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Hi I'm D Ray

I love my Family. I am a Father. I'm trying to make a positive difference and lift the lives of those around me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in various states even lived for a time on an island far out in the Atlantic ocean. When I was 19 I served a 2 year mission to Norway and I love the people of that country. I have visited countries in Europe and North America including Switzerland which is where my mother's family is from. I love seeing the beautiful creations of our Heavenly Father in these varied lands. I am particularly drawn to the mountains and the outdoors. One of my favorite activities is hunting with my Father and my Son, mostly because I enjoy being with them. As a Father I have four children spread from kindergarten to high school. The majority of my free time is with them and I wouldn't have it any other way. My family is the most important group of friends I have. As a family we have lived additionally in the Northeast US, Southwest and Southeast...we've only paid a short visit to the Northwest, but it was beautiful. I enjoy baseball and am a Yankees fan. The fall brings college football and I like watching Gator and Cougar football. Supporting my children in the sports and activities they love is the most fun for me. I work in health care and my goal each day is that I might touch the life of the children I care for such that they might not just be healed physically, but that through the love and kindness shown in our office their lives and spirits might be blessed. If I can help one child find a smile and some hope...it has been a great day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and have generations of family who have lived and testified of their belief in Jesus Christ. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I too have a deep witness of the reality of Jesus Christ, His mission of Salvation for us, and the Restoration of His Gospel in these Latter Days. I have seen His power to bless and strengthen lives - to change people - helping them to grow closer to our Heavenly Father and to learn of their Eternal purpose in His plan. I have felt the love of my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ in my life. I have seen the results of that love in answers to prayer and direction through the Holy Ghost. I know who I am because I know Them, and that is the greatest gift of all. I know that whatever challenges I may face in this life I do not face them alone. I am a Mormon, because that is truly who I am.

How I live my faith

I seek to make what I believe become a part of who I am. In my everyday interactions, I believe that how I treat those around me and how I react to the normal highs and lows of life is a true depiction of how completely I live my faith. When I seek to lift others around me, regardless of their current standing or position, regardless of what or who they have been in the past, I feel I draw closer to the Savior Jesus Christ, for that is how he treated those around Him. In addition to my daily actions and interactions, I try to live my faith by studying the word of God in the Scriptures, including the Bible. I try to take those things I learn and make them a part of who I am. I value my personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and seek their guidance through daily prayer. I attend my regular Church meetings and serve wherever I am asked, trying to do so as Jesus would do if He were here. I had someone tell me once as I taught them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that I wasn't just talking about something you report a belief in, but an actual way of life, a lifestyle...really becoming the disciple that Jesus invites us to be...and she was right, that is what I try to do each day.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

D Ray
My wife and I work together as equal partners as we seek to teach our children correct principles of the Gospel. Our goal is to help our children come unto Christ. As partners we draw on each others strengths to make the product of our efforts greater than the sum of our individual parts. We communicate openly and frequently to make sure we stay on the same page, a united front leading our family home. Our weekly date night is vital for keeping our love and friendship vibrant and alive. My wife is my best friend, my companion, my confidant, my love. Show more Show less