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Hi I'm Vern

I'm a Mormon. I'm a former Minnesotan, Coloradoan, Californian, Utahan, and ended up in Colorado.

About Me

I'm retired and my wife is retired. I got a degree in mathematics. Worked for Martin Marietta Corp. for a couple years, then joined the Air Force and spent time at Edwards Air Force Base in California. There I met my wife and got married. Her good influence was instrumental in my joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I came from a large family on my mother's side and my dad's side and there were a number of different churches involved. They were good churches and my family members were good people. I was led to accept Jesus as my Savior and that was a very good experience! When I went to College the church I grew up with wasn't there so I went to a friend's church. I joined a group called the Campus Crusade for Christ and one day was asked a very difficult question: "What is a Christian?" It was disturbing to me. The Apostle Paul taught: "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." (Ephesians 4:5) There is one Jesus Christ. But not "one faith" and not "one baptism".

Why I am a Mormon

Dates with my wife-to-be were filled with discussions about religion that answered a lot of my questions. The Bible tells us about sacred structures like the Tabernacle and then beautiful Temples like the Temple of Solomon and their destruction and replacements. Jesus cleansed the Temple at Jerusalem at least a couple times to drive out the money changers. And it was destroyed. What were Simeon and Anna doing there when Jesus was brought to be circumsized? The Bible speaks of ordinances, but doesn't say much about what they are. Joining the Church has been a wonderful experience for me. I wasn't a fisherman like Peter, James, and John, but a computer programmer by profession, and I got to do the Lord's work too, in the various callings that I was given to do. As a holder of the Priesthood, it was my privilege to give my 5 children their blessings shortly after they were born, to baptize them when they reached the age of accountabilty (8 years old), and to confer upon my sons the Aaronic and Melchisedek Priesthoods when they were old enough. There were so many things that made sense to me. The Book of Mormon is an answer to the Lord's statement: "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also must I bring that there may be one fold and one shepherd."(John 10:16) Another beautiful thing that is done in the Church is the "law of the fast" addressed by Isaiah in chapter 58. Once a month we fast for two meals and give to the fast offering the cost of the meals(or more if we can)which provides the Church funds to help those in need. The Nephite people of the Book of Mormon were some of the "other Sheep". In the Book of Mormon there is an account of the Lord appearing to them after his resurrection, setting up his Church with apostles as he did with the Jews. And gave them this direction on how to conduct themselves: "Therefore what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am."(3 Nephi 27:27, see also John 13:34-35, John 15:12)

How I live my faith

My first calling was to be a counselor to young men who were 16 and older. It was a good preparation for my having teenagers myself. I've had quite a few callings in the Church and each has helped me develop my spiritual life and it helped me appreciate the early apostles who came from a number of non-clergy professions. Each month it is my duty to pay a visit to 5 families to bring them a short spiritual lesson and be a source of help in case they have temperal needs. Temple work has been a beautiful experience for me. Temples are sacred and beautiful Houses of the Lord. 1Peter 3:19-20 and 1 Peter 4:6 speak of work for those who have passed on and what can be done for them. How many people have lived on this earth without knowing of the role of our Savior Jesus Christ? Peter's words tell us there is hope for them. The Apostle Paul mentions baptism for the dead in 1 Cor 15:29. If it was something that shouldn't be done, Paul would have been the first to point it out, but he was using it here as a positive argument for the resurrection. It is an ordinance that can be accomplished in our temples.