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Hi I'm Fred Gerlach

I grew up in Upstate New York. I am a retired Air Traffic Controller. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am retired from several different careers, air traffic control, as a member of the United States military, and as a sales manager for an optical equipment company. They have all brought me joy and a feeling of accomplishment. I also went to a university, where I obtained a degree in History. I love history, and especially how it effects people and civilizations, ethno-history, and cultural anthropology. I also enjoy teaching, which I have done in my careers, the military, and some volunteer work. I have a beautiful wife, we have been married for 45 years, 4 children, and 9 grand-children. We enjoy doing many things together. We have a family organization, which we call, F-A-S-T, standing for Families Always Stick Together. I love to travel and meet people, see the beauty of nature, art, and historical buildings. I love to read, my favorite books involve history. My Grandfather told me many times, to get a good education, and that it would serve me well in life. I have realized through my experiences that was wise advice.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in my family as a Mormon. During my early childhood, my mother was a Baptist, but she was taught by the missionaries and decided to join the Mormon church. She was the only one from her family who joined the Mormon church so as I was growing up, I got to see the differences in how they lived their lives and what they believed compared to what I was taught in my home. I was raised in an area, where I was the only Mormon in my school. My best friend was Jewish, we formed a close bond, as both of our faiths were out of the mainstream of religion in our community. As I grew older, my family moved to Utah, where it was easier to be supported in living amongst other Mormons. I still needed to know of myself, that the Mormon church was true, that happened through study and prayer, and serving in the Mormon church. The greatest faith promoting experience that I had was serving on a Mormon mission in Switzerland. It was difficult trying to teach others my beliefs as the people were very set in their ways. I have a strong testimony that God is our loving father in heaven, and that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth, to teach us His gospel, a better way to live our lives. Jesus atoned for my sins, and has made it possible for me to return to heaven, where He and His Father live. The Mormon church is centered on families, a loving group. that strengthens us here on earth, and through the sealing power of the Priesthood, which is in the Mormon church, makes it possible for us to live as a family after this life. I am thankful for the many blessings which the Lord and given to me, and that I have received through my membership in the Mormon church, Christ's restored church, in our day.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith on a daily basis rather than just on Sunday. I do this by studying the scriptures and following the Savior by striving to help others. I visit families in my ward, as a home teacher, I teach them a gospel message and discuss ways that we can better live our lives through helping one another. I am currently preparing to serve the Lord as a full-time missionary. It has been a blessing to serve in my church in many capacities. I have enjoyed teaching the youth and a young marrieds class. I believe that the sabbath day, is a special time to rest from our labors and to concentrate on ways of living a Christ-centered life. I have also volunteered as a tutor in an elementary school helping children to read, and serving on a board of directors at a community care and share.