- Mission, Kansas, United States
- About Me:
I never thought my life was “boring” but just simply “average,” uneventful. But after talking to my friend at the Hickory Hills Ward I realized my life had interesting moments; maybe not exciting times but my life was far from being average.
I was born in Wilmington, Delaware and lived with my parents until I was 20 years old. I moved to Las Vegas, NV to attend college at UNLV. While driving to Las Vegas my friend and I drove through Salt Lake City and I saw the Salt Lake Temple. My first thought was, “I wonder what the Mormons do in the Temple? I will never know!” Yet 7 years later I took my own endowment at the Los Angeles Temple in 1984!
I had several career changes, I worked as a restaurant and hotel manager, then went into health insurance and later banking. But my passion and desire was to become either a teacher or a counselor/therapist. While in my mid 50’s I went back to school and received my master’s degree in counseling psychology. I continue to work as a counselor at the University of Kansas Health System.
I have a passion for learning, reading, listening to music and I love to kayak! When I retire or reduce my hours my goal is to take piano lessons and learn how to dance.
- Who I'd Like to Meet:
I would like to meet someone that has a passion for life! I want to share my life with a companion that has a testimony of the church and wants to continue to grow, learn, do new things and help others. I am the only member of my family that is a member of this church. How I long to share my love of this gospel with someone that has a testimony. It would be wonderful for me to sit next to my companion during sacrament service, hold her hand and enjoy the service.
- How I feel about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
I joined the church in 1982, two years after I married my wife.i didn’t think that I was a spiritual man, definitely not religious. In fact, as an arrogant young man I firmly believed that organized religion was good for people that were weak and needed a “crutch!” Well soon after I married my wife we fell on difficult times. I felt compelled to seek out God and I investigated several churches. But none of the churches offered what I felt was the whole truth. For example, I asked one lay minister that I felt I should be baptized. He said if I believe in Jesus Christ and accept Christ as my Savior I didn’t have to be baptized. But I asked for further instruction saying if Jesus himself felt the need to be baptized should I not be baptized also? The leader said he would discuss my baptism with our minister. A short time later a co-worker shared his testimony of the true church. I was later baptized, but no one in my family joined the church. My wife never accepted the gospel and my parents and siblings refused to listen to what I so desperately wanted to share. After 38 years of marriage my wife and I divorced. I was never able to fully share how much I loved the church and how the church changed my life completely.