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Hi I'm Ross

I play the piano, teach music at a private liberal arts college, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved music, especially that of Rachmaninoff. I played his Second Piano Concerto with an orchestra when I was 14. I graduated from college in music and went on to receive a masters and doctoral degree in piano. Now I teach piano, music theory, literature, film music, music appreciation and other classes at a private liberal arts college. I've been there for 15 years. I also like to read - I've read all of Robert Ludlum's books, as well as James Oliver Rigney and Terry Goodkind. I'm married and have two teenage children (my daughter is about to get her driver's license and I'm very afraid!) and we enjoy going either to the beach in Florida or the Smokey Mountains to relax.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were members of the LDS church and I have found my faith in Jesus Christ to be the most central part of my life. I love my family and want to continue to be with them throughout the eternities, and Jesus has made that possible - and that fills me with a tremendous amount of joy. I love reading about church history, biographies of church leaders, scholarly research about the scriptures and the gospel - I love teaching in Sunday School, giving talks in church, and accompanying the missionaries to teach the simple truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in His restored Church. I believe with certainty that Jesus stands at the head of this church, and that He has called prophets and apostles to help guide us in preparing to return to His kingdom. The sweet whisperings of the Holy Ghost have given me much comfort throughout my life, and I have felt the love of Christ working in me as I have worked to help build His church and proclaim His gospel. I love Jesus Christ, I need Him, and I worship Him.

How I live my faith

I am currently the Bishop of my ward (congregation). That's similar to being a pastor. I meet with the other ward leaders and we plan activities, discuss how to help people with various needs or give comfort to those who are grieving. I counsel with people, help them repent, and try my best to be a good shepherd leading people to build stronger and more intimate relationships with their Savior. Before I was called to be the Bishop, I served in a lot of different positions like Sunday School Teacher, Young Men's President, Elders Quorum President, Institute (college age young adults) instructor, Primary Teacher, etc. I love teaching, and I love giving service wherever I can. I also love working with people from the community. I am on the advisory board for the Christian Leadership Center at the college where I work, and love associating with other Christians from the community and serving together with them. All in all, I love being involved and active in my church participation because it feels so good helping others and seeing their faces light up with relief, happiness, comfort, or whatever it is they stand in need of. I find my own problems growing smaller the more I give.