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Hi I'm Glen

I grew up in northern Utah, flew rescue helicopters in Iceland, married above me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Ogden, Utah and grew up in a wonderful family with loving parents and five siblings. We moved to homes where we had some acreage when I was young; raising pigs, cows, and horses was an important part of my life. I married a wonderful young lady while in college and we've raised six children in the 40-plus years since then. These daughters and sons, their spouses, and our 18 grandchildren are a most important part of our lives. Many diverse experiences have blessed our lives. After college and receiving a commission in the U.S. Air Force, we moved to Texas, to Alabama, and finally to Utah for training as a rescue helicopter pilot. The Air Force then stationed me and my family at Keflavik Naval Air Station, Iceland where I had the opportunity to be part of several life-saving missions. We also visited England and Germany. After leaving the service, we opened a couple of small businesses and became part owner and publisher of a weekly newspaper and I also served two two-year terms as a county commissioner. In 1987, I began working for the company that produced the solid rocket motors that launched the Space Shuttle. The company - originally Thiokol and eventually ATK - and the Space Shuttle program provided me incredible opportunities to learn, to work with extraordinary people, and to make a difference in the space program. I retired as a program manager in 2012.

Why I am a Mormon

Several of my direct ancestors were early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am strengthened by their sacrifices and testimonies. Enos Curtis was a missionary who contacted Brigham Young when Brigham was investigating the Church. Joseph Fielding, an early convert in Toronto, traveled to England to open missionary work there. David Evans was a bishop in Nauvoo who cared for the poor during difficult times. I often wonder if I would have been strong enough to make the sacrifices they made or if I would have been open to listen to the truth if I had not been born into an Latter-day Saint family. I think that I would. I need to see logic and fairness in life. I see good in all religions and churches. However, no other answers the questions about where we came from before birth, why we're here on earth, and what happens to us after death. The Bible partially answers these questions but the complete Gospel of Jesus Christ explains these and much more. God loves all of mankind - regardless of where they live or in which century they were on earth. His Plan of Salvation and the Christ's Atonement are for all people. I am a Mormon because (1) the Church gives me answers to life's questions and the reason and opportunity to strive to become more like Jesus Christ, (2) the Book of Mormon enhances the truths of the Bible and is a testimony to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and (3) my prayers have been answered that this is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Serving others is a constant in the Church. Because we have no paid ministry, each member serves in various leadership, teaching, or supporting roles. I've been a scoutmaster, a Sunday School teacher, and bishop over a local congregation (~500 people). One assignment common to most adult Latter-day Saints is called Home Teaching where a companionship (often a man and a teenage boy) are assigned to visit several families each month and assist them. They are able to call upon the resources of the congregation to assist, if needed. Every family is assigned a Home Teacher. Visiting teaching is the principle with two sisters assigned to visit other sisters. We have been part of small branches of the church and large wards wherever we've lived and have been blessed with countless friends. Whenever we travel, we always find a Latter-day Saint congregation to meet with on Sunday. It is amazing that in each of the 28,000-plus church congregations through out the world we will hear the same doctrine and feel he same love. My wife and I served as full-time missionaries in a semi-rural county in Georgia, U.S, where we were part of a wonderful branch. We found the people of all Christian faiths there who deeply love the Lord. People in public restaurants often bowed and quietly gave thanks for their meals. We are currently serving another full-time mission in southern Idaho where we are blessed to work closely with over 160 terrific full-time missionaries - mostly young men and young women and with a few older couples.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Glen
Attending Church is a sacred occasion and church members typically wear a suit or sports jacket and a tie for the men and a dress for the sisters. We celebrate holidays including Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. On religious holidays we often include traditional elements like trees and decorations on Christmas while emphasizing the real purpose for the celebrations - the birth of our Savior. We also celebrate the national and local holidays for the country we live in like Independence Day and President's Day in the United States. Show more Show less