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Hi I'm Russ

I grew up in Southern Utah. I married we moved to Phoenix Arizona for college. We lived in Cottonwood Arizona 23 years

About Me

I was born in Southern Utah. My father loved the outdoors and so that rubbed off on me also. I enjoy camping, hunting, fishing. I enjoy horse back riding for pleasure. As I get older I find myself even enjoying the arts. I like to read, especially the Book of Mormon and General Conference talks from the most recent conference. I try to read one a day. They provide me so much inspiration and it seems like every time I read one, there is something new that I learn that will help me on that particular day in my life. One other thing I seemed to inherit from my parents is visiting those who are old, lonely, or under privileged. These people have so much to give. They are real people and they appreciate the smallest things. The other thing is I spend much time is my family. I have a beautiful wife and five children. Three are married and we have five grand children, all boys, and an unknown grand baby on the way. I have worked as a brick mason, a programmer, IT director and owner of a school for young men that have addictions. Usually drug and alcohol. I was born in Cedar City Utah, lived in Las Vegas Nevada, Hurricane Utah, Phoenix Arizona, Cottonwood Arizona and have just moved back to Hurricane Utah

Why I am a Mormon

I have had experiences in my life that have confirmed to me this church is true, but I guess I have been blessed with a believing heart. It just seems to make sense to me. You read about prophet and apostles in the old and new testament and how they were the mouth piece for our Father in Heaven on Earth and would deliver his will to the people. So to me it only makes sense that we should still have those types of people. I suppose that I have had a few very special and spiritual experiences in my life, but those are not what sustain us. It is the daily small things. Trying to be a good husband and father. Being a good neighbor and citizen. Because I am a Mormon and actively participate in what ever function of the church I am asked to serve in; it causes me to stretch beyond what I would otherwise. I have been a scoutmaster four times. The first time I was called was the day after our wedding. Those that called me to that position informed me that they knew my dad had been a good scoutmaster so you probably will be too. I quickly learned that even though I had been in scouting and even achieved the rank of Eagle, running a scout troop was much harder than I thought. But I didn't give up. I just kept trying to learn. That is how it is with any responsibility we are given in the church. We may not be an expert, but if we just keep trying we can be good enough. I am also a Mormon because I believe in the concept of eternal families. To know that I have been married in the temple by one who has authority to join my wife and children and me together for time (this life) and eternity (the next life) is a great comfort to me. I am a Mormon because I have prayed to my Father in Heaven in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Ghost I have come to know this church is true. I believe it with every fiber of my being. I see so many people follow this same pattern and also find out that it is true.

How I live my faith

Probably the best way I live my faith is by how I live my life. I try to live my life how Christ would live his. I try to be consistent in how I live. What I am in public is what I am in private. I am one who works the best one on one. I enjoy visiting the elderly and have done so throughout my life. I enjoy going into peoples homes, to hospitals to visit the sick and even nursing homes. It brings me a great sense of peace to try and brighten the life's of others. I would consider myself one who enjoys being in the background rather than the one who is in the front. If I do something good and no one knows about it that is better. I wouldn't consider myself quite, but I am very comfortable quietly going about the Lords work. I would be devastated if someone used me as an example or reason they lost their faith in God. Or they thought I was not living what I believed. For example; when I lived in Arizona I would drink caffeinated soda's. Many of my friends that were not members of my church would say to me, " I thought Mormons don't drink drinks with caffeine in them." There are drinks; coffee and tea, that we don't drink if we want to enter a Mormon temple, but not soda. This bothered me for two reasons. First, I guess I got tired of explaining what we could or could not drink caffeinated sode. Second, if that what what people know about my faith and I was not living what they perceived was how I should live, I wouldn't drink soda with caffeine in them. This was many years ago. It is not a big deal, in actuality a very small piece of the puzzle in the scheme of things, but it was important to me. This was many years ago and I have had more conversations about my faith from not drinking caffeinated soda's that drinking them.