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Hi I'm Vaughn Anderson

I am a Christian who grew up in Cardston, Alberta. I believe in Jesus Christ and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was a farmer whose ancestors had immigrated to Canada from Sweden. I learned to work early in life and have loved it ever since. I learned to play piano, clarinet and saxophone while in high school and love many different types of music. I attended the University of Montana on a music scholarship but gave it up the next year due to my great desire to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was called to the Ontario-Quebec French speaking mission. This was a life changing experience and it has shaped my entire life. Upon return from my mission, I met and married a wonderful woman who has been the greatest blessing of my life. We attended Utah State University just after being married where I received a civil Engineering degree. We have seven children, three boys and four girls. They are now all married and are pursuing their own lives with their families. We have been blessed with 15 grandchildren so far. I love fishing, hunting, snow skiing, water skiing, wake boarding, shooting, golf, hiking in the mountains, and gardening. I enjoy landscaping and working in the yard. My 35 years as an engineer provided me with the opportunity to design many different projects, including roads, bridges and underground utilities. Most of these projects have been in remote locations throughout Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. I love a good challenge and enjoy solving problems.

Why I am a Mormon

My great grandfather was one of the very first people to join the Mormon church in Sweden in 1852. He immigrated to Utah in 1865 and lost two young sons in the journey. They were buried at sea. This never caused his faith to falter. He lived in Millville, Utah near Logan where I went to university. He was one of the first immigrants to southern Alberta, Canada and homesteaded there in 1887. My family has been members of the church ever since and so I was raised in a Mormon family. Faith runs very deep in our family. My faith has always been a great influence in my life and I have always believed in Jesus Christ. I remember one Saturday evening while I was in college. I was studying the scriptures and praying, when I had this overwhelming sense of gratitude for all that God had done for me. I realized at that time that the Savior had died for me and had provided me a way to return to live with my Heavenly Father. I had this great desire to serve him and decided at that moment to serve a mission for our church. This proved to be one of the great decisions of my life. As I served as a missionary, my faith increased and my knowledge of God grew. As I read and studied the scriptures and particularly the Book of Mormon, I realized that the scriptures, both the Bible and Book of Mormon, were for one purpose. They testify that Jesus Christ is the God of this world and they prophesied of His coming, His life, and His sacrifice for us. Their purpose is to bring us closer to and to know Jesus Christ. How grateful I am to know that I have a Savior Jesus Christ, that he loves us and has shown all the things that we need to do to live with Him and our Heavenly Father someday. He has given me purpose in life and shaped how I live my life. Hopefully I can always follow His example in what I do and say. He lives and because He lives I have hope. We have living prophets on the earth today, called by Jesus Christ to lead His Church. What a great blessing that is in my life.

How I live my faith

My faith has been my guiding star. It has shaped my life in everything that I have done. I have a great love for my Savior and for what he has done for me. My life has been blessed immensely by following the two great commandments to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." and to "love thy neighbor as thyself." This has helped shape my life in all that I do. I have been blessed to serve in many different responsibilities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One of my favorite experiences has been working with the youth of the church and in the Scouting program. This has given me many great opportunities to spend time with my boys in the outdoors. I have also had the great privilege to serve in many leadership roles in our church which has strengthened me and my family greatly. I have seen the hand of the Lord shape and mold peoples lives who are willing to allow him to do so. Mine included. He can lift heavy burdens from peoples backs if they will but follow Him. Our family is very close due to the teachings of our church regarding the importance of the family. We believe that the family is the most important unit in society and the world. As our families are strong and stable, so is the rest of our lives. By nurturing that family spirit by praying daily together, studying the scriptures and having weekly family activities, we have seen our children grow in their faith and had our faith strengthened also. One of our favorite family activities is to attend the general conference of our church in Salt Lake City every April and October to listen to the Prophets and Apostles speak to us. I am so grateful to have living prophets upon the earth today to help us better understand our relationship with God. God knows each of us individually and has shown me this on many occasions. I am so grateful for this knowledge.