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Hi I'm Ron Wilson

I'm a husband, father, advertiser, and avid sportsman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 5th generation Mormon. When I was 19-years old I served a mission for our church in Virginia and West Virginia, in the United States. I later finished college and earned a bachelor of science degree. I am married to a wonderful woman who makes me want to be a better man. I have 4 children...3 girls and 1 boy. My family enjoys nature...hiking, ATV riding, motorcycling, and camping. I work in the advertising/marketing industry. I enjoy my work, but find true happiness in being a husband and father. I find peace in being Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. My parents were born Mormon. My grandparents were born Mormon. My great-grandmother was born Mormon. My great-great-grandfather converted to Mormonism in 1830, the year The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established. My great-great-grandfather was at one time a bodyguard for Joseph Smith. So, I guess you could say that Mormonism is in my blood. But, as most Mormons I had to decide for myself if Mormonism was for me. This decision came as I decided that I wanted to serve as a missionary for my Church. If I was going to teach people about Mormonism, I had to know for myself that it was all that it claimed to be. I spent months studying the Book of Mormon, and the Bible. I researched the early days of Mormonism, and read as much as I could about Joseph Smith. I had to know if this religion was real or just a well crafted hoax. At the culmination of my "testing" Mormonism I knew that I had to ask God if this is His Church and if He did authorize its creation. I prayed more fervently for an answer then I had ever prayed before. Well, to make a long story short...I did serve a mission and I have been an active, engaged Mormon to this day.

How I live my faith

I try every day to live my faith as a Mormon by serving in my community. I serve in my local congregation in the bishopric (the local leadership of a Mormon congregation); I serve my neighbors by assisting where needed - spring clean-up projects, serving the elderly and those in need, and coordinating food drives for the needy are just a few examples of community service. I also live my faith by trying to be the best person I can be. I know that God expects me to be the best I can be, but that I am only human and will often make mistakes. Gratefully, when I make mistakes I can ask forgiveness from God and from those I have offended. And through Jesus Christ's Atonement, I can be forgiven for my mistakes.

Are Mormons Christians?

Ron Wilson
Yes. Mormons are Christians. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. The name of our Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Christ's name is in the name of our Church for a reason, because it is Jesus Christ's church, restored. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Ron Wilson
The name "Mormon" was given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the early 1800's, and it stuck. It is commonly understood that the name was because of the Church's use of the Book of Mormon. The terms "Mormons," "LDS," and "Mormonism" are all synonymous for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or members of the Church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ron Wilson
Jesus Christ said, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40). Mormon's try to follow the example of the Savior in all aspects of their lives. There is a misperception that Mormons only help Mormons, when in reality Mormons try to help everyone. I teach my children the importance of service through serving; whether it is for an individual or a community, serving others is what I believe Jesus Christ wants each of us to do. Show more Show less