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Hi I'm Howard

I am retired from the Army and now teach JROTC, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 59 years old, retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant, and now teach JROTC at a local High School. I have a loving wife of 25 years, 3 sons, and 6 grandchildren. I grew up on a small farm in north Missouri, and have traveled/lived all over the world with the Army. Where I live I still have a couple of cows and chickens that I help take care of. Nice to have fresh eggs for breakfast. I love to cook almost as much as I love eating. My wife and I enjoy traveling so much that we sold our home and now live full time in our 5th wheel camper so that we can travel and have our home with us all the time. I love to build things with my hands, Like our savior I was a carpenter before joining the Army and love to work with wood. I fish both for fresh and salt water fish, my favorites are large mouth bass and red fish. My second passion is motorcycles, I love to ride with family and friends. I also am an avid science fiction movie/TV fan. I enjoy Eureka, Warehouse 13, and similar shows. My favorite days are either spending time with my family and friends just sitting and talking or time with my students doing the same. I am just a simple old fashioned guy who likes simple pleasures.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon - I have always been one, even when I did not know it. My grandparents were converted to the church before I was born in Southern Alabama. My mother although a member of the church was not active in her faith. However I had a wonderful Aunt and Uncle who always set a great example for me as a young boy. Whenever we would go to their house I always felt something special there, I never knew what it was until I got older. It was the gospel of Jesus Christ that was lived in their home. When I got married at the young age of 18, I was typical of most I wanted to enjoy life and I lived far away from the Lords teachings, because of this I was never truly happy. After two failed marriages, and a third about to give way, I got a phone call from my newly assigned "home teacher" (a man who is assigned to take care of the spiritual needs of a family) He had never met me and I had never been to his ward. He wanted to know if he could stop by and visit with me. I dont know why but I instantly said yes, he came and brought a great comforting spirit into my home. My wife and I both felt something special about his visit, the next night the Bishop came to visit us, again we felt at peace and enjoy our visit with him. We started attending the wards church services on a regular basis and felt as if we were at home. I know it is said that the Lord works in mysterious ways but I know it was him that sent a faithful home teacher to my home that day to bring myself and my wife (who was not a member) into his fold and save our marriage. We have been married for 25 years now and know that the gospel of Jesus Christ lives and works everyday in his church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have been an active member of my church for almost 16 years now. During this time I have served our Lord in many capacities, as a scout master for a Boy Scout troop, working with the youth, working with our men's organizations, and most recently I serve as a Counselor to our Bishop. These have all been wonderful callings, and I have learned so much about myself and what true happiness is in the service of our Lord. Not only have I assisted in the planning and organizing of many local church and community functions, but I have along with many hundreds of church volunteers provided service to communities that were devastated by hurricanes Ike, Rita, Gustav, and Katrina, including my own. Our church is truly a one that follows the Lords commandment to "Feed my Sheep". And through this I have been blessed many times over.