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Hi I'm Fred

I grew up in the United States with good parents, but, we were never active in any Church. I joined the Mormon Church in College.

About Me

I was born in Japan during the Allied Occupation after WWII. My father was a career Army Officer. As a youth we lived in New York, Maryland, Washington, and California based on the needs of my father's career. As an adult I've lived in North Carolina, Germany, Oklahoma, California, Connecticut and now Utah. I love the outdoors, especially the mountains. I am an expert rifle marksman. I read a lot of history, especially involving ancient Rome and the American Revolution. I retired from the insurance industry in 2010, and, also had a career in the U.S. Army retiring from that work in 1998.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that seldom attended any Church. My father was a devote believer in God, but, never endorsed any single Christian Church. During these years I felt something missing in my life was quietly interested in religion. I liked seeing pictures of the great cathedrals of Europe and learning about what many called "the age of faith". When I started college I was finally in a position to investigate the various Churches. I visited many. We also had informal discussions in the dormitory with others of faith. I finally concluded the right Church would be the one to address some key questions/characteristics. 1. Why didn't Christ minister to those outside Roman Judea; 2. The right Church needed to be a Church modern revelation -- Prophets who could get direction from above; 3. It needed to be organized in a way to serve people - not just the institution. One of my friends was Mormon, and upon hearing these criteria introduced me to the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith. After some months of reading, prayer and reflection it was clear the Gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored to the Earth. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have never regretted it. The Book of Mormon is the key -- read it, study it, pray about it and learn for yourself.

How I live my faith

We are active in our local Ward. I work as the Boy Scout Committee Chair and volunteer for other Church service. Most importantly, I read the scriptures, have personal and family prayer daily. The focus of my scripture study most recently has been the New Testament in order to obtain the best understanding possible of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. That said, throughout my 40+ years of Church membership the Book of Mormon has been the most frequently read scripture -- I've read it dozens of times. I recommend it to the world along with the Bible. Outside the Church I volunteer as a Civil Air Patrol member and help our community by providing various emergency services in times of need. Service to others is such an important part of living one's faith.