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.
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.