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Hi I'm Roy

My roots are in Washington State, but my tree grows in Ohio. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

About me...let's see...I'm a Dad, a husband, a son, and a brother. I love college football, (Michigan Wolverines...GO BLUE!!). I joined the church as a teenager, served a mission in Bangkok, Thailand, married my super awesome wife in the temple, had four kids, became converted to the Atonement of Christ...in that order. One day, if I am truly fortunate, I will fall to my Saviors feet, bathe them in my tears and thank Him for not giving up on me...ever!

Why I am a Mormon

Many years ago, I was riding home with a friend, and I asked her a simple question..."Do you believe that you existed before you were born...that if your mom and dad hadn't gotten together, that you would somehow still exist?". She said that she did believe that and that her church taught that same principle and would I like to learn more? Shortly thereafter, I was invited to her home for dinner with her family and two well dressed young men. They taught me about prophets and about Joseph Smith. One of these missionaries said to me that they could teach me everything they knew about the gospel of Jesus Christ, but until I asked God to know for myself if it was true, I would never really know. I pondered upon this statement and after reading a few verses in the scriptures, I decided to ask for myself if what they were teaching me was truly God's gospel and not just man's understanding of it. I was in my bedroom one night in the late summer, and as I began praying the noises of the night grew louder and louder...it got so loud that I couldn't concentrate on my prayer and finally, out loud I said "STOP!! I need to know if this is true!!" At that moment, everything became instantly quiet, and a voice as clear as my own, whispered to me, "Yes, it is true." The overwhelming feeling that accompanied that message created a permanent print upon my heart and my soul that to this day, 30 years later, it still brings tears to my eyes. I knew at that moment as clearly as I know today, that I had found the true gospel of Jesus Christ here upon the earth once more!

How I live my faith

I strive each day to live the principles of service to my fellow beings and living God's will. I am passionate about the scriptures and the gift of agency from our Heavenly Father. I truly believe that our freedom to choose for ourselves is what helps us to become like God and when we choose the right, we draw closer to what HE wants us to be. My goal is that God's will becomes my will...always!

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Roy
Mormon Church services are unique in some ways compared to other religious services. Visitors are always welcome and we strive to always extend a hand of fellowship to any who attend our ward. We hold a "block" of meetings each Sunday. Sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and a third meeting which allows men, women, and teenagers to separate into classes specifically designed for their group. Sacrament meeting is attended by all members of the family (even babies :-), and it is called such because we partake of the Sacrament (bread and water) as representations of the body and blood of Christ. We don't employ preachers or ministers to run our meetings, we all serve voluntarily. During Sacrament meeting, talks on gospel topics may be given. Sunday school classes are divided up by age for teenagers with lessons appropriate to their age group and adults can attend one of two classes. One teaches the basic principles of the gospel, while the other concentrates on one book of scripture each year. The third meeting each Sunday is gender/age specific. Women attend a class that focuses on womanhood, motherhood, and being a daughter of God. Men attend a class on serving as fathers and husbands, and holders of God's Priesthood. Young men and young women (12-18) attend similar classes focusing on teenage issues and gospel principles. To outsiders, sometimes this seems like a lot of meetings, but we usually leave church on Sunday wanting more...the Spirit is always there! Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Roy
God loves all of His children. We are his sons and daughters. His commandment to love one another applies to us all, but even though we are to love each other, we have been given commandments to live by. As a parent, this becomes easier to understand. I love my children with all my heart, and I try to teach them to make choices to keep the commandments. If they choose a different path, I will still love them with all my heart, and I will still strive to teach them to make the right choices, even if they choose not to. Those who choose a homosexual life style, are still my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I will love them even if I don't agree with their choices. We abhor sin, but love the sinner...for are we all not sinners? We invite all to come unto Christ and partake in his loving Atonement. Show more Show less