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Hi I'm Lee

I was taught to work hard, to value relationships, and to serve. I enjoy helping others. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a person whose parents were raised on the farm and did not complete a high school education, but they valued learning. With their examples of how to work hard and serve others, I graduated with a BA in Economics from BYU, and an MBA from Oregon State University. I served as an US Army officer in the Adjutant General Corps in the 1970s. I am having a successful career in the energy field. As our family grew, my spouse of more than 47 years and I encouraged our children to serve others and to be productive contributors to their communities and the USA. Our six children and their spouses, each earned bachelor's degrees and half of them have earned professional degrees in law, engineering, accounting, business, nursing, and medicine. We enjoy family reunions every other year where we all get together and celebrate life.

Why I am a Mormon

The opportunity for my family to be aware of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, came by way of some faithful missionaries back in the early 1840s in the Eastern United States. Faithful grandparents crossed the plains to Utah using handcarts along with other early pioneers. They tilled the soil and raised grandchildren. My parents came from a legacy of faithful and hardworking farmers. I learned of Jesus as a young boy from my mother who organized a Christian primary program in our community, and later in California I enrolled in a local summer Bible school while my mom worked. I visited a couple of community churches with friends when I was seven. But, I primarily attended The LDS Church with my family. When asked by my local bishop, I chose to be baptized when I was 8 years and three months old. I regularly attended church as a young man. There was a period of time when a job kept me from attending church every week. Desiring to attend church, I told my employer that while I enjoyed working for him, I needed to resign. My boss willingly adjusted my work schedule so I could attend church every week. As a young man I studied the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon in an early morning seminary program before my high school classes. I was fortunate to serve a mission to Japan in the 1960s where I learned to share spiritual gospel messages with the Japanese people in their own language. Over the years, I have found and continue to find great joy in serving other people. I appreciate the love of our Savior for all, and his atonement for me personally and all people. I desire to live in a way that helps others find joy and happiness. Also, I have found joy in being with and loving our family who have chosen to be faithful to their own baptismal covenants. I am a Mormon dedicated to doing my best to serve others, to make this world better, and to be a faithful follower of Jesus, The Christ.

How I live my faith

From a young age, my parents taught me about Jesus, and I had a firm faith in our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus. Through my parents' examples, I learned to work (e.g., by picking beans), to serve the elderly, to help others in need, and to be employed. Also, at an early age, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts provided a place to serve and learn basic life skills. By the time I was sixteen I had been awarded the Eagle Scout Award, served as a leader in our local troop and in a special council troop formed to participate in a National Jamboree. From that beginning, I was fortunate to be asked to lead in organizations throughout my life. These organizations have ranged from small groups, to groups of 100s to several thousands of people. A positive person and problem solver by nature, I enjoy helping to implement successful activities, programs, and service projects. Notwithstanding various professional and community roles, my great joys come from being a disciple of Christ, a husband, a father of six children and their spouses, and thanks to them, our 26 grandchildren.