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Hi I'm Adrian

I'm a grandfather of 16, a commercial land and seaplane pilot (living in the desert??), married to a pilot and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Electrical Engineer by training and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints near the end of my college career. I had searched for several years to find which religious beliefs represented what I myself felt deep inside. I grew up in a "flying" family with both parents being pilots and a sister who was a flight attendant. I suppose it was no surprise that both my wife and I would ultimately become pilots ourselves. We own an airplane and use it to visit family now spread out across the nation. We have six children and presently have 16 grandchildren. They are our greatest joy! As we have grown older we have found that giving back and providing service to others brings feelings of contentment and satisfaction.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where our faith was practiced but perhaps not emphasized. As I left for college, I found myself beginning to question the fundamental practices of my Catholic upbringing. I wasn't challenging the belief in a God or in structured religion, just the (then) rapidly changing Catholic Church. Saturday night Mass, sharing the sacramental wine with the congregation, Latin to English, guitar Mass etc. seemed an attempt to appeal to those who felt the ways of the world were primary in their lives. The Sabbath day itself was becoming blurred. I would "discuss" (argue) these points with my roommate at length well into the night sometimes. I began to investigate other religions and to attend their worship services. Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran were a few. I didn't find anything that chased me away from them, but instead, found nothing in them to touch my heart with how it helped me to return to my Father in Heaven. Then one day, I met a man who worked with me on a technical co-op program in upstate New York who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At office parties, both he and his wife were distinctly different than the others there but genuinely loved by all. I remember asking him one day, what made him so different. It was his opportunity to present his religion to me. I soon took on an evening job as well where I found my supervisor, and his boss were both Church members. Suddenly I was immersed in the Gospel principles taught by this church that I previously had known nothing about. I learned of the concept that FAMILIES COULD BE TOGETHER FOREVER and found that one point alone was the one deep inside that I had been searching for! It took almost 2 years of study and prayer to assure myself that this religion was true and right for me, but I can testify that my prayers were all answered and I know that my beautiful and loving wife and family were my reward for feeling the spirit and heeding the impression to learn more!

How I live my faith

I have tried to always be able to answer the call to serve. I have served in callings as a clerk under 3 Stake Presidencies, (A Stake is a geographical unit usually comprising as many as a dozen Wards, or local Church units), as Stake Employment specialist, on the High Council twice (a body of 12 men who provide coordinating support between the Wards and the Stake), as President of the adult men's Priesthood quorum, as Ward clerk and Executive Secretary to the Bishop. I have served in 2 Bishoprics as Counselor, and as Ward and Branch clerk. I have served as a Boy Scout Leader (Scoutmaster) for many years and as multiple adult and youth Priesthood and Sunday School teachers. The variety has helped me to grow in the Gospel and to understand more and more the confirming assurance that what this Church offers to souls is inspired and directed by our Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ. Home teaching has always been a calling that I have enjoyed. I enjoy visiting my families and doing the best I can to look after their needs. I also appreciate those who have visited our home! My wife and I were recently released from serving a mission at the Mesa FamilySearch Library where we did genealogical research for patrons of all faiths. We were called to an 18 month mission. After 6 months into the mission, our Area Priesthood Leadership called me to serve as an Assistant Director of the Library. This call extended our mission by 6 more years! What a blessing it has been in our lives. Because I joined the Church later in life (at the end of college), I didn't serve a mission in my youth. I have always felt the need to serve a mission to help the Lord's work to go forth. Now, I feel that the Lord directed me where I was to give back some of the blessings He has bestowed on me and my family. We feel that we made a positive difference serving at the Library. We love those other missionaries that we labored with and for, and loved all that we were called to do!