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Hi I'm Fred

I'm a converted Mormon. I grew up in Southern California and am a locksmith.

About Me

I have lived most of my life in southern California. I have also lived in Alabama, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, and Illinois. My parents were divorced when I was 5 and for the next 8 years I lived in foster care, visiting my Mother every weekend. I was raised in the Baptist faith as a child. I have been a member of the following churches as an adult: Episcopal, Church of Religious Science, Church of the Nazarene and the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. I graduated high school in the Los Angeles area and went to UCLA for a year where I studied engineering. I was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam conflict in 1967 and served as an Infantry Rifleman/Squad Leader fighting everyday in the jungles of Vietnam against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Regular Army. When I was discharged from the service, I joined a mortgage company as a file clerk (I am 6' 3", so that was mainly why I got the job, since their file cabinets were also very high). I worked there for many years, working my way up the corporate ladder to the position of Vice President. In 1986 I decided to change careers and became a locksmith. I own my own locksmith business today.

Why I am a Mormon

I met a Mormon family in 2004 at one of my wife's high school reunions and was impressed by the way they lived. They live in Orem, Utah. We decided to visit and they took us to Temple Square in Salt Lake. We got the whole tour, and then some. I requested a copy of the Book of Mormon be sent to me at home. When we returned home from our visit, a pair of missionaries arrived in person with the requested book. At that point, I wanted to learn more about Mormonism. So I began to investigate. As I read and studied the Book of Mormon with the missionaries, I began to ask many questions. Many of those questions were outside the scope of the missionary program, so I was introduced to a couple of key church members in my neighborhood. As I began to interact with them, I realized that what I liked about my wife's friends' lives was also present in these folks. I determined it was a common characteristic amongst Mormons in general. I wanted to live with that peace and assurance I saw in these people. So, after determing this truth, I was baptized shortly after and now am blessed to live the Plan of Salvation, according to the scriptures and the guidance of a living prophet, the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I follow the scriptures and teachings of the Church. I am an active member and support the church's Audio/Visual needs by performing duties related to this area. I, along with another member, visit a few families within the church every month. In this visit we discuss any needs they may have that can be supported by the church, as well as talk about a message that the leadership of the Church focuses us on every month. I attend Sunday Services every week and participate in ongoing, local community services that the church supports. At one time, I was asked to be on the team that guides young men's activities. This church "calling" lasted about 3 years. Since my wife and I do not have any children, this was great exposure in an area where I had no life experience. Another area where I was challenged to "stretch myself", was shortly after I joined the church I was asked to present the weekly lessons for one of the men's group meetings on Sundays. Since I was a new member and did not feel versed in the church's doctrine, this was definitely something where I felt a little like a "fish out of water". Even so, it turned out to be a great learning experience for me, as in my preparation for the lessons, I found it also doubled as an opportunity to learn the doctrine in an accelerated environment. Turns out it came with lots of unexpected support, as I received instant feedback to my lesson presentation from the men in the meeting each week. Finally, I get an occasional opportunity to share my faith with my customers. I had one lady notice an LDS fob on my keychain, which sparked a great conversation. Another time I had a customer who was very distraught and I saw a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ on her wall, so I offered to sit with her in prayer. She took me up on my offer. We both parted with a renewed spirit of the Holy Ghost in our hearts. These are examples of blessings I receive each and every day. It has totally changed my life!