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Hi I'm Gordon Kearl

I grew up in Los Angeles, served 28 years as an Air Force pilot and 20 years as a financial consultant. Now retired. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My bride Dianne and I have been married 56 years and are the parents of four children, eleven grandchildren and one grandchild. I received a BA degree in psychology and a high school teaching certificate from Occidental College, CA and a MS degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. I taught high school in Los Angeles prior to entering active duty with the US Air Force. I was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in 1957 and completed jet pilot training in 1959. I was assigned to SAC and served 10 years as a B-52 bomber pilot. Later, I became a B-52 wing vice commander in Maine and a wing commander in Arkansas. I spent over 13 years at SAC headquarters developing strategic nuclear war plans and an additional five years in Washington DC at Headquarters, US Air Force and the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. I served two combat tours in Vietnam. After retiring as a Colonel in 1985, I began my own business as a family financial planner in Omaha, Nebraska. In1992 I became a senior executive with an international financial planning organization in Texas. We moved to Arizona in 2002 where I founded Rim Consulting and specialized in strategic planning for small businesses and non-profit organizations. I was elected to the Show Low City Council, served as Vice Mayor and later was hired as the Executive Director of the Show Low Chamber of Commerce. My interests include Church work, reading, music, U.S. and local history, and cinema arts.

Why I am a Mormon

Four generations ago, my ancestors, John and Ann Kearl, became converts to “Mormonism.” They left their comfortable home in England and journeyed several weeks on a crowded sailing ship to New Orleans. Their only child, Ellen, died at sea during an epidemic. John and Ann continued their exodus by steam boat up the Mississippi River to St. Louis. From there they journeyed by wagon to Utah to settle with the other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John and Ann made the journey because they had an unshakable testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. That legacy was passed to me by pioneer grandparents and my "goodly" parents and prompted me to gain my own testimony as a teenager. I have studied, pondered and "feasted" upon the Book of Mormon for over 60 years. This book affirmed that Jesus is the Christ and the Jehovah of the Old Testament. I know it is the “Stick of Joseph” referred to in Ezekiel 37 and it confirms the truths of the Holy Bible which I revere. Because of Book of Mormon teachings, I know where I came from, that I have heavenly parents that know and love me, why I am here on the earth and what I can expect during this mortal probation, and what I need to do to have my family and my testimony remain with me throughout all eternity.

How I live my faith

I am 76 years old. By now, living my faith is routine. I have been a member of the Church since my baptism at age eight. I was ordained to the priesthood of God as a teen, married my high school sweetheart for "time and eternity" in a temple of the Lord, raised a family and have served in church positions throughout my adult life. I learned how to repent and why the atonement of Jesus Christ allows me to do so. I pray and study the scriptures daily, teach and provide leadership in my church congregation each week, visit families and worship in a temple monthly, and contribute to the Lord 10% of my income annually. I sustain the Lord's servants on the earth today including a living prophet. And I love my wife and children no matter what. And yes, I am still learning how to behave as a saint in the latter-days.