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Hi I'm Roy

I live in Virginia and work in the biotechnology industry as a policy analyst. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud husband and father of a beautiful family of four. My father was in the military so I moved a lot and I am not really from anywhere. I spent the majority of my childhood growing up in the Middle East and I have many fond memories of its culture and people. I work as a policy analyst for the biotechnology industry. 

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are Mormon and so I grew up in the church. I always felt that a Father in Heaven was aware of me and watched out for my family. I learned about Jesus and how he loved, served, sacrificed and died for each of us. I felt at an early age that all of that was true and as I grow older my understanding and appreciation for what He did for me and all mankind continues to grow. I had heard the stories of Joseph Smith and the Restoration of Christ's church growing up and I believed it but my confidence did not match my faith in Jesus Christ. However, I decided to become a missionary for my church at nineteen. One night as I knelt to pray, it weighed on me that I was going to tell the world as a missionary that a 14 year old boy saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ and later restored His church. I realized then how fantastical a claim it was. I decided that if I was going to make that claim I needed to know the truth for myself from God. I prayed and asked God if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if he had seen what he said he saw. At that moment I felt a great calm and warmth come over me which simultaneously comforted and shook me to the core. I knew that night that Joseph was a prophet of God and that this Church is God's Church. I cannot deny what I felt that night and what I have felt many of the days and nights that followed. That is why I am a Mormon. 

How I live my faith

I grew up on the other side of the world, far away from the center of the Mormon faith in Utah. Even though I am different culturally than a Utah or an American Mormon, I feel a unity of faith with all Mormons around the world. I observe the same commandments and make the same covenants. Since our church does not have a paid lay clergy, I am active in serving the members of my congregation. I also try to participate in service opportunities for the community in organizing genealogy workshops at the local library. The central pillar of my faith is service to others and I try to reflect that in all that I do. 

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I wake up every morning and usually check out the news. Of course, the news is filled with people mistreating each other and everything else that is wrong with humanity and this world. I then go to my scriptures and read. Although the scriptures also have many stories of people mistreating people, it also contains a message of hope and peace. Watching the news I learn what mankind should not do. Reading my scriptures I learn what mankind should do. The act of reading the scriptures daily provides me with an inner peace in a tumultuous world. I know that this world has its problems but the scriptures sparks an inner flame of hope I need to go out and try to make the world a better place for me and my family.  Show more Show less