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Hi I'm Rod Morris

Raised in CA, I am a father, an actuary, and a soccer coach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my high school sweetheart, still married after 20+ years. When I was 19, I lived for two years in the Dominican Republic as a missionary. I love the Dominican people and get very excited when I meet a Dominican. We have six beautiful children. The first 5 are girls and the last is a boy. I played soccer when I was younger and now coach 1 or 2 teams a year. I love to mountain bike, go to the gym, go on vacation with my wife and family, and I love the Dodgers. Most recently I got my motorcycle license and am now addicted to riding must be that mid-life crisis thing. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon. Some might think that this means that I am not a convert or don't have a conversion story because I have been a Mormon my whole life. This could not be further from the truth. Each of us has to be converted. You don't stay a Mormon very long as an adult if you truly don't believe it contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My conversion occurred when I was 17 years old. It was after a period of time in my life when I tried to find happiness looking everywhere but where my parents had taught me that I would find it. I think I didn't even realize I was unhappy until I started to change my life a little to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ. There was a period of time when I would go back and forth following the commandments partially, kind of going back and forth. It was during this period of time that I learned the link between happiness and obeying the commandments of God. It was then when I said, OK there is something to this. I started to pray again, read my scriptures again, and over time, the knowledge of the truthfulness of the Gospel entered into my heart again. This was a very personal experience that is difficult to share in words. But, if you are looking for the truth, you can find it. God will let you know that he is real in his own way. You can know that you are a child of God and that he loves you and wants you to return to live with him. Many years later, I still know that God lives, that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have that I can get down on my knees each day to beg for forgiveness, ask for help at home and at work, to help me with anxiety and fear, or to deal with any other everyday problems that I have. 

How I live my faith

As I mentioned before, I love to coach soccer and feel it is one way in which I can volunteer my time. I also have the blessing to regularly visit an elderly man whom I just adore. He is in a rest home, lonely, and is not very mobile but I love to visit this man who is a very educated man. He helps me keep my life into perspective. He always reminds me how important family is. One of my church responsibilities is to visit inmates at the local Prison. I have a clergy pass and can visit members of the church or family members of members of the church that request a visit from a Mormon clergy. This is at times a difficult assignment as the Prison is a very depressing place but I find comfort in knowing that these inmates are also Children of God and he cares about them and desires that we visit with them and bring them hope. Another church assignment is to be a liaison to the newly created local Korean congregation of our church. I help the local Korean members with whatever they would like but really help them integrate and feel apart of the local community of Mormon churches in our area. I don't know Korean, but I am learning some phrases. I am also growing to love the food and culture. 

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Rod Morris
I like this question. A testimony is very personal. It is a personal knowledge that you are a Child of God, that Jesus Christ is the Savior, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the fullness of the Truth. This knowledge cannot be given to you but everyone and anyone can gain this knowledge. It comes from reading, studying, mediating, and praying to Heavenly Father God about its truthfulness. For example, you can know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are true testimonies of Jesus Christ by reading and studying them. Then, get on your knees and ask if it is true. If you are sincere, you will receive your own answer or testimony.  Show more Show less