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Hi I'm Stan Moulton

I like science, music, cave exploring, and writing. I've worked in weather forecasting and chemical engineering, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Southern Utah and started visiting local caves in my teens. Later I joined a college caving club and assisted in forming two "grottos" or chapters of the National Speleological Society. I have a BS degree in Physics and a Master's in Fuels Engineering and am a retired research chemical engineer. I also studied meteorology in the Air Force and worked as a weather forecaster supporting both USAF and Army aviation operations on active duty and in the reserves. My wife has taught music, and I love music of all types. We attend a few concerts each year. I enjoy good literature and when possible, I attend our local writer's guild and get peer critiques of my written work. That requires a thick skin, but it really helps! I have always enjoyed gardening, particularly growing fruit trees. We are currently planting a small, variety orchard. I am the father of five children, four still living, and I have twelve grandchildren. My family has become somewhat international and our family gatherings are enlivened by conversations in a couple of languages besides English and by the presence of diverse professional and recreational interests. We have a lot of fun together. My parents took this approach to raising children: "Teach them correct principles and (gradually) let them govern themselves." It worked for them and for us. I enjoyed my growing up years immensely and I think my children did also.

Why I am a Mormon

I liked growing up in a Mormon family and participated actively in the church ever since I can remember. At age 12, as customary, I was ordained a deacon, and my mother suggested that I should learn a little about the Book of Mormon. We began reading a couple of chapters together each evening. My appreciation for its prophets, heroes, and stories of faith developed rapidly, and I loved learning what that book teaches so eloquently about how God deals with people, and what He expects of us. As I prayed about the Book of Mormon and continued to read, I received a firm conviction that it is true, accurate, and precise. I love attending church and the associations that come with it. But more importantly, I look forward to the sacrament in our devotional service. Every week since I was small I have heard the words of the young man kneeling before the emblems of the last supper and praying that in partaking we will remember our Savior Jesus Christ and promise to take his Name upon us and keep his commandments. In return we are promised that we will have his Spirit to be with us. I often thought about what it truly meant to be called Christian. Of course in our day, we take upon ourselves the name of our parents. What would it be like to know the Savior in the same way that I know my earthly family who share the same name? I have not always done as well as I should, but those gentle yet profound, weekly reminders have made me a better person. I love my church. I love being led by people who truly have inspiration from God. We could not have come from where we were to where we are now without it. I love the doctrines of the church. They provide the answers to life's most pressing questions in a satisfying and ennobling way. I love the history of the church, and I love participating in this great work as we go forward in a worldwide effort to build a better and happier society, step by step, one person at a time.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have served in church as a volunteer teacher and leader in both youth and adult organizations. I currently serve as clerk for our congregation, keeping records of donations, expenditures, and member contact information. I provide the Bishop with information he uses to keep the internal organizations (within the congregation) staffed and running smoothly. I also assist my wife in her calling as an early morning seminary (for teenagers) instructor. This has included occasionally tutoring some of her students to help them learn their science and math. My wife and I also serve outside our congregation including spending one day each week assisting people who come for temple worship. The beautiful spirit that prevails there confirms the value of sealing families together for eternity, and of gaining the eternal perspectives on life that are taught there. For a year and a half my wife and I served as directors of a church Employment Resource Center in the area assisting anyone who walked in the door to improve their opportunities for employment. We taught people how to locate jobs, how to use a network of friends to learn about jobs and workplace protocols, write better resumes, be effective in interviews, and how to become self-employed or start a small business. We never received financial compensation for any of this, but the joy of seeing others grow and overcome challenges made it worthwhile. And we realize that in the process we too have grown. I always try to live up to the ideals taught in church, to be open and to avoid being devious about anything. Not always easy, but with care, no offense need occur. I try to be honest and yet keep confidences, and to treat everyone fairly and respectfully. I belong to the National Speleological Society and the Texas Cave Management Association, both of which have made great accomplishments toward conserving caves and underground water resources.