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Hi I'm Lee

I'm a retired Air Force, Navy, and Airline pilot. I love fly fishing and helping people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a retired military and airline pilot. We have two children and twin 15 month old granddaughters. My wife is a great gardner, long arm quilter, and loves to hike. I, also love hiking and fly fishing, in addition to riding our motorcycle with trailer on road trips. I am a counselor in our ward bishopric, as well as a worker in the Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife has been a member of the church since being a teenager. I had avoided all churches. When my children began taking missionary lessons, I reluctantly allowed it, but was negative in my behavior. Later, I broke my elbow rollerblading, jeopardizing my career as a pilot. I began to secretly read the Book of Mormon, then the Bible, hoping to discover contradictions between them. What I discovered was complete agreement between them. I still didn't want anyone to know that I had come to know the Book of Mormon was true. It would mean that I needed to make changes in my life style. I reflected that all the Mormons I had ever met were wonderful people, that this church was the right way. Still, I procrastinated joining. I was not sure about Joseph Smith as a prophet. I did not really know what a prophet is, assuming some kind of heavenly being. As I read all I could find about Joseph Smith. I came to realize that he was a man, like me, but that he had seen God, and could not deny the role given to him. I, too, realized that I knew the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that The Lord,would hold me accountable for what I knew and how I acted upon it. I decided to be baptized, I certainly surprised my family. The more,I studied and prayed, the more I knew I had done the right thing. I have never seen anything in the church that has ever made me question my decision to be baptized. I consider my membership, and more importantly my Temple Covenants to be the most important things I have ever done in my life.

How I live my faith

As a bishopric member in our ward, I stay busy trying to help our members, particularly the youth. Service projects to help the community food bank, assisting the elderly, and single sisters are very enjoyable. I look forward to teaching gospel subjects, especially from the Old Testament. I really enjoy telling my conversion story, and explaining that the Lord truly utilizes the humble and imperfect to do his work. I believe my life experiences (I didn't join the church until I was 42), give me much empathy towards others.