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Hi I'm Buckley Condie

I grew up on a farm in Wyoming. I flew C-130 cargo planes for the US Air Force as a Navigator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Wyoming. I wanted to get out and see the world, so after college I talked to an Air Force recruiter who signed me up. I knew I couldn't get the pilot job because I wore glasses. But the recruiter told me I could be a navigator and still get to ride in the cockpit. So I signed up. As a young man, and a young father, I traveled the world. Europe, Southwest Asia, the Pacific, Alaska, and most of the US states. I also spent four months in Saudi Arabia in the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. I retired 10 years ago and have been working a corporate job ever since. I'm glad that nobody's shooting at me anymore. I'm glad that I don't work weekends and holidays anymore. My kids are all grown and out of the house now but I think all of them were proud to be part of my Air Force career. They enjoyed being part of the Air Force family.

Why I am a Mormon

You know, I'm a Mormon because I believe in this whole story. I believe that God loves us and has given us guidelines to keep us on the path to happiness in this world. I believe that God has called prophets, both in olden days and in modern times. I've read the Book of Mormon dozens of times and I always get the distinct feeling that these people actually lived and kept a record of holy writings, just as the Jews had done with the Bible in the land of Jerusalem. I find that when I am really trying to live the teachings of my religion I seem to be the happiest. I enjoy this wholesome measure of discipline in my life and I don't think I'm missing out on any of life's important experiences by living my religion. I'm am a Mormon, I'm happy with it. And I'm proud of it.

How I live my faith

I'm the head of the local Mormon congregation. I'm the Bishop. Being the Bishop means I get to spend time helping organize most aspects of the local congregation. One of my favorite things that we've done lately is to travel to northern New Jersey and help with the clean up effort after Hurricane Sandy. We were fortunate that most of that storm missed us. Not so for New Jersey. We saw flooded houses with soaked floors, carpets and walls. It was great to get a few dozen people together to drive up there and spend the day helping to clean things up. It gave me a real appreciation for what can get done when a large group of focused worker come together for a cause. I felt very fortunate to be a part of it. At the same time, I thought it was great that the victims of that storm were able to reach out for help and have someone there who was able to do something constructive. I think it takes a certain kind of courage to ask for help and then let a dozen strangers into your home to rip out the walls, tear up the floors, and put the toilets and bathtubs out of the bathrooms.