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Hi I'm Fred

Teacher, Future Paralegal, Husband, Democrat, Progressive, Historian, Mormon Convert...Yes that's me!

About Me

I would say that I might not be your typical Mormon, but what's typical? A bit of my story. My grandfather is Mormon. My first grandmother was Catholic. My mother was raised Catholic. My father was a protestant. Initially, my parents couldn't decide on which church we would go to so for the early years of my life I attended a Methodist Church. Later, my mother decided to start attending the Catholic Church again, my father started going with us. He started on classes to become a Catholic, but got sick and passed away before receiving the holy communion. As I got older, I began to realize that the Catholic Church was not the right fit for me. Throughout college and after, I kept running into Mormon missionaries everywhere I went. After college, I began attending a UU church and stayed there for six years. Then, I met my wife in a Mexican restaurant. When we talked in our first phone call I realized she was Mormon. I started attending the Mormon church with my wife. I was baptized shortly after I got married in a Mormon civil ceremony.. My wife and I were sealed in the Denver Temple in November of 2012. I'm a certified social studies teacher. I am taking classes to be a paralegal and will graduate in June of 2013.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't know who I was religiously until I was 13 years old. My parents almost got our family on the same page but unfortunately, it didn't happen. The church has given me the opportunity to put my family on the same page religiously. I want my kids to know who they are. I love the history of the Church. It's truly an American religion. Being a Mormon gives me a link to my ancestors. I believe in the Gospel. It's true. I'm proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm a rarity in the Mormon church. I'm a Democrat and proud of it. On may issues I could be considered pretty progressive. However, I see the two (Mormonism and Progressivism) complimenting each other. The church has always been about serving others and serving your community. There is a strong strain of social justice in the Mormon church. I believe that I can best evangelize my church by being a good example and showing kindness and generosity. As my Mormon grandfather says "The greatest commandment is love."

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The entire church is built on the concept of a family. God is our father and we have a Heavenly Mother as well. Jesus is God's son and our brother. Everything we do is built around that concept and strengthening the family. We knew our family before we were born and we will be with them in heaven after we die. Show more Show less