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Hi I'm Ace

I am a disabled Vet. I have PTSD. I'm a Mormon

About Me

In 1974 I was serving in the Navy on the USS Constellation as a medic. One day while working as flight deck corpsman a sailor was blown into the net at the fantail. After checking him out and sending him down to sickbay, I stood and turned only to be blown off the ship. I fell 98 feet into the white water behind the boat. When I surfaced the ship was off in the distance and my beeper on my life vest was signaling my position to the destroyer escort. I passed out when they picked me up out of the water and woke in Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. The doctor told me I had fractured all my lumbar vertebra, busted my hips into 17 pieces and partially severed my spinal cord. I was told I would never walk again. Eighteen months later I walked out of the hospital. I had no feeling from the waist down except the burning tingly feeling you get when your leg goes to sleep. I lived with this for 35 years until I was baptized.

Why I am a Mormon

I searched for a church home for 40 years before being baptized into LDS church. I studied just about every religion, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jehovah Witness, and all Protestant denominations. One day I was helping a friend. It was a hot day and she invited me in for a drink of water. We began talking about religion and I told her I had never found a religion that believed like I did. She asked what I believed and I told her that I believed that Jesus Christ had visited the Americas. She excused herself and came back with the Book of Mormon, told me to read it and if I had any questions to call her. After reading it for several weeks, I called and told her I had some questions. She said, "The boys will be right over," and hung up. A half hour later I had a knock on the door and there were two missionaries. I began studying with them. After about six months the Elders came over one evening. I was hurting very badly that day and had been in bed. One Elder asked me if I had any questions and it hit me wrong. I said yeah I got some questions and began to fire questions at him. I felt like I was in battle. For every question I asked this young man gave me an answer from the scriptures. This went on for two hours. Finally I told him I had one more question and if he could answer it I would be baptized. He got his scriptures ready. I asked him when I could be baptized. He slammed his scriptures shut and said Friday at 4pm.

How I live my faith

I love working with the missionaries. Since my baptism I have been a ward missionary assisting them any way I can. I go with the missionaries when they are teaching lessons and have had investigators in our home to hear the missionaries. My wife and I also help the Mission office with moving missionaries from one area to another by driving them and their gear in my truck. I love sharing my conversion story with the missionaries and people investigating the church. I also work in the temple. I began the week after I first went to the temple. I started working at the front desk greeting those coming to the temple and checking their recommend card. I have recently begun working as an ordinance worker helping those who come to the temple have a spiritual experience. I have been called to serve a mission working with servicemen and women and their families at the Bremerton Naval Base in the Washington Tacoma mission. I am excited to start this new adventure in my church service.