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Hi I'm RD!

One of the surest things I know is that we are children of a loving God.

About Me

I am married to my awesome wife and the father of three beautiful kiddos. I live on an island in Alaska and I'm a Psychologist. I grew up in Michigan, Idaho, Nevada, California and Colorado. I love fly fishing, camping, reading, racquetball, dancing with my wife, playing with my kids, and really enjoy sleeping in if the kids let me!

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon for so many reasons! My parents were both members of the LDS Church, though my dad converted when he was 14. Many people assume that, we as children of parents who are members of the LDS Church, just follow blindly the faith of our parents. However, we are encouraged, even at a very young age, to ask God, with real intent, if this is His Gospel, and not a well intentioned, man-made creation. I tried hard to live His commandments growing up and the scripture, "by their fruits, ye shall know them" comes to mind. By living His Gospel, I always felt that this was His Church. It wasn't until I was around 14 years old that I decided to seriously pray to know for myself. I remember distinctly praying beside my bed, door closed, and asking sincerely if this was his true church because I wanted to serve Him. As I was bowing my head and asking with faith that He would give me an answer, I felt a warmth spread throughout my body, something that was so strong that I knew that it did not originate from me. I started laughing out loud at the sheer joy that I was experiencing! I knew then and there that God had a plan for His children, that we had divine scriptures from Him to lead us and guide, that his authority to baptize and teach the Gospel were again on the earth! What profound Truths were found and validated in those sacred minutes! Since then, there have been countless times that I have felt that same feeling as I have searched for answers, asked for blessing on behalf of family and friends, and as I tried to live my life as he would have me live it . As I have continued to study the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am amazed at how His sacrifice for our sins blesses the whole Earth, past, present and future. I have felt his forgiveness when I have repented, I have felt His spirit witness to me of the reality of being with my wife and kids forever as we strive to keep his commandments. While these ideas may sound wonderful, let me emphatically say, I know their veracity for myself, because they have been testified to me by His Holy Spirit. What is more wonderful is that anyone can find out for themselves. I know you can too. I know it.

How I live my faith

As member of the LDS Church, I've had a number of opportunities throughout my life to serve those of my faith, as well as those whose beliefs differ from my own. As a youth, I was asked to help facilitate fun, clean youth oriented activities such as dances and Holiday events. I also was an eagle scout who created learning devices that were necessary for assisting children who were developmentally delayed. When I turned 19, I voluntarily served a mission for two years in the Southwest part of France. It was there that I was blessed to meet many wonderful people from a variety walks of life and feel a bit what Christ's love must be for some of His children. It was at that time, as a 19-21 year old, that I really learned what matters most in life, in striving to live like Christ, studying about His life and teachings, and sharing His Gospel with those who were willing to take time to learn of Him. Since coming home, I was asked to serve as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, a Sunday school teacher for adolescents and for children. I love being a part of young men and young women's life experiences! It seems that youth are striving to learn about themselves, who they are, and what they want to do with their lives. It always touches me to see the moral strength of youth shine through all the dark and dreary moral decay around them. However, I try everyday to remember Jesus Christ in my life, and act as he would act, and strive to do as he would do. It's not easy for me, but as I strive to do what is right, I know that I will be following His example and hopefully making the world around me a better place.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

We can come to know our Father in Heaven in many ways. He is our Father and is always there, whether we seek him or not. He loves us and wants to have a real relationship with us. I have found that prayer is one of the best ways that I have used to get to know Him and his Son better. Through personal prayer, I am able to share my struggles, griefs, joys, questions and gratitude with Him, and I felt and experienced answers to those prayers countless times for me and my family. Through those answers, I know that God knows and is mindful of me. I have also found that the scriptures are an extremely helpful way to hear the word of God and understand better who He is, why He love us, and how He has prepared a way to return to Him. Another way that I know my Father is through his Son, Jesus Christ. Christ said that He did nothing save what His Father had shown him and taught him. Therefore, as I try to emulate Christ, I can further understand and draw closer to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples have been an integral part of way to worship and perform necessary ordinances for salvation. Temples have been mentioned in the Old Testament, New Testament, and in the Book of Mormon. When one thinks of Temples, most Christians think about King Solomon's Temple, the Temple at Jerusalem, and the Tabernacle in which the Ark of the Covenant was housed. Within these Temples, holy ordinances/sacrifices were made that were necessary for purifying and teaching the people who were of the practicing faith. With the Temple holding such prominence in the lives of those living during those eras, and Christ even cleaning out His Father's house (the Temple in Jerusalem), it's interesting that so many individuals today wonder why Temple worship and ordinances is peculiar and do not seek for the blessings of Temples today. Just as when Christ was on the earth, Temples today offer ordinances for those worthy faithful members of His Church so that they might return to Him, having made the proper covenants and lived their lives in a way that Christ has shown us. One of the most amazing blessings/ordinances of the Temple for me is that marriages that are performed there by those who hold the Priesthood authority (think of the Son's of Levi who out of all the tribes of Israel, were the only ones who had the authority to work in the Tabernacle performing the ordinances there), which marriages last for eternity. Wow! What another wonderful blessing. I don't know about you, but living with my parents, my wife, and 3 kids forever is such an unfathomable gift, despite their imperfections! It makes sense to me though that we are our Heavenly Father's children and he wants us all to live with Him again, and Temples provide that way for us not not only live with Him and His Son, but with our own family members, past and future, as well. Another beautiful truth is that such ordinances are both for the living, as well as those who have passed away. There are so many individual who have lived on the earth who have not had the blessing of hearing and/or accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in addition to following in his footsteps in obtaining the ordinances of his Gospel such as Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Paul, from the New Testament, talked about Baptism for those who have died when he said, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" (1 Corinthians 15:29.) What Paul said is so true as he was talking about the resurrection; if the dead will not be resurrected, then what is the use of baptisms for the dead? Therefore if we are doing baptisms for the dead, then there must needs be a resurrection. Because all mankind will be ressurrected and judged according to our works and how we have accepted Christ, it's logical and marvelous that Christ would provide a way for all mankind since the Creation, all the way to the Final Judgement, to have access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have the opportunity to accept it, as well as the necessary ordinances of Salvation such as Baptism, for Christ said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5). God's love is plainly seen and felt as I contemplate how he has provided a way for every single one of His Children, even me, to obtain the knowledge of Him and His Son, as well as access to the necessary ordinance through his Holy Temples. Show more Show less