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Hi I'm Fred

I live in the US, but I grew up in Iran, Greece, Taiwan and Japan. I am fascinated by the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am very interested in international affairs. I enjoy swimming, reading, writing and working in the yard with my wife - I shape the flower beds and plant the trees and shrubs, and she adds the color! We especially love the redbud and dogwood trees that remind us of our years in Virginia. I worked for over 30 years in Washington DC, mostly dealing with issues relating to the Middle East. My most satisfying experiences occurred when I worked on the Arab-Israeli peace process in the early 1990s. Currently, I do research at a university where I try to make international studies interesting and understandable for students and faculty. I enjoy helping people, but most of all, I enjoy time with my wife, children and grandchildren. I have been married for 37 years. We love our five children, who are now married and charting their own courses in life. We now have 9 grandchildren, spread from Korea to Michigan to Iowa to Utah. One of the best things about life now is that our children care so much for each other, no matter where they are.

Why I am a Mormon

My membership and activity in the church, in many ways, stems from my childhood experiences overseas. I find the teachings of the church, and the attitudes of its members, to be expansive and all-inclusive. No one on earth now, and no one at any time in history is excluded from the scope of the Gospel.

How I live my faith

My current church assignment ("calling") is to be a bishop, or head of our local congregation of about 350 people. Some of the best times are spent with the youth, teaching or talking about their plans for the future. We recently had a sweet experience as a congregation, getting up early on Easter morning to have a sunrise service together. The mountains were sparkling with snow, the breeze was clear and we talked and sang about the Savior and His Resurrection. Simple things go a long way. I find that each day presents some new opportunity to try and reflect some of our Savior's love into the world. It starts at home, but every person you see would appreciate an encouraging word.