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Hi I'm Fred

I'm a husband and a father. I'm a writer and game designer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 47-year old husband and father of 10 children, three of whom struggle with autism. I have been married for 21 years and have worked as a technical writer in various software industries for the past 19 years. I am also a game designer and own a small, independent game company specializing in tabletop role-playing games.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have discovered that the LDS church is God's church on earth today. As a young teenager, I prided myself on my atheism and on using my intellect to understand the world. Then one day as I was in my room alone, the sudden thought came to me that God and Jesus Christ existed. The sensation was incredibly unsettling and to this day is difficult to explain. It was as if the reality of God was simply a fact you might read in a book right next to the location and population of New York City. At the time, I did not understand where this knowledge came from. All I knew was that it brought me happiness and peace. Some time later, when I was 13, my family was contacted by missionaries and shortly thereafter baptized. I had no particular interest in joining the church at that time, (my prior experience having been forgotten) and only did so to please my mother, who wanted us to join as a family. After baptism, I rarely attended meetings or activities, although I did attend seminary, mostly because of my passion for learning. When I turned 18, I decided I needed to learn if the LDS church was true. Because if it were true, the implications were staggering. It would mean that God was directly involved in our affairs right now, and was not some patriarch existing solely in the comfortably distant past. I decided to attend BYU to become more involved with members of my faith (my family having stopped attending meetings some years prior). It was at BYU, that I received the first of many witnesses of the truth of the restored gospel. As a student of science, I understood that indirect evidence (for example electric current deflecting a meter) can be conclusive proof of things invisible to the human eye. It is through this "instrumentation" of the spirit that I have come to the certain knowledge that Jesus is the Christ and that the LDS church is his church on the earth today. And once I discovered that, I had an obligation to give myself fully to it.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of immersion. If it doesn't affect every aspect of your life, then you aren't allowing it the chance to transform you into the kind of individual God wants you to be. I live my faith by making every possible effort to bring my life into harmony with the teachings of the Savior, both in thought and in deed, and by honoring my assignments within the church, even when those assignments push me well outside my comfort zone. Am I perfect in this regard? Not yet. But the gospel of Christ is not about being perfect, but about striving for perfection. It is the journey that defines and shapes us. My current assignment in the church is working with 12 and 13-year old young men as a teacher and advisor. Past assignments have included acting as secretary to the bishop, managing ward (congregation) finances, coordinating missionary efforts in the ward, teaching sunday school, and serving as leader of adult men in the ward. I can honestly say that living my faith brings peace and joy, even in adversity and trial, and that it provides a clarity of understanding that I never had when relying on my own intellect alone. I agree with C.S. Lewis when he maintained that he knew Christianity was true the way he knew the sun was true: Because by its light he could see everything else. Living my faith has provided me the light to see the world.