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Hi I'm Fred

I’m a pastor’s son, a Rutgers graduate, a former New Yorker and a retired medical school librarian. Yes, I’m a Mormon.

About Me

As a librarian, I love books, reading and intellectual pursuits. One of my favorite things is to collect miniature books on every imaginable subject. Because they are so small, our library of several thousand tiny volumes easily fits in a large closet! My wonderful family and my Church however mean more to me than all the books in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Years ago, after meeting some clean cut young missionaries from Utah, my father, a Congregational minister, listened to their curious message, and invited them home for dinner. We were fascinated by their story of Joseph Smith’s revelations, but never considered conversion until we were introduced to the Book of Mormon. It claims to be an ancient record, another testament of Jesus Christ and makes incredible promises to sincere students of the book. After several weeks of reading, my own desire to convert came as the result of a very real answer to my prayers. One Sunday morning while visiting the small branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in our town, I was filled with a quiet, powerful voice from within declaring, “The Book of Mormon is really true! This is the Word of God!” Suddenly I knew it with a spiritual certainty that I never imagined possible. Receiving this answer was harder for Mother and Father who struggled for months to know what they should do. In the end, they made the courageous decision to go with their conscience. They gave up much that was dear—a professional vocation, their salaried position and ministry to a large and beloved congregation, good friends, a pension, and our home in the church-owned parsonage. With great joy, we were all received into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sacrifice of virtually everything for our new-found faith in Mormonism now seems small indeed. Mother and Father were quickly blessed to find new employment, new friends and a new and happy life in the Church. A few years later, I myself, became a Mormon missionary in Germany. Our membership in the Church and our knowledge of its truths have changed us forever in wonderful ways. They bring us closer to Christ every day and are the guiding spirit and joy of our lives.

How I live my faith

The Church helps me come to Christ daily through the opportunities it gives me for consecrated work, service and worship. I loved my career in medical librarianship. I was able to help so many students, professionals and people in the community with vital, health-information needs. At times, I know it made a difference. I think we made our greatest contribution as parents of seven wonderful children who have grown up to have their own great families. My wife and I were youth and scout leaders in the Church for over 30 years. After retirement, we were privileged to serve an 18-month mission to a community in the deep South where we really felt needed. This is how we have been able to live our faith.