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Hi I'm Al Fisher

I'm a Mormon. I wasn't born in the church, but learned about it from friends when my family was young.

About Me

I got married a week before getting orders to go to Vietnam. When I returned I started a career in communications that lasted 36 years. I enjoy things that last, like old buildings and cars. I have a handful of classic cars including the Model A Ford I drove in high school. Still waiting for the time and money to restore them properly. I really like hiking, backpacking and camping but a thing called work makes it hard to get out as much as I want. I'm finishing my employment years at the school my kids attended years ago. When I retire in a couple years that should change. My family has grown and I'm anxious to spend more time with the grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

When we started our family, my wife and I had questions about religion our minister couldn't answer. We decided we'd get our answers by being more involved in the church so we became Sunday school teachers and governing board members. As we got more involved, we became more troubled that our questions weren't being answered. I recalled the military had church for Catholics, Protestants and Jews. Protestant churches are basically alike. I had Jewish friends and had attended Catholic mass and knew there was something better. Friends at work were investigating the Mormon church and talking about things I'd never heard of so I asked for more information. I learned that God and Jesus Christ continue to love us and speak to men today just as they spoke to Bible prophets in the Old World. I learned that they also spoke to men in the New World. I learned there is a plan that answers all the questions that troubled my wife and I. I learned my life has a purpose to follow the plan and be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed helping other people and the church has helped me recognize opportunities to do that nearly every day. I regularly visit church members with an uplifting message that also lifts me. I help the Boy Scouts as much as I can with with camping and fundraising. We have a pit in my backyard where we cook up to 45-50 Thanksgiving turkeys every year, and I share my cookstove and cast iron cookware for church social events. My wife and I identify our ancestors so we can include them in our eternal family. Attending weekly church services encourages me to learn more and remember the Lord in everything I think and say and do. It's not always easy, but it's worth it.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Al Fisher
Mormons are very much like the people you already know. They wear their Sunday best clothes for church, and whatever is appropriate for other occasions. Those often include group socials for patriotic holidays like July 4th or celebrations in the spring or fall. They celebrate Christmas and Easter as special holidays to remember the birth and life of Jesus Christ. Members around the world celebrate the local and national holidays wherever they live. Show more Show less