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Hi I'm Ralph

I love outdoor activities. I travel to learn about cultures and history. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work as an accountant and help to manage businesses. My wife and I have five children and a growing number of grandchildren. I enjoy outdoor activities such as tennis, biking, kayaking and swimming. I love to travel to see historical and scenic places. I like to read books about great people who do great things for the world. Family history has been a lifelong pursuit and I have corresponded with people from all over the world in this activity.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't plan to become a Mormon. In my prior faith, I studied, prayed and tried to learn my relationship and duty to Jesus Christ. I had some questions about baptism and fasting that the Bible said were important. When I met the missionaries I asked them my questions. They believed the same things that I had always believed but that my church did not practice. I agreed to read the Book of Mormon. Through study and prayer I received a wonderful witness of its truthfulness through the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I help others in my community learn financial skills. I work with various groups that support the poor and needy, mentor youth and help the disabled. I serve in leadership capacities in my church and try to help by being a good example and teaching others what I have learned. I keep in close contact with my family, including extended family. I believe that my family will still be mine through eternity with Jesus Christ.

What is the First Vision?

Ralph
The first vision occurred when Joseph Smith had faith in the Bible and sought wisdom from God. In answer to his prayer, our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to him, spoke to him, and answered his humble question. Although the answer was different than what Joseph Smith expected, he knew he had seen God, and he knew that he could not deny it. Just as many of the great revelations contained in the Bible resulted from a question from a humble righteous person, so too did God answer Joseph Smith. I was somewhat curious when I first heard about the first vision, because I had always been taught that these things ended with the death of the original apostles. I gained a strong testimony of the truthfulness of this vision and that Joseph Smith had been called as a prophet through study, prayer and fasting. Show more Show less