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Hi I'm Rudy

I hiked from Mexico to Canada. I earned a Ph.D. I flew myself to Barrow Alaska. I have 18 grandchildren. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always felt loved by my parents. They taught me the value of music, nature, family, hardwork, integrity and God. I took my first piano lesson at five years old and still enjoy playing several times a week. I married my high school sweetheart and we reared four wonderful children who have given us 18 grandchildren. All our children are great people and great parents - worth emulating. After military service during the Vietnam War, I became a flight instructor, operated a flight school and taught many to fly in a variety of single and twin engine airplanes. Flying myself to Barrow, Nome, Juneau and other places in Alaska was a thrill. When the aviation economy crashed, I returned to school and earned a Ph.D. and then worked in industry and taught at local universities. I still enjoy hiking, especially in the mountains, and do it each month throughout the year. A few years ago I thru-hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada - 2,651 miles. A highlight of my life. We, our children, and their families belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and have used it's teaching and doctrines to bless our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, my mom was a less-active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and my dad was not a member. From my earliest years, Mom read me Bible stories through which I obtained a sense of God. We usually attended church, but because we often moved in the United States and Europe, we attended whatever protestant church was nearby. During a period that we attended the LDS church, I was baptised. We soon moved back to Europe and I lost touch. After being married, my wife asked LDS missionaries to teach her and was baptized. On New Year's Eve of 1974 I made a resolution to learn of God myself. It was an amazing experience as I immersed myself in the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine of Covenants, Pearl of Great Price and many books about the restoration of the LDS church. I also attended church each week and prayed about my quest. In April I received a physically felt spiritual manifestation that left me with absolute certainty that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the church of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon is true scripture, a living prophet does preside over the church, prayers are answered, and all the teachings, doctrines, ordinances, etc. of the church come from God. I could no longer question or deny this. I have tried to live in harmony with this knowledge. Happily, my Mom became fully active and devoted much of her later years to doing Temple work for our ancestors and others.

How I live my faith

Because of our certainty about the divinity and truthfulness of our church, we have reared our children in the church, sealed our family in the Temple, served in many callings, and are ever grateful to be members. Daily prayer and scripture study, along with attending church and serving others, is how we live our faith. While our sons earned Eagle Scout awards, I was heavily involved in scouting. I serve wherever I am called which has involved many ward and stake leadership positions every where we have lived. I served in the Temple for six years and on Stake High Councils for many more years. Currently one of my responsibilities is to help 14-15 year old young men and young women mature in their faith, learn to serve others, and be good family members. I also hometeach families in our ward and participate in service projects when I can. I have a deep sense of gratitude for the priviledge of being a member and the influence membership has had on me and on my family.