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Hi I'm Ron

I was raised on a small farm, I was adopted as a child, I'm a mechanical engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married almost 20 years to a wonderful woman I met in college. I have seven children ranging from high schoolers to toddlers. Life is full and wonderful! I work hard as a dad and full time as a mechanical engineering consultant to heavy industry around Arizona. As an engineer, I enjoy helping solve people's most agonizing technical problems in their operating plants. I grew up on a small farm near Duncan, Arizona. I graduated from Eastern Arizona College (EAC) in 1992 and from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1996. I currently own my own company. I played tennis in high school, coached after work for a while, and currently enjoy helping out with the local high school tennis team. I still enjoy the outdoor activities I experienced with my dad as a young man: hunting, camping, fishing and exploring new country. I have also been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for many years and treasure the experience of working with and helping young men.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my junior year of high school due to a good friend's urging to look into it and a remarkable experience I had at an LDS youth conference. He and some other close friends had invited me for years to come to various activities and Sunday meetings. I had attended a few weekday youth meetings and Boy Scout outings. I ocassionally attended various other religions Sunday church meetings. I wasn't particularly religious, although I would read the Bible from time to time. I was naturally curious as a young man and read, almost in their entirety, the set of encylopedias we had in our home. My friend and I would have lengthy discussions about religious thought and doctrine when we were together and at times on the long bus rides to and from school. He was patient and thoughtful and it was clear that he had read and studied the scriptures. I decided to attend an LDS youth conference the summer between my junior and sophomore years of high school. One of the opening speakers at the conference said something that touched me and I felt a deep assurance that I needed to unite with the religion. My friend was there. I told him I was ready to be baptized, much to his surprise. Soon after, I spoke to my parents and called the full-time missionaries to come teach our family. Learning about the Savior, the restoration of the gospel, and the plan of salvation was deeply satisfying. The doctrines had a familiar ring, the gentle feelings of the Holy Ghost were present and I felt assured of their truth. I and my brother were soon baptized, beginning this wonderful journey of faith.

How I live my faith

My wife and I are trying our best to follow the Savior at home and lead our family to Him. We enjoy having meals together, reading the scriptures, helping out our neighbors, and family vacations! I feel like my greatest calling in life is being a dad. I currently serve in a leadership capacity helping to oversee 10 wards (congregations) of 400+ church members each. I have many opportunities to speak in church meetings, teach lessons, and visit church members and neighbors. We are continually trying to help increase our member's faith in Jesus Christ and strengthen families. I am also involved in a home ministry called home teaching where my son and I serve as companions and are assigned to a number of famlies to visit monthly, share a gospel message and make sure their needs are met. It's been fun serving together, especially when we feel like we're doing some good. I love serving other people. In my profession as an engineer, I feel that I can provide services to people that they can't provide for themselves. I feel my faith helps motivate me to a deeper level of dilligence and care for the interests and needs of people that have problems to solve that they couldn't otherwise get answers to. I really enjoy that.