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Hi I'm Rufus

I'm a Mormon, a husband, and a dad.

About Me

I'm a recent college grad with a degree in Theatre Design and minors in Art and Portuguese. I was raised in the Church. As I grew up, participating in the Church from a young age, I gradually developed my own testimony (or witness) of the restored gospel. When the opportunity arrived, I served a mission to share that testimony full-time for two years. I was called to Brazil, and that's where I began to truly know my Savior. I miss the thrill of full-time missionary service, yet God continues to look after me and my little family. After returning from missionary service I started college where met the love of my life on a bench outside of the campus ice cream shop. We married in the temple and now raise a little girl while I finish school. Life has been the adventure I could have never predicted, and my testimony has given it all meaning, purpose, and fills me with enthusiasm in our tumultuous world. For as long as I can remember I have felt a calling towards storytelling and the arts. From an early age I developed a passion for reading, writing and drawing from comic books. To this day you'd likely find me in the comic book section of the bookstore with a graphic novel. One of my dreams is to provide through my own craft a source of inspiration to my fellow human beings, similar to the inspiration I've received from other creative people.

Why I am a Mormon

At some point we all must come to grips with the "Why" in our day-to-day lives. Shortly before serving my mission to Brazil a co-worker brought that to my attention. He knew I was about to serve two whole years proselytizing far away from home. He put the question to me whether I would be doing this simply out of expected duties imposed by my upbringing. Was I doing this out my own conviction or for somebody else? I took the matter to heart, pondering over why I follow this peculiar religious denomination. Honestly for me it has always boiled down to the simple fact that I have a testimony. I've come to know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, restored through His prophet Joseph Smith. This is more than just a belief. The Holy Ghost confirms the truth to me, spirit to spirit, when I read the Book of Mormon, exercise my priesthood righteously, and participate in this great movement we members call Zion. Knowing that I can possess the same surety that Joseph Smith received of this latter-day cause has made all the difference. I've taken the challenge issued by the Book of Mormon to read its words, ponder its message, then ask God if what I'm experiencing is true. I've received my answer, and though I don't know all things, what I have come to know cannot be ignored, because it came from God.

How I live my faith

As a member who holds the priesthood, I am given responsibility as a home teacher to care after certain church members. This is a responsibility given to all priesthood holders who are of-age, which means my family also gets visited once a month by our assigned home teachers. Together with a fellow priesthood holder I visit my families to teach, strengthen, and serve them according to their specific needs. It's one of the highlights of my month to visit with other people and acquaint myself more with their unique stories. Some of my non-member relatives find it incredible I sit through three hours of church every Sunday, the truth is time flies when you get into the moment and feel the Holy Ghost communicating with your spirit. It's a weekly recharge for me and my family. Members sing, pray, share, and learn together. Though I can always be strengthened by the testimonies of surrounding ward members, I learn the most when I teach, not only from the preparation of a lesson, but also from the dialogue of those participating who will participate in class. One of the fundamental principles of following after the Master Jesus Christ is through teaching. As one raised in the Church this principle has been implemented from an early age, for which I'm very thankful. Despite all I've come to learn in the gospel, the practice of eternal principles continues as a life-long series of trials, errors, and retakes.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We're all in this together. We're all God's children. Every single one matters. As members we are taught furthermore where much is given, much is also required. As for myself, I know I've been given much from my Heavenly Father, so who am I not to pay it forward? One of the secrets to a wealthy life abides in sharing with one another, freely and sincerely with no ulterior motives. A good deed well done always comes back tenfold. This is so much more than figures of money or manpower, it's a way of the abundant life. If we are to truly find a life worth living for we must, as Jesus taught, forsake the selfish aspects of our own lives ("It's my life!", "I'll do want I want!", etc), take up the cause and follow in His footsteps. One of the mantras I strive to follow is "Blessed are those who give and never remember while blessed are those who receive and never forget." Show more Show less