same department where I continue to work today. I like to build things which has been a blessing. As our family expanded to total seven children so did our home. Through all the remodels I have gained skills in electrical, plumbing, framing, roofing, etc... Though most of our children have moved away they still live in our general area. We get together as a family at least monthly and with 15 grandchildren this fills the house fairly quickly. Recently my building hobby has been busy expanding the kids play area, finishing my wifes kitchen.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was eight years old along with my Mom and older brother. We remained active in the church for a couple years but when my Mother remarried we no longer attended. The lessons I learned during the brief time I was attending church about living a righteous gave me direction in my life. When I joined the Air Force they wanted to know what religion I was for my dog tags. Even though I hadn't attended many years I put down mormon. During my technical training one of the two latter-day saint chaplins in the entire United States Air Force at that time was stationed with me at Lowery Air Force Base outside of Dever, Co. Imagine my surprise as an Airman Basic being visted by a Captain I didn't know while performing latrine duty. He invited me to come to church services off base, which I did. After attending meetings for two or three months I graduated from technical school and received my first assigment. While I had been at training I was communicating by letter with my high sweethart who was my fiance. Unknown to me she had decided to take lessons from the mormon missionaries and was baptised. We had decided back when we were dating and discussing marriage that we wanted a unified religious household. When I completed training I returned home and we married. We were then transferred to New Mexico where we developed our deep testimonies of the gospel. Through my life experiences the gospel of Jesus Christ has become an even greater influence in my life. I can vividly recall kneeling down in the small barracks in Masawa, Japan after reading the Book of Mormon and knowing by the promptings of the Holy Spirit that what I had read was true. This knowledge has been reinforced by numerous experiences throughout the years and my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ has continued to grow.

How I live my faith

Throughout my years I have had many opportunities to serve in the church in many different positions. I have often worked with the youth; specifically with the young men in the Boy Scouts of America program. I was privilaged to be on a committee overseeing a scouting encampment which had over 10,000 scouts participating. Growing up in a housing project, and my experiences in working with the youth of the church were the main factors that directed me towards my profession as a police officer. I had a strong desire to assist young people find focus and purpose in their lives when faced with adversity. This desire was continually reinforced during my 24 years as a police officer dealing with people in many different, often negative, situations. During my tenure as an officer there have been several situations where I was placed in harms way but, through the direction of the Holy Spirit, was protected and my faith in living the principles of the gospel was strengthened.