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Hi I'm Russ

I was raised in the Pacific Northwest, USA. I am now an engineer in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I recently graduated from college. We met in school and were married recently. We moved to California so that I could start a new job here as an engineer. My wife and I are excited to start building our nest here, and for all the challenges ahead. I am big into gravity mountain biking an like to get out on my bike as much as I can. My wife and I both enjoy the outdoors and can often be found climbing mountains, scrambling on rocks, and sleeping in tents.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the teachings of this church to be true. I know that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and that the organization developed through him, this church, is the true church. There are many reasons why I know that Mormonism is correct, but the main reason is that I have lived by the unique principles taught by the church and they have drastically changed my life for the better.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying everyday to follow the example that Jesus Christ set during His life. I pray often, I study the scriptures, and I fellowship with the other members of the church.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Christ taught that "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." There are many accounts in scripture that tell us of the necessity of baptism, but not everyone has the opportunity to have this ordinance performed by proper authority; many live their entire lives without ever hearing about Christ or meeting a Christian. It would not be fair or loving for God to deprive these people of an opportunity to choose for them selves. In temples Mormons can to a baptismal font that is there and serve as a proxy for a deceased person allowing the ordinance of baptism to be performed for that person. This process that the Lord developed allows that deceased person to meet the requirement of baptism and to continue in their progression towards "enter[ing] into the kingdom of God." Show more Show less