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Hi I'm Vernon

I am happily married, a father of 10 children, grandfather of 32, a retired teacher with a hobby of woodworking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a farm/ranch so I know how to ride a horse, milk cows, hunt, fish, and use farm machinery. Went on a mission as a young man, and met my wife on a blind date while in college. Enjoy family, gardening, woodworking, and attending events involving family members. Served missions to Poland, Kenya and now in Nauvoo with my wife. I worked as a Teacher and administrator with the LDS Church Religious Education program for 41 years. The majority of that time was teaching youth in grades 9 - 12. I enjoy teaching. I found enjoyment in watching my children's sporting and cultural events, as I do find that same enjoyment with my grandchildren today. I also like following the sporting events of my Alma-mater.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, but there came a time when I needed to know for myself. I had positive feelings all the time, but my deep conversion came after reading the Book of Mormon and applying the promise contained at the end of the book. I asked God if the Book of Mormon were true, if Joseph Smith saw God and Christ. I gained a witness through the Holy Ghost that those things are true and that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I am also a Mormon because the teachings of the Church gives me answers to the questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? and Where am I going? These answers give me purpose in life and have brought peace after the deaths of those I love, including one of my daughters. I am also a Mormon because living Apostles, Prophets and leaders give guidance in today's world that help me avoid the evils of the world and help me relate to my family and those with whom I associate. It teaches me how to be truly happy. I am a Mormon because I know I will be with my wife and family in eternity and not until death do you part.

How I live my faith

I work at being a Christlike example to my family. I have my personal prayers, scripture reading, and keep the Sabbath Day holy. In our family we also work at having family prayer and study the gospel together. I do my best to keep the commandments Christ gave and treat my fellow men with love and respect. A Ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an organized congregation. The Bishopric presides over the Ward. As a member I have served in leadership positions as a Counselor to the Bishop and as a Bishop. In each case it involved working with members of the Ward, assisting the organization of and directing the members in those organizations. This included both the primary, children's organization, and mutual, youth organization. I have also taught gospel lessons to the adults. I have attended scout camps, girl camps and other ward outings. As a Bishop I counseled with members who had problems with finances, marriage, and family relationships. I also gave comfort at the time of death, and helped plan and conduct funerals. A Stake is several Ward congregations presided over by a Stake Presidency and assisted by members of a High Council. As a member of the High Council and Stake Presidency I have supervised different programs, both adult and youth, and have trained Ward leaders. A home teacher is a Priesthood holder who is assigned under the direction of Ward leaders to care for several families. I have enjoyed visiting the different families that I have been assigned, making sure they are spiritually sound, taking them a message and being concerned about their needs. As a missionary to Poland and Kenya I worked to help the members know how to properly conduct church meetings and care for members of their units. I was open to sharing the message of the restored gospel with those with whom we came in contact. Now as a Temple missionary in Nauvoo I am assisting members in making covenants and doing Temple ordinances for their dead ancestors.