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Hi I'm Herb Ellis Jr.

I'm a Husband, Father, Grand-Father and Teacher and yes I'm also a Mormon. This is my story.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful woman who has given me 4 great children, 3 sons and a daughter. They have all produced 11 grandchildren for us, 7 girls and 4 boys. I am a military retiree with 12 years enlisted in the US Air Force and 12 years as a commissioned Officer in the US Navy. I am now officially retired. I have a BS with the University of New York and 3 Graduate degrees from Webster University in Information Technology, Personnel Management and Training & Development.. I enjoy working with the youth in the Boy Scouting program and in my hobby of Archery.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church at the age of 16 after months of studying it and praying about it. Finally, after getting a blessing from a set on Missionaries for my Diabetic condition and seeing it "Stayed" or cured I was baptized and joined the USAF in 1972. It introduced me to my sweetheart through the single adult program and allowed us to be married/sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. It has helped me to teach good principles of life and doctrine to my children and it continues to teach them to my grandchildren. It is my personal testimony that if it were not for the church I would not be who I am today, nor have any of what I enjoy now. It has given me all that I am. And, I declare that in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in what I do and how I do it. I do my best to be honest with my fellow man and set the example for my posterity as to how a father and grandfather should be. I work hard in the Boy Scouting program when and where I can in our local community. I also help in other community programs to help better our community. I visit other member families in our congregation monthly and provide help to them as they need it. I serve my congregation as called upon in various callings and tasks and I do so with gratitude and thanks to the Lord for all he has given me.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Herb Ellis Jr.
The Holy Ghost is another member of the Holy Trinity of the God Head with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. He is an un-bodied spirit that can dwell with and within each of us and give guidance and direction to us. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Herb Ellis Jr.
Tithing is used to cover the expenses and costs to the building and care of our churches and Temples among other things. What it doesn't pay for is a clergy or minister as we are a lay ministry. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Herb Ellis Jr.
First let me say what it is not. "It does not replace the Bible nor is it our Bible." We also believe in the Holy Bible. It is another witness of Jesus Christ of the teachings and writings of those who people who existed in the Americas starting with a family that left Jerusalem around 600 B.C. and came to the new world by a ship they built. It tells of their experiences and records of the teachings of God and the Ministry of Jesus Christ in this new world we call the Americas. We use it together with the Holy Bible to understand more of who we are as the children of God and how to return to him in honor and glory. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Herb Ellis Jr.
A testimony is a spiritual witness that we offer up to those that will hear us through the Holy Spirit of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ being restored upon the Earth and that He lives. Just as we would testify in a court of law of a truth we testify in the courts of God that the Gospel is true. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Herb Ellis Jr.
No, in fact only those that meet the standards required to serve and are asking to serve will be called to serve. We believe strongly in giving service to others as taught in Matthew 28:19. Generally speaking young men at 18 and young ladies at 19 can serve about a 2 year mission. Older couples can also serve once they are retired. This service teaches them so much more than they could ever hope to teach others. Show more Show less