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Hi I'm Perry

I am a retired engineering professor. I enjoy running and Salt-Flat racing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I am a retired university professor. I worked as a professional mechanical engineer for the first part of my career then taught engineering and technology for 32 years. I am a runner and run several races a year with my children and grandchildren. We ran the St. George marathon in 2010. I also compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats with an electric streamliner. The vehicle was built by university students over 7 years. I served as coach and mentor to over 130 engineering and technology students in the development of this vehicle. In 2011 we set a world land-speed record for our class and we plan to return in 2012 to raise that record. I also enjoy restoring antique automobiles. I have a 1914 Model T ford, a 1929 Model A roadster, a 1961 VW sedan and a 1959 Austin Healey all in various stages of restoration. Since retirement I have been trying to become a genealogist and have begun to prepare histories of several of my ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a faithful presbyterian home in northern California. As a senior in high school I met several Mormon friends and was given a copy of the Book of Mormon. I started reading it one night and could not put it down. The doctrine in the book answered many of my religious questions and filled me with satisfaction as I read. I started attending the LDS seminary for high-school students and shortly after finishing the book I was baptized a member of the church. My parents were troubled but tolerant of my new enthusiasm for religion and even agreed to fund my LDS mission to Argentina the following year. They may have been glad to see me safely out of the house. When I returned from my mission my parents were also baptized along with several of my siblings. My younger brother and my parents also served full-time missions for the Church. I have spent the last forty-five years continuously studying and teaching the Book of Mormon and the Bible and find more joy every year in the beauty and consistency of the scriptures. There is no reason why every inhabitant of the earth today cannot know where they came from, why they are here, and what is coming after death. It is a marvelous plan that we are all participating in.

How I live my faith

For the last forty-five years, since my baptism as a high-school senior, I have given active volunteer service in this church. After two years of full-time missionary work in Argentine this service has involved visiting the homes of members, providing leadership in local congregations, teaching youth and adults in Sunday meetings, inviting and training others to serve, and watching over and helping neighbors with every kind of home and automotive maintenance that I could reasonable provide. I have learned that service in the Lord's kingdom is the key to happiness in this life. It has nothing to do with "earning" a reward as we are so often erroneously accused of thinking, but is the way to strengthen my own faith and the faith of those being served and increases the happiness of all. I also become more competent and more useful in God's kingdom as I actively serve and study and teach. In 2013 my wife of 43 years and I were called to serve the church as senior missionaries in Argentina, the land where I had served as a young man. For two years i managed the mission office while Lynn served as mission nurse. It was a marvelous experience. We came home with a couple of hundred young people who we consider almost like our own grandchildren. Since returning home we have both given service as ordinance workers in The Lord's temples. Christ blesses His children through His children. Service and good works are and have always been the hallmark of the Christian religion as is also the understanding that it is only through the wisdom and power and merits and mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that we can be invited to return to His presence.