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Hi I'm Fred

I grew up in northern Oregon. I am a husband, a father and a grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children raised in the Pacific Northwest where I grew to love the natural world, the beauty of mountains, forests and rivers. I have always enjoyed reading fiction and nonfiction both for learning and relaxation. History and Science are the genres that I find most interesting at this stage in my life. I served as missionary in Sweden where I learned to love its people and their culture. I have had the opportunity to return there several times in connection with my employment. I am privileged to have a role in managing the care and maintenance of the sacred temples built by the Church. This has been very rewarding. I have been married for over 35 years to my wonderful wife with whom I have seven wonderful children, each a unique individual. Now we are grandparents of nine beautiful grandchildren with more to come. Loving these comes very easily to us. We have certainly had challenges and disappointments in the life that we have shared but we have been greatly blessed. Happiness has journeyed with us and deep sorrow has infrequently crossed our path. For this we are grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe he is who he declared himself to be. I believe that God is our Father. I believe that life has meaning and that God, through the words of his prophets, desires that we understand the purpose of our lives. I believe that the Book of Mormon is sacred scripture and that the Old and New Testaments are as well. I believe that we are living in the latter days in which the prophetic events foretold in ancient scripture are and will be fulfilled. I have been blessed in countless ways as I have tried to live the principles taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have had many responsibilities (callings) as I have participated in my local congregation (Ward) of the Church. One responsibility I have had since I was a youth and that all adult men have is to visit and take an interest in the spiritual and temporal welfare of several of the other families in the congregation. Many of my closest friendships have developed from fulfilling this responsibility. I currently teach a Sunday School class for adults. This year we are teaching from the Old Testament. It is a beautiful part of the scriptures full of truth and wisdom. I teach every third Sunday alternating with two other teachers. My wife and I have tried to love the children whom God has entrusted to us in mortality. We have tried to teach them both by precept and by example the truthfulness of the Gospel. That Jesus Christ is our Savior that God is real and that He hears and answers our prayers. We have tried to teach them the principles of a happy life: To follow Christ's teaching to do unto others as they would have others do unto them. To be self reliant. To work hard. To love learning. To be humble. To repent when they do wrong. To pray. To have faith in times of trial. To be forgiving. We are now grandparents and assume the role that our own parents played in our children's lives, to help teach our grandchildren the eternal truths that God has revealed. To be a witnesses in addition to that of their parents of the reality of God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. There is joy in doing this.