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Hi I'm Fred

I am thankful that I am a Mormon now but did not even know about the Church until I was 33.

About Me

I was raised in a family that enjoyed outdoor activities and was active in track, sailing, skiing and crew. After serving in the US Navy aboard the nuclear submarine Nautilus I built a house and was married to my wife, Betsy. We have been married 43 years and have five wonderful children who are all happily married and we have 16 grandchildren. My wife and I enjoy being with our children and grandchildren but also like to go hiking, tent camping and kayaking together. I recently retired from being a heating, ventilating and air conditioning engineer designing energy efficient mechanical systems for buildings. In my spare time I have built three houses, done major renovations on four houses and enjoy helping others with home repairs. I also enjoy doing family history work for my ancestors and others.

Why I am a Mormon

After my father passed away I felt an increased desire to know more about my family. We were living in Connecticut on the east coast of the United States and decided that we would visit my grandmother in Los Angeles on the west coast about 3000 miles away. Betsy, our two daughters (three and four years old) and I had only two weeks of vacation for the trip in our old car. The first day that we were driving through Utah we had trouble with the car's ignition, brakes and alternator as well as other problems, any of which could have stopped our trip. Every problem was overcome in special ways so that we continued without interruption for the rest of the trip. We know that the hand of the Lord kept our trip on schedule and preserved us for a special purpose. On our return trip through Utah we were to pass through Salt Lake City. My wife's father had asked her to visit Temple Square if we were ever near by. I was concerned that we return on schedule and said that we could stop but only for 15 minutes. We took a little longer and my wife signed our name in the visitor log. Three months after our trip the missionaries came and visited with Betsy twice without me. I was too busy doing extra work to support our family. She persuaded me to join her for the third meeting. The missionaries offered to sell us a Book of Mormon for $1.00. At that time I was taking a speed reading course and asked to practice on something cheep that I didn't care about. This was good on both counts so I bought it. I was skeptical but read for practice on my reading course. It was like the Bible where the people prospered when righteous but were chastened when disobedient. When I read "How oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens" I knew that the Lord was calling me. Then reading of the Savior's appearance as a resurrected being to the people of this land I knew that He came not just for the people who lived on the other side of the world 2000 years ago but that He came for me.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve others in many ways including teaching youth and adults the gospel. I have also participated in the Boy Scouts of America as scoutmaster and other positions helping the youth to develop their knowledge, skills and to appreciate the outdoors. I have used my knowledge of engineering and building construction to represent the church for building facilities construction, renovation and maintenance work. Organizational and leadership skills developed in the church have helped me in my vocation. When I first joined the church I was afraid to read a simple prayer; in a time I could prepare and deliver long gospel centered talks. This prepared me for making engineering presentations at work. I have been able to serve the Lord in many leadership positions which involve coordination of various resources and counselling with members of the church. Betsy and I have served together on an inner city mission to serve members of the church who recently came from refugee camps in East Africa. We helped in their transition to life in a new environment and helped to teach gospel principals to strengthen them and their families. We have also served together in the Washington DC and the Bountiful Utah Temples. We are presently serving together on a full time mission to assist the members of a small congregation in Minnesota.