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Hi I'm Roger

I grew up in northern Utah. I've been an attorney for 34 years in Utah. I help children. I'm a Mormon

About Me

My wife and I are the parents of 6 children (1 deceased) and a grandfather of 11. Two of our children have special needs. We were their foster parents and later adopted them. One lives in a group home about 30 miles away and one lives near us in his own apartment. Our youngest daughter passed away last year on Thanksgiving Day from leukemia and was my most difficult trial of my life. I like most to do things with my grandchildren, tinker with cars, ride my motorcycle and teach Sunday School. I enjoy doing what I can myself instead of hiring others. My wife and I have built two homes and have done much of the work ourselves. I live with my wife and our dog, Skip. I've been a lawyer for 34 years. I am now semi-retired. I still handle a few cases and help my son (who is also an attorney). In my career I have been a prosecutor, a Guardian ad litem (an attorney appointed by a court to represent children), represented an agency that helps children and have had a general private practice. I have seen many children who were mentally and emotionally abused as a result of how their parents acted during their divorce. I am working to change the way attorneys and courts handle divorce cases to minimize the damage to children and to help them recover from damage that has already been done.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the LDS Church. I have continued to belong and be active in the church because I have a personal testimony of the Savior and of the truthfulness of his teachings as set forth in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. As part of my college educational requirements for my course of study, I learned about many different religions and their beliefs. I have always respected other religions and I respect and admire their members. I have many friends who do not share my religious beliefs. Even so, my observations and my study of these religions has reinforced my belief and testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church with the fullness of the Gospel. This testimony has been strengthened by the many times my prayers have been answered and by the whisperings of the Holy Spirit to me as I have sought forgiveness for my sins and as I have sought and received needed strength and guidance. My life has been saved through following the promptings of the spirit. My faith was most tried, but also most strengthened as my youngest daughter fought to recover from leukemia for a full year only to then pass away, leaving her husband and two young boys to go on without her. I don't know why she was taken and had to suffer as she did, but I do know that my Savior and my Heavenly Father strengthened and helped her throughout her illness and that she became stronger and more Christlike through the things she suffered. As we went through her funeral and beyond, I have come to know my Savior as never before and have received the peace that he promised to those who mourn. My wife and I still miss her more than words can express, but we know she is with her Heavenly Father and is loved and is happy. Our challenge now is to help her husband raise her children without her, but I know that she will help us from beyond the veil and that as we struggle, we will receive needed comfort and guidance from her and from the Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

My wife and I try to follow the example Christ set by helping others. Years ago, we heard that foster parents were needed to take in children whose parents had abused or neglected them. We took in twin boys who had just been born. Their mother had used alcohol while she was pregnant, causing one of them to be mildly and the other severely, handicapped. After two years, the parents gave them up and we decided to adopt them. At the time, we knew these two boys were impaired, but did not know the full extent of their impairment. We knew they would require extra love and attention along with special medical care. We had 4 children of our own we were raising and weren't sure we could provide them all they needed. However, we felt strongly that the Lord had inspired us to become foster parents for the purpose of having these boys (they were our only foster children). We agreed to adopt them. We trusted that since the Lord had given them to us, he would help us do what would be required of us. In spite of their handicaps, we love them as we love our natural children. One of them in particular has been difficult. Mentally he is only about 3 years old and not only has medical conditions that cause him to be frequently hospitalized, he can also be extremely violent. He is now 22 years old. At times he can become so violent and difficult that we have worried about being able to safely keep him in our home. We have thought about why the Lord would allow a child to be born afflicted as he is. We have decided that he is here, not for his own salvation (he is already saved), but to help others gain patience and compassion for those of God's children who are handicapped. Raising these boys has been a huge challenge. Until recently, the more handicapped boy always had to have either my wife or I with him when he was not in school. We know that we could not have raised these boys without the inspiration and guidance of our Heavenly Father.

In whom should we have faith?

Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon teach us that we should have faith in Christ. As the individual who died for our sins, Christ is our advocate with the father and it is through him that we come unto the Father. Show more Show less