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Hi I'm Russ

I'm a Mormon. I love life!

About Me

My wife and I were married in Washington D.C. in 2000. We love spending time with our children. I have an amazing family. I love to exercise, read, and watch movies. One of my favorite places to be is on a beach and playing in water. I also like to shop with my wife! I am a teacher and I enjoy seeing young people learn and grow.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when they were in high school. They noticed the happiness and examples of their classmates that were members of the Church. This led them to attend Church services, meet with the missionaries, and study the teachings of the Church. They each came to a knowledge of the truthfulness of the Church as they prayed about what they were learning. Although their families did not share with them in their new-found faith, my parents continued to learn and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Consequently I was born to parents who were both members of the Church. I grew up attending worship services, participating in Church activities, and studying the gospel. As I matured, I sought to learn for myself the truthfulness of what I had been taught from my youth. As I read the scriptures with more sincerity I would pray that God would give me a witness of the truth. I wanted to know for myself, not just believe someone else. On one such evening, after I had been reading in The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ, I kneeled down to ask God if what I was reading was true. The message in the book felt good, and it taught me to do good, but was it of God? What came to me was an answer unlike any I had experienced before. My prayer actually became something more than a prayer--it became communication. God spoke back. He had probably done it many times before, but this time I listened. Now I wasn't just saying a prayer I was really praying. Because of the sacred nature of my experience I will only share what is relevant to the question, "Why am I a Mormon". The answer that I received was that Heavenly Father loves all of His children. That He had called prophets anciently to help His children return to Him. And that just as He had sent prophets anciently He would continue to send prophets TODAY to help His children return home. Joseph Smith was one of those prophets. And if he really was a prophet of God, then The Book of Mormon must be from God and its purpose must be to help His children return home. I thanked my Heavenly Father for the answer that He had given me and went to bed with a sure knowledge of the truth. I did not know everything, but I knew enough. I knew enough to sleep peacefully. I knew enough to want to continue to learn the gospel. I knew enough to want to live the teachings of Jesus Christ because I knew that they were true, and I didn't do it for my parents or anyone else. As I began to live the gospel I also learned the power of the Savior's teaching in St. John 7:17, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself". My witness of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has been added upon as I do His will. That is another reason that I continue to be a Christian Mormon today. Learn it, live it, love it!

How I live my faith

I try to start each day by studying the scriptures. I find it gives me greater strength to resist temptation and additional motivation to live a Christ-like life. I spend most of my "free-time" with my family. I teach my children the gospel through example, study, prayer, and any other opportunity that presents itself. I serve, without pay, in my local congregation Ward as a Priesthood leader. I am a block-captain for emergencies that arise in the community. I watch over the spiritual and temporal needs of families in the congregation by visiting them in their homes as a Home Teacher. I participate in politics by voting to elect officials who promote platforms that reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ. I accept opportunities to serve. I try to be a good friend to others by making it easier for them to live their faith. I openly share my beliefs with those that are interested. I defend the faith in the face of criticism without becoming contentious. I strive to be a faithful steward over those things that God has placed in my care. I work to overcome my shortcomings by repenting and asking God to help me be better.

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

Russ
I want to spend a moment and share my thoughts on this question since it relates to the answer that I received from God as I sought for my own witness of the truth. We really do believe that our loving Heavenly Father continues to call prophets today to help us come unto our Savior, Jesus Christ and return home to our Father. Heavenly Father loves all of His children and sends His prophets to testify of Jesus Christ and guide us in these latter days. The work they do today is just as important as that of ancient prophets. They are an instrument in God's hands to fulfill His work and glory. Modern day prophets have the same power and authority that prophets possessed anciently. This authority, known as the Priesthood, allows for God's heavenly work to be done on our stage of mortal life. Your Father in Heaven loves you and has called a prophet to guide you home. "Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them" St. Matthew 7:20. Follow the prophet. He knows the way! Show more Show less