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Hi I'm Fred

I was raised on a ranch in New Mexico. I'm a retired airline pilot, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being raised on a ranch/farm, I learned from experience that I didn't enjoy branding calves, or stringing barbed wire. Neither did weeding, plowing or irrigating appeal to me. My eyes explored the vast expanse of the crystal blue New Mexico skies where airplanes soared. From a young age, I dreamed of joining them. After serving a mission in Britain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I accepted an appointment to the USAF Aviation Cadets and added to my flying experience by becoming a rescue helicopter pilot. Flying for Western Airlines, which eventually merged with Delta, gave me wonderful opportunities to fly the "big birds". I loved that. I also enjoyed seeing the world and meeting interesting people. These days I am enjoying more time with my wife of 50+ years, and getting better acquainted with our children and grand-children. When I need to travel or "just get away from it all," I do it in a turbocharged Beechcraft Bonanza V35A. I am also rebuilding a Long-Eze, a small experimental airplane. At age 75+, flying is still my passion.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents, grandparents and great grandparents were faithful members of the Church. One G.G. grandfather joined the Church in Denmark. Another joined in New York State in 1833 and made the trek to Utah where he died. On the other side of the family, a G. G. grandfather was one of the original Apostles. And last of all, I had a Great, grandfather who was a member of the first quorum of 70s in Ohio. But all that didn't really didn't convince me of the truthfulness of the Church. During my childhood, the rebellious teens and on through my adulthood, I have prayed and studied. I know for myself that it is true and you can know it too.

How I live my faith

I try to be a true Christian. I help neighbors move in/out of their homes and have used my heavy equipment to help with their landscaping, usually without pay. In the communities where we have lived, I served on a planning commission, a board of adjustments, and a school accountability committee. For all of my adulthood, and even as a teenager, I have regularly visited families in the church to friendship them and help with their needs. I filled a full time mission for the church in Great Britain. And I have served as a temple ordinance worker twelve years.