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Hi I'm Sid

I'm a husband, a father and a grandfather. I'm a professional pilot and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Graduating from college during the Vietnam War, I entered the U. S. Navy and began training as a pilot. I served in the Navy for twenty years traveling literally around the world. My Naval training prepared me for a profession I love, aviation. After retiring from the Navy I was an airline pilot for thirteen years and I currently fly as a pilot for an air ambulance company. I married my college sweetheart and we have six wonderful children and twelve grandchildren with more to come I'm sure.

Why I am a Mormon

Because of my profession I have traveled more than most. I found that I can find the Church in every country, state, town and city. No matter where I attend Church, I feel welcomed. The Sunday sermons and Sunday School classes teach the same doctrine in all languages. I'm grateful for the teachings of the Church that have taught me to live a clean and healthy lifestyle. I'm grateful to the Church for its emphasis on giving of my time and resources and being generous in helping the poor and needy. I'm grateful to the Church for its teachings that families can be together forever; I love my family now, I will only love them more in the eternities. I'm grateful to the Church for its emphasis on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ; it is because of His sacrifice that my sins can be forgiven and I will be resurrected.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon while in the Navy was a unique experience. I found that no matter where I am or who I am with, others respect you when you live by your religious beliefs. I was asked to offer a squadron Christmas prayer while on deployment to Japan. I was asked to represent the squadron with a short sermon at a Community Prayer Breakfast in California. Often I was asked to offer a blessing on the food at squadron dinners. My Church service has primarily been in helping teenagers develop their faith in God. Whether leading young scouts or coaching a Church basketball team I try and help youth include God in their lives. For five years I served in a congregation of college-age students. This helped me appreciate the faith, enthusiasm and strength of the next generation.