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Hi I'm Ron Durrant

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. I am a self taught Machinist/Riflesmith.

About Me

I am 52 years old, father of 6 children four boys two girls. I have been happily married to my wife for 31 years. My professional experiences includes 25 years of full time service in the U.S. Army National Guard where I was involved in Aviation as a Helicopter Flight Crew Member, Mechanic, Maintenance Trainer, Helicopter Technical Inspector, and Combat Aero Medic. I served one 18 month tour of duty in Afghanistan as an Attack Helicopter maintenance team chief and a member of the units Downed Aircraft Recovery Team. After the military I worked as a DoD representative for DCMA Bell Helicopter in Ft. Worth Texas, where I and my family lived in Justin. A place that will forever be a fond memory. Currently I work at an Army Depot as the quality department manager. I love the outdoors and spend as much time hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, riding ATV's and playing as I can. I also enjoy touring our state and surrounding area on our Victory Motorcycle. I have a passion for American history, and from that have developed a love for American black powder long rifles, which I learned how to recreate from scratch, making many custome long rifles on commission. From that I've been trained to create custom high power rifles, and perform gunsmithing repairs on all types of firearms. I have a deep and abiding love for my God, my Family and my Country.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I know it to be the truth. I have a personal relationship that is not imaginary, with our Father in Heaven, whom I have come to know and love by prayerfully studying His words, by the tender mercies that have been extended to me by Him and by His Son Jesus Christ and also by the Holy Ghost who all work in unison to aid in the perfection of all of God’s Sons and Daughters. I know that Jesus is the Jehova of the Old Testiment Christ of the New Testament. He is the Prophet foretold by all of the ancient Prophets that would come to the earth; and atone for the sins of all mankind. I know that the heavens are reopened and our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ began again to communicate with man on earth as they did anciently. I know that Joseph Smith was the individual God raised up to be the Prophet of the restoration fore told in the scriptures that would occur in the latter days of the earth. I know that Joseph Smith through divine help brought forth the Book of Mormon which was written anciently for our day and testifies and teaches of Christ and is a record of ancient civilizations that existed in what is now the United States of America. Which people were at one time beloved by the Lord, and He set up his Church among them, but who lost the truth through their wickedness. I know that the Lord instructed the prophets of those ancient people to keep a record of His work among them, that someday it would come to us to work hand in hand with the teachings of the Bible, both books serve as the testimony of two different Nations of the earth testifying of Jesus Christ and to warn and teach us to be more wise than they had been. I know there is a living Prophet on the earth today who receives revelation to lead and guide us in our time and place in the history of the world.You have found it my dear reader, you have found the truth. I so testify of these things in the Name of Jesus the Christ Amen.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all of my life. However I am a convert. You see to me, being converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ means that you desire with all your heart to follow Him by keeping His commandments. To be an instrument or tool in His hands to build His kingdom on earth by work and service and do all you can to assist Him in sharing with as many people as we can the truth and enable them to return to live with our Father and Mother in heaven and all of our heavenly family; to become what we were created to become……..as God now is.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Ron Durrant
There is no doubt in the mind of any member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that the Holy bible is the word of God to man. It was by the words and influence of the Bible that brought about the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith. As he states in his own history the passage written in James was forcefully impressed in his mind. James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him". The Bible is bedrock to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its study is encouraged as much as other Christian religions. Its princibles and teachings are incorporated in our religious worship. One of the official statements of the Church is that: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is tranlated corectly". We as members of the LDS church are encouraged to make Bible study a personal goal as well as a family goal. Mormons are well known to have a good knowledge of the contents and teachings of the Holy Bible. I personally testify that I know the Bible to be the word of God. That knowledge comes from many countless hours of personal study and prayer. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Ron Durrant
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages each individual of the world to seek and find a deep personal relationship with God the Father. Our teachings extracted from the scriptures and revelation from modern prophets describes a God who is interested and invested in each soul on earth. We teach that He knows you individually, He is concerned with you personally and loves and values you as His son or daughter. We teach bedrock theology that God is our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ is His son, and the Holy Ghost is the testifier of this and all truth. This doctrine liberates the individual mind to contemplate the personality of our Father in Heaven and thus to begin the quest to follow the admonition of the Savior when he said, John 17:3 "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." And Matt. 22:37, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." The LDS church enables people to realize that God is not so distant and abstract, and that they can develop a personal relationship with Him and thus begin to know and love Him as they learn to understand His personality and see His tender mercies blessing their lives as their relationship becomes closer. True knowledge is liberating and exciting. I believe that a knowledge of God as an individual who loves us personally is an enabling factor to the growth of the church. Show more Show less