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Hi I'm Conrad

I am a retired Financial Advisor in Arizona. Raised in Logan Utah, I'm a father to 8, grandfather of 12. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a youth in the 1950s, my friends and I loved to build things like huts and hideouts, go carts made out of wood, buggy wheels and rope. Though fun to build, they didn't last long. We took turns driving while one kid pushed. We would crash, rebuild making improvements as we went. As a teen I loved working on cars. I became a skilled mechanic (cars were simple then) and at age 17, I was in charge of all minor mechanical repairs and tuneups at the gas station where I worked. August of 1958, four weeks before the start of my high school senior year, I went to Arizona to visit with my sister and her family. During a boating/waterskiing outing at Saguaro Lake near, Phoenix, I suffered a broken neck from a playful dive into the lake. I was paralyzed instantly from the neck down. After a few months I gained some use of my arms. 14 months later, confined to a wheelchair, I was released from the hospital to the loving care of my mother at home in Logan Utah. At age 20 my friend Paul and I past our ham radio tests and became FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operators. I remain active in this hobby, talking to people all over the world. I get a great deal of satisfaction vicariously traveling to other countries in this way. My call sign is K7QCZ. I invented the first automobile that could be driven from a wheelchair. In1967 I became Securities licensed and started a Financial Services Career in which I am still semi-active. I have been able to provide a good living for my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 4th Generation Mormon with a tremendous heritage to live up to. As a child, I always believed the church was true. My baptism at age 8 gave me a burning proof that my sins were forgiven. I remember this as though it were yesterday. I loved cars and developed a talent for working on them from a young age. At age 17, I became paralyzed from the neck down from a swimming accident. Having been a strong and active young man I was devastated. Why did this happen? What can I do now? My care required that I lay on a Stryker Frame in order to be turned face down to face up every 2 to hours . Surgery was necessary to repair a wound on my back. This required that I lie face down for seven weeks with nothing to see but the floor. After a few weeks of this I began to doubt the reason for my very existence. I had never prayed so hard to my Father in Heaven in my life. I asked what this life was all about and why was I to be paralyzed from the neck down for life? As I prayed I watched my tears hit the floor, and then I heard the Lord speak sweetly to my heart. He said, "Conrad, I created this Earth as my proving ground for my children." It is his plan to allow us to use our agency to sin and learn to repent using his atonement to make us clean again. No matter what happens to us in this mortal life, it will be but a moment compared to eternity. At age 28, I met and married my sweetheart with whom I enjoyed 28 wonderful years. At age 48 her life was cut short with a brain tumor which devastated us all. Her biggest concern was for me and my care. She said I should get married again and recommended her best friend, Louise. We have been married for 14 years and have developed a tremendous love for each other. I am so thankful for the knowledge of the purpose of life here on earth, which has set the tone for my life from age 17. After 53 years in a wheelchair I have led a full life and I am so thankful for my personal revelation which guides my life in happiness each day.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to teach many different age groups in their Sunday School classes. My two favorite classes are the 15 and 16-year-olds and the adult gospel doctrine class. I have had many teaching opportunities over the last 50 years and I have enjoyed this service greatly. I always learned more about the gospel topic in preparing to teach it than I could have any other way. I have also held leadership positions in our Sunday School Presidency, youth organization, and various Priesthood Quorums. I was recently released as a Family History Consultant after which I was called as a counselor in the Sunday School Presidency in which I now serve. I am also a home teacher assigned to three families to visit at least once each month. I am actively working on my personal family history and genealogy. I am having fun collecting photographs from picture albums and scanning them into my genealogy and family history computer program. My wife and look forward to attending our meetings each Sunday where we enjoy a good spirit from the lessons taught by youth and adult members of our congregation and the camaraderie of our Ward Family.