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Hi I'm Rod

I'm a cinematographer. I'm a husband and a father of five. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love movies and television. I grew up watching about nine hours of TV a day. My parents must have been too busy to notice that but I'm grateful because I have a career doing what I love—making pretty images on the screen. I am married to the most beautiful and wonderful girl you'll ever meet. She is a model of what a decent, loving human being should be and I strive to be more like her... even though I fail a lot of the times. We have four impossibly cute sons and a beautiful little daughter. I love them all so much!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Catholic church and spent all my elementary and high school years in private Catholic schools. I went to college and quickly grew away from religion all together. During my final years in film school, I found I was longing for something—although, I didn't realize it at the time. I had worked on a student film with a Mormon director and thought it was so odd that I was working with a "Mormon." I had very little knowledge of what a Mormon was at the time. He was a great guy and soon referred me to a friend of his who was making a low-budget feature film and needed a cinematographer. I ended up working on that film and quickly discovered how wonderful Mormons could be. The production of that film was spread out over a two year period. Somewhere in the middle of that, I decided to become a member of the Church. What I found in the Church was an answer to the age-old question that was discussed at so many parties or get-togethers. "What is the purpose of life?" I can't tell you how often that topic came up in college and no one had an answer for it. When I met with some Mormon missionaries, they shared their beliefs and principles with me. I agreed to speak with them to be fair. Some of my friends had strong opinions against Mormons and poked fun at them. I felt bad laughing with them and I felt I couldn't form my own opinion until I heard from the Mormon side—I guess it's the Libra in me. What I found was the most amazing, revelatory and life-changing experience of my life. I started out with no intention of joining the Church, but half-way through my meeting with them, I became overjoyed with what I had discovered and couldn't wait to become a Mormon! I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 4, 1997 and have never once regretted my decision. I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and this church helps me to stay on the right path to return to my loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Since I am a convert to the Church, I have a special place in my heart for the Mormon missionaries. In fact, I have a really big special place reserved for them. I always try to stay involved with the missionary work that is going on in my area because it brings a lot of joy to my life. Just a few months after being baptized, I decided that all I wanted was to serve as a missionary for the Church as well. One year after my baptism I found my self on a mission going to the Brazil Belo Horizonte mission for two years—speaking Portuguese. Since then I've served in various capacities in the church: mission leader, service committee, activities committee, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School counselor, Sunday School president, and even as a Cubmaster for the Scouting program. At home, my wife and I try our best to keep regular personal and family scripture study, prayer and family nights a part of the routine. We recognize the importance of these things not only for our own sakes, but for our children's sake. We attend church regularly and I look forward to it every week—as challenging (understatement) as it is with five little ones. I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.