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Hi I'm Ron Fogg

I grew up in Maine, and joined the Church in 2005 - the only member of my immediate family to do so - thus far.

About Me

I'm 56 currently, I retired from the Air Force in 1994, married with 4 grown children (2 of each). I live in rural MidCoast Maine. While I am enjoying being retired military, and a veteran; I'm not enjoying the fact that a military retirement pension doesn't pay ALL the bills. I continue to work while attending school to keep the bills paid, as well as, keep current skills sharp and learn some new ones.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a Mormon in this day and age because I have found that this religion alone has matched and exceeded my personal beliefs. Growing up in the Baptist Church, I was often frustrated by the limitations of the doctrine, and the - unfortunately common - 'vagueness' about who God is and why we are here. I have ALWAYS known that there was more to being 'alive' than simply my current existence on this planet. And while my parents love me, and continue to be strong in the Baptist faith; even they admit that not all of their questions have been answered. But they are complacent that those questions will be answered SOME DAY, possibly after they've passed on. I was fortunate enough to meet a Mormon woman who accepted me as her Husband - whether I was willing to join the Church or not. She then set the example for me to follow. I was also exceedingly fortunate to 'burn out' only a few sets of Missionaries before realizing that the logical next step was to formally join the Church. This has been a continually rich blessing for me and my Family. Our 4 children ALL have Special Needs, and my wife has struggled with health issues for most of our married life. The strength of the Church, fortifies our faith daily. We KNOW that life's struggles are for our benefit in that what we learn from them enables us to overcome not just 'those' struggles but future challenges as well as we progress. We are stronger BECAUSE of them. At the same time, we strive to look outside our immediate family. We remember that we are ALL Brothers/Sisters of our elder Brother Jesus Christ, and Sons/Daughters of our Heavenly Father. To this end, we must offer helping hands to our extended Family members if needs be. We see this as supplying a 'hand up', NOT a 'hand out'. In this way we work to continue Heavenly Father's Plan, and we ALL grow. I look forward to a LONG future with my family, Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I've been recently called to serve as 1st Counselor in our Branch Presidency after having served as a Counselor in our Young Men's program, and Scoutmaster for our local troop of 5-9 boys. With a small branch such as ours, we ALL fill multiple roles. I wear a number of 'hats' as Media Specialist, Employment Specialist, generating the weekly bulletins for our Sunday programs, and still serve as Assistant Scoutmaster, among other things. My time is full as I work to balance my various callings and still be an effective Husband and Father to my Wife and Children. Whenever I feel as though I've got too much to do, I remember that I am fortified and uplifted by my callings and responsibilities NOT dragged down by them. Keeping faith with the Church and my Family in this way helps to keep me focused on being as effective as I can be, as well as, increasing my perception of those around me. In this way I can extend a helping hand to others as needed as well. I have found and continue to find that Service is it's own reward, and can positively say that I have been, and continue to be richly rewarded.

Who are the Mormons?

Ron Fogg
Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was organized in 1830. As of 2010 the Church had a worldwide membership of approximately 14 million people. The Church headquarters in Salt Lake City Utah. Mormons believe the Bible and Jesus’ teachings in revelations to modern-day Apostles and Prophets. Mormons believe that their church is the same as the original church Jesus established when He was on the earth (see Ephesians 2:19-20, 4:11-14). The name ‘Mormon’ is a nickname because of the Church’s belief in the Book of Mormon (ancient scripture revealed to and recorded by prophets in the Americas during the same time the Bible was being written in the Old World.) Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Ron Fogg
Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less