Hi I'm Russ
I am a grandfather. Together with my wife we share 22 grandchildren and counting. I still work part time as a sales rep traveling throughout Colorado and adjoining states. My hobbies include gardening, historical books and tracking the stock market. I have a degree in finance.
Why I am a Mormon
I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormons). since birth. I gained my conviction that the church is true in my early 20's after deciding that I needed to know for myself if the doctrines that I had been taught all my life was the gospel that was taught by Jesus Christ. I gained this "testimony" for myself after reading the Book of Mormon in 20 days while teaching school in the U.S. Navy, putting my study to prayer and contemplation to learn if the Book was what it was being claimed to be. I knew that the Bible was an inspired book. I needed them to reinforce together the teachings of Jesus Christ This conviction came through a sweet and peaceful feeling in my mind and heart. With this knowledge I then studied the life of Joseph Smith and other teachings of the Church while at the same time attending Church meetings. My faith has continued to grow from that time. I enjoy a sweet feeling of peace in spite of the turmoil in the world. What a wonderful way of life it has been my privilege to have since then. This is a practical religion in addition to answering the questions about where I came from, why I am here and where am I going after death, and perhaps most importantly, what is meant by believing that Jesus is indeed the Christ? Also the realization that we do indeed have a living prophet to guide us is a gift and a blessing that fills me with gratitude.
How I live my faith
One of my great joys is to have the opportunity to visit 3 special families in my ward every month, assisting them in whatever issues they have in their lives, be it financial, or whatever is going on at the time. I love them. We also enjoy having regular visits each month from two other "brothers" who are interested in our welfare, spiritually, emotionally and economically. My wife also receives regular visits from two good "sisters" from our ward. I presently serve in our ward Sunday School assisting teachers of other classes. I have served in the past as a counselor to 2 Bishops, and as a Ward Clerk. I work hard to ensure that my children and grandchildren learn and understand the blessings that come with keeping this very practical and fulfilling faith that my wife and I have enjoyed. When faced with an important decision, we try to follow the counsel, "What would Jesus do?"