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Hi I'm Fred Davenport

I'm 70 years old, retired, a husband, father and grandfather. I have a bunch of really cool grandchildren. I"m a Mormon.

About Me

My wife Debra and I have been married 44 years. We're both surprised at that, but can't begin to imagine being with anyone else. We have four children and fourteen grandchildren. I've been a member of the Church all my life, which has been the source of most of life's greatest rewards. We moved here to Spanish Fork from Alaska to begin what has been a fun and rewarding retirement. We enjoy Travel, tugging a comfy 5th wheel travel trailer around with us. I also enjoy woodworking, fishing, family and friends, and spend a lot of time on a four-wheeler exploring the endless wonders here in Utah. I'm a slow learner, and thus truly grateful to the Lord for the time he has given me to figure out why he me placed me here on earth in this place at this time. Countless prayers over the years, pleading to know what he wants me to do to make my way back into his presence, have produced a couple of simple answers: First is to love all men with the pure love of Christ, and the second is to testify of him.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony or witness of Jesus Christ was difficult to articulate in my early years. It seems I have always known, from a very early age, that my Savior loves me. But I was slow in reaching the point where I felt able to share that with others. The temptations and trials I have encountered in life were not things I could have overcome by myself. I've had too many opportunities to literally destroy myself through wrong choices. Without the love and guidance of my Savior I would surely have failed to reach an abiding faith in him. I know that he lives and loves me as much as he did those he walked with during his mission on the earth, that the heavens are not closed. He still reveals his will to his servants, the prophets, and a living prophet leads his Church on the earth today. At this late stage of my life, as I study and explore and live his revealed word in the scriptures and seek opportunities to serve and bless the lives of others, I enjoy new personal insights, understanding and revelation in every aspect of daily life, just as he promised to all those who repent and keep his commandments. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Debra and I stay active in the Church and serve in a variety of ways. I find this a tremendous help in keeping that second great commandment, to love others as myself. Membership in the Church is one of the great blessings in my life. I served as a missionary to Germany in my youth, as did my father and grandfather before me. Debra and I served as a couple in the Australia, Adelaide mission. I'm now a service missionary, and help to maintain the 35 chapels here in the Spanish Fork area. Debra and I read the scriptures together each night and go to do temple work once a week. The new Family Tree resources of the Church have allowed me to finally master the mysteries of genealogy research. There is so much to do with Church, family and friends, I often wonder how I once found the time to go to work every day.

What is being a Mormon like?

Fred Davenport
As a Mormon I understand the Father's plan for me, where I came from, why I'm here on this earth, and where I'm going after this life. Knowing the true nature of my Father in Heaven and my relationship with my Savior and doing what they expect of me gives me a tremendous confidence before the Lord, a delight in God's creations and a love of others that can be had from no other source. I have a great life - I have loads of fun doing just about anything I want - there is nothing restrictive or limiting about being obedient to the wise instructions given to me by a loving Father in Heaven. I can avoid the bondage caused by sin - things like the poverty of single parenthood, addictions, alcoholism, guilt, perversions, etc.- with no sense of loss or restriction. I enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost when making any decision, whether great or small. Faith and joy and confidence are mine through membership in the Lord's Church. Show more Show less