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Hi I'm Gordon Graves

I'm a retired corporate pilot, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am retired from corporate aviation, but not from flying. Being able to share what I love makes it even more special, especially with my grandchildren. Flying was a part of my dreams from my early teens. My flying experiences have far eclipsed my dreams. The smell and feel of jets, wood and fabric biplanes, and gliders lingers as I share my flying in anything with wings. Speaking of dreams, I met the girl of my dreams just before graduating from high school and three years later we were married, after my enlistment in the Army was completed. Along the way we have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, gained two sons when they married, and six grandchildren. Getting paid to fly started while serving in Army aviation maintenance, in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters; as a crew chief at the Army's flight test facility at Edwards AFB following a tour in Vietnam as a flight crew member (gunner). While in college, I flew! Working as a flight instructor; and we joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Flying jet aircraft has taken me to many lands. I am blessed with lasting memories of special times and special people while getting paid to do what I love. I enjoy flying, history, reading (C.S. Lewis, Antoine de Saint Exupery, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Richard Bach, and the Scriptures, etc.). I do some drawing; pen and ink. One day I will also learn to play the guitar, though I am a drummer at heart.

Why I am a Mormon

Shortly after visiting the Joseph Smith memorial, in Vermont, my wife and I invited the missionaries in when they knocked on our door. After the missionary discussions we were baptized. My real conversion was yet to begin. Over time, a very long time, as I read the Book of Mormon and began to pray, I came to realize a testimony of Jesus Christ, confirmed by the Spirit, which I could not deny. There is peace in striving to live a life centered on Christ, that comes in no other way. The New Testament and the Book of Mormon speak of an experiment on the "ministration" or the "word". Though not an intentional experiment, there were times in my life of inactivity, not going to church, of sufficient duration for me to know the difference between striving to live the precepts of the gospel and not; of remembering Christ's redeeming sacrifice and not; of having the Spirit in my life and not. Christ did overcome death. He did what He said He would do, and He did it for us. He lives. His gospel has been restored. When I strive to live by it's precepts, I like me a lot better than when I don't. I have come to cherish the refining process that is taking place in me. I can not imagine eternity with my Father in heaven, and my family, as I am. Nor can I become who I ought to be without Christ. I have a long way to go, but now I know I'm facing in the right direction, and as long as I do all that I can in this life, though I come up short at times, "His grace will be sufficient", even for me.

How I live my faith

My wife and I had determined for years to go on a mission for the church. So, in 2010, after retiring we did just that; serving in the Seattle, WA area for a year and a half. The blessings of that experience leaves us with a burning desire to serve another. We were "Office Specialists" assisting our mission president with the logistical support for over 200 missionaries. I was the "Vehicle Coordinator" responsible for coordinating all aspects related to keeping a fleet of vehicles operating efficiently and safely. I have held many callings in the Church. Currently I serve as our congregations (we call them wards) "Mission Leader". I work with the full time missionaries and our ward missionaries, helping to share the gospel with anyone who would like to know about the Church. We give lessons, Church tours, share our testimonies of Christ and do all we can to help all "come unto Christ", and to gain an understanding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the blessings of a Christ centered life.