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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a husband, father, pediatric dentist, cyclist, and... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Taiwan and lived there until I was 14. After immigrating to United States I finished High School and College in the Greater Seattle area. I served a mission for the Church in South Korea. I am now a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist working in Gentle Dental clinics in Battle Ground and Hazel Dell, in the Southwest corner of Washington State. My wife and I were married in the Seattle Temple in December 2002 and have since welcomed four children to our family. I enjoy road cycling.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose one can say that I was "born into" the religion, having parents who joined the Church in Taiwan when they were teens. However, like most people who were raised in the Church, at some point I had to find my own conviction and stand on my own testimony. That moment came as I debated with myself on the need for me to serve a two-year mission. On the one hand, to invest two years and $10,000 on something that I am not sure about was not acceptable. On the other hand, if everything I've been taught since I was young was true, then I have an obligation to God and to all fellow human beings to share what I've known. So in early 1995, I finally, for the first time, read the entire Book of Mormon from cover to cover. As I did so, there were many moments where my soul resonated with what I was reading. It is as if I was being reminded of things that I have always known. By the time I finished the book, I have no doubt that I hold in my hands something valuable, something very important something that everyone deserves a chance to at least know about. I didn’t need to – but I took up the Moroni’s promise towards the end of the Book of Mormon and sincerely prayed over what I have read. I received a quiet affirmation that the words within the Book are true, and Joseph Smith is who he claimed to be.

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures and pray regularly. In trying to understand how Jesus lived I attempt to emulate Him in service, in teaching, and in how I treat other people. I hope that people will praise Christ by how I am living my life, and that they will say "there goes a good Christian" when they get to know me. I do not use foul language, do not drink coffee, tea, or alcoholic beverages, and do not smoke or do drugs. I attend various Church meetings, from worship to leadership to teaching to learning. Sometimes I sing in the choir too!

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ron
No. We do honor him and respect him as a Prophet of God, however; just like we would honor and respect Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Isaiah, etc. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Ron
Beats me, but once upon a time the Lord Jesus himself was viewed as a blasphemer by the prominent theologians during His ministry, and the followers of Christ were viewed as dangerous folks that deserved to be stoned or otherwise executed. Perhaps those who think Mormon Church is a cult simply do not understand what’s being taught and how the members practice their religion. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ron
No. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ron
No. As disciples of Jesus Christ we follow his admonition to love God and love our neighbors, and most of our neighbors are not Mormons. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Ron
I believe the Church is growing because it is THE true and living Church of Jesus Christ, and that the Holy Ghost testifies of the doctrines that is taught here. When folks give us half a chance to explain ourselves, and if they are sincere in wanting to know the validity of our messages, we invite them to ask God, who is the Giver of all truth. As they find truth, and want to adhere themselves to it, we the members do whatever we can to support them in that endeavor. However nice the various programs of this Church is, the core is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When people know for themselves that Jesus lives, and actively leads this Church, they want to be part of it. As long as there are people out there seeking the truth, the Church will continue to grow. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Ron
Various ancient prophets and apostles wrote the Book of Mormon, much like how the Bible was written. Just as the Bible is comprised of writings from many prophets spanning many centuries, the Book of Mormon is a collection of writings from many prophets spanning many centuries. The reason it is called the Book of Mormon is because the prophet Mormon approximately 380 A.D. was the chief editor, picking and choosing which writings were to be included, similar to how the Bible was compiled except Mormon had very little help whereas many scholars were involved in deliberations regarding which writings should be included in the Bible. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Ron
Yes. Yes, I do. If the children of Israel needed a prophet at their time, when all they've ever known was slavery and their lives - although very oppressive and quite terrible - was relatively simple, how much more need have we, in this 21st century, with all the confusion and distractions, a Prophet of God who would convey the messages from Heaven? Many people have thought "wouldn't it be nice to have a Moses in our day?" And we, the members of the LDS Church, declares that our Heavenly Father IS THAT NICE, and He has provided us a Prophet who can help us in our own journeys to peace, love, and joy. Show more Show less