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Hi I'm Lou

I grew up in southern California near the beach. I am an oceanograqpher and environmental scientistt, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired environmental scientist and oceanograpner with an MS degree in Fisheries. My wife and I have 7 children and 24 grandchildren. I am very seroues about being a good grandpa. My family comes first, but I also love to watch football, listen to jazz music, especially be-bop and straight-ahead jazz, and I'm an amateur guitar player. I'm also an Eagle Scout and receive the Silver Beaver service award as an adult. I was a scoutmaster for many years and currently train other Boy Scout leaders.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born my mother was a Mormon but my father was not. My mother made sure I attended church with my sister, but by the time I turned 12 years old I went to church because I wanted to, not because anyone else wanted me to. I had a good feeling at church that I didn't feel anywhere else. I later learned that the feeling was the Holy Ghost prompting me to attend church regularly and to be a good boy. At age 12 my father quit drinking and smoking, and joined the Mormon church. He said it was the best thing he ever did, and it probably saved his life in both a physical and a spiritual way. I still get those good feelings when I go to church as an adult, but they are much stronger and permeate my whole life now. I lead a very happy life with a wife, children, and grandchildren who love me, and whom I love very, very much in return. The Mormon church has helped me to create a family that keeps God's commandments, with the promise that we can live eternally as a family if we do our best to live His laws our entire lives.

How I live my faith

In my church I have taught religious tenets to teenagers and adults, and have participated as a volunteer leader of youth and adults church groups, and families. In those capacities I have taught teenagers and adults how to be a leader, including how to run a meeting and plan and carry out an activities. I coached youth soccer teams in my community for over 15 years, emphasizing fair play and good sportsmanship. Boy Scouts is part of my church's activity program and I have served for over 40 years as a leader and trainer of boys and adults.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe that we need to repent of our sins, which includes feeling sorrowful for the sin, forsaking the sin, asking forgiveness of the Lord, and not repeating the sin any more. When we have succcessfully repented of our sins, the forgiveness comes through the grace of Christ because he paid the price of our sins when he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemene and on the cross. The key is we must perform good works and fully repend of our sins in order to receive forgiveness throuh His grace. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

My wife and I are currently serving a Morman mission. We pay a modest housing allowance to the Church and any amount above that allowance is paid by the Church. We also pay all of our other expenses including a car and its maintanance, if one is needed. Family, friends, and anyone else can contribute to a particular missionary's expenses, or to the general missionary fund of the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Mormons absolutely believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe that he came to earth and suffered for Adam's transgression in the Garden of Eden and that he also suffered for our sins so we may be forgiven, as long as we do our best to repent of those sins. Show more Show less