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Hi I'm Russ

I'm a Mormon who grew up in Utah with a wonderful pioneer heritage. The older I get, the more I appreciate that.

About Me

For the past couple of years I have been working with teenagers in a Junior High School who are not motivated to work in school and many times are discipline problems in school as well as at home. It has been a good experience but sometimes makes me sad to see what these students go through because they don't understand that they are children of God and have so much potential. Because they don't understand this great truth, they lack direction, waste so much time, and make bad decisions. The friends they choose to hang out with, have a huge impact on what they want to spend there time doing. This age group of 12-15 years of age is so impressionable because they are starting to become independent of their parents; to become their own person. A good third person influence can help them so much at this time in their lives. People like teachers, other school personel, athletic coaches, scout leaders, and church leaders can help parents by being those good third party influences. I work to help students and their parents be as effective as they can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes called the Mormon Church, because the practical knowledge I have learned there has helped me to understand who God is and why His Son, Jesus Christ, sacrificed his life for all of us. It provides so many answers to questions I have had like: Where I came from before this life? Why I am here on the earth? and What can I do to be a better husband, father, and grandfather? I feel that I learn more every day of my life through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am far from perfect and because of that, I feel the need for God's help to make the best decisions with the challenges in life. I know that through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I can Know how to be a better person and continue to serve Him and all of God's children. All the scriptures contain eternal truths and I study them, but the Book of Mormon has been my greatest resource because it is so complete and teaches me so clearly. There is a special spirit I feel when I read it that makes everything clear to me. I learn so much by reading about the ancient inhabitants of the American continent and how they lived.

How I live my faith

I have served youth in many ways most of my life as a church and boy scout leader. I especially enjoy teaching Mormon missionaries at a Missionary Training Center now who are serving though out the world. These 19 to 25 year old young men and women dedicate themselves to inviting people throughout the world to come unto Christ and share the peace and joy with which only He can bless the world. They do that without pay, sacrificing their time and talents to bless all those who will receive the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The biggest blessing I receive is in my own home and family. My wife and I love to be with our large family and our children and grandchildren love to be with each other. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been our model and the influence of living prophets who speak for God provides us with such great counsel to help us do those things that make us so happy.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

The most reassuring knowledge that I have learned in the Mormon Church is that my wife and I can live together as husband and wife forever along with our family. That requires action on our parts as well as the atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that I will have to live by every word of God and obey his commandments as well as keep my promises to Him. I know that I make mistakes everyday but I can be forgiven of them as I repent and take advantage of the sacrifice Jesus Christ has made for all mankind. Show more Show less