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Hi I'm Herb

I was raised in Michigan. I worked as a law librarian at several university law schools and lived in ten states. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy reading historical novels and learning languages. I have studied some Spanish, Czech and currently Ukrainian. I also enjoy attending plays and Shakespeare festivals. While I do not spend much time watching television, I do like to follow college basketball and football games. My favorite sport is baseball and I grew up following the Detroit Tigers. I enjoy helping develop and nurture leadership teams. My personal philosophy is that "No one shines unless someone focuses the light." During my academic career, I hope that I was able to focus the spotlight on my colleagues. I have written about and spoken at conferences dealing with leadership issues. I also edited a book entitled, "Leadership Roles For Librarians." I usually enjoy participating in political party activities. For six years I served at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and I am an emeritus docent.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a nineteen year old college student, I was seeking to know what was truth. I saw an article in a student newspaper which invited students to come to a Mormon institute meeting. I had met the governor of the state of Michigan, George Romney--who was a Mormon--so I decided to go to the institute meeting and find out what his church was all about. I enjoyed the meeting and the next day I began taking the missionary lessons. Ten days later I was baptized. My whole life has been filled with tremendous blessings and opportunites to grow in wisdom and knowledge about Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. I now understand how I can return to live with God eternally and help ensure that my ancestors can do the same. It is a wonderful privilege to associate with prophets on this earth who lead and guide us. Each day I also profit from reading the Book of Mormon. I am grateful that the Prophet Joseph Smith was worthy to translate this sacred book of scripture. There is a special spirit about this book that brings hope and comfort to my soul. The best part of my life now is that I live near a temple. I am blessed to have an awesome wife sealed to me in the temple for eternity. I attend the temple regularly so that I can learn, through the Holy Spirit, what I need to do to become aligned with the will of Father in Heaven. I also go to the temple so that I can feel the peace that resides in the Lord's House. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know that it is only by and through His infinite atonement and matchless grace that I can obtain eternal life. During my time on earth, I hope I can express my love for the Savior by doing good and by keeping the covenants that I have made with him. Soon, my wife and I will go to Ukraine for 23 months to serve as missionaries. We hope that we can invite others to come unto Christ and experience the wonderful blessings that we have found in His church--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have been a Mormon for nearly fifty years. I am the only member of the LDS Church in my family. I joined the LDS Church when I was a freshman in college. The following year I was called on a full-time mission to California and then to Arizona. I have served as an adult Sunday School teacher, a leader in several adult men organizations, and I have filled various other leadership assignments--several of which involved working with smaller congregations. Currently, I work with 12 and 13 year young men.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

I am grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that the Savior's atonement allows me to overcome physical and spiritual death, but the Atonement is much more that. The Atonement is the foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through and by the grace of Jesus Christ and by the shedding of the Savior's blood in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, all mankind can be saved. We have an opportunity to be resurrected and we can fulfill the promise of eternal life. I try to benefit each day from the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Atonement is a living and breathing doctrine. I know that through the Atonement or the sacrifice of our Redeemer, Christ paid for my sins. But the Atonement is not just for big-time sins or big-time sinners. The Atonement also paid for my troubles, trials and afflictions. Each and every day I have the privilege to ask Jesus Christ to lift the burdens that I carry--to lift my load of care. Jesus Christ has offered to strengthen us. He has already paid the price for my sins and my heart-ache. I need to trust in Him and his Atonement. I do good works to demonstrate my love for Jesus Christ. My testimony, however, is that nothing I can do on this earth will merit salvation and exaltation. Salvation and exaltation come only through the enabling power of the Atonement of the Savior. If I follow His teachings and example, obey His commandments, and endure to end, I can return to live with Jesus Christ. Show more Show less