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Hi I'm Ray

I grew up in Southern Nevada and now live in Utah. I have 5 children and 14 Grandchildren. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married for over 40 years. I have 5 children and 14 grandchildren. Though I grew up in the church I did not become active until I had been married for 5 years and started having children. It was then that I realized how important my family was to me and how I wanted to raise my children in the gospel and have them sealed to me in the Temple of the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I realized early in my marriage how important family is to me. It didn't take long for me to understand the importance of "forever families". As I became active in church I then increased my knowledge of the church by studying the doctrine. I did take the challenge and prayed for confirmation on what I had learned. I am able to testify that I did receive that confirmation and love sharing that with anyone willing to listen.

How I live my faith

Prayer is vital to faith. Also, continued studying of the precepts and doctrine of the gospel is something which gives tremendous spiritual uplift and inspiring insight. This is essential to living the faith of the gospel. Service is also important. Service to each other and service in the kingdom, meaning receiving and fulfilling callings from priesthood leaders. I have served in many areas from Bishop to Stake Presidency but soon found that those so called high profile callings are not any more important than those that are called to teach the children in primary. Service in the church is what helped me to increase my knowledge and my testimony of the church. The home teaching program in the church is used to keep contact with every member of a ward thereby knowing relativity soon if there are any needs in any families. Currently I serve as the Stake Clerk.

Who are the Mormons?

Ray
Mormons are just people who have made a decision in their life according to the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe in God, we believe in Jesus Christ who is the Son of God. But, basically Mormons are people just like you. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ray
A testimony is a belief. A strong belief, even a life changing belief. This comes from an experience or a feeling that is so strong that it is undeniable. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ray
Mormons are not "required" to do anything. We are called and even make covenants to do many things. But they are our choice. Once we accept the gospel in our lives we accept the responsibilities that go along with it. When we choose to do as we have been called to do or commit to do then we receive the blessing for that service. So you see it don't take long for anyone to understand that blessings come from service in the kingdom. We know our abilities, we know our strengths and weaknesses. We can build on our strengths which results in making our weaknesses less and less until they become strengths. But the important thing to remember is that it is our choice. So it is wise to "choose wisely". Show more Show less