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Hi I'm Ron Olson

I'm a husband, dad and grandpa, and an attorney, financial planner and investment adviser. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents died in their 50's when I was ages 14 and 18. As a young man, I served a two year ecclesiastical mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - recently, at our own expense, my wife and I served a full-time mission in Hong Kong for 19 months, a part-time mission at an Employment Resource Center in Utah for 24 months, and an 18 month full-time mission in Northern Virginia. Also, at my own expense, I obtained a bachelor and law degree. Together, my wonderful wife and I have had eight children - we now have 20+ grandchildren. I have had my own financial planning and investment adviser firm for over 30 years. I greatly enjoy basketball, football and baseball, but have never been good enough to play on school teams. Also, I enjoy reading biographies about America's Founding Fathers and other famous people. Most of all, I love my wife, family, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Life has not been free of trials and tribulations, but with my sweetheart at my side and the Gospel, the challenges have been stepping stones rather than obstacles, and I know how blessed I have been. Briefly, that's me.

Why I am a Mormon

I have lots of education as do my children and their spouses - over 30 degrees in law, accounting, business and science, lots of experience in the business and financial world, some international experience in Australia and Hong Kong, and, substantial knowledge of the scriptures (the Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price). Thus, I think I could logically, intellectually, and scientifically defend my beliefs - but all this is not why I know they are true. I know by beliefs are true - like Paul taught - "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." In this way, I know that Jesus is my personal savior and the savior of the world; that Joseph Smith was a latter-day prophet of God; and that there are living apostles and prophets of God on the earth today; that the scriptures are the word of God and, that Jesus Christ will return to the earth again. For this knowledge and experience - above all other knowledge and experience - I am eternally grateful.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every hour of every day. My faith permeates every aspect of my life - it is not a "Sunday" only religion. As Paul taught, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" - so I keep trying, always being thankful for Christ's atonement and His grace. I have always been self-employed, and have been blessed so I was able to coach our sons in baseball, basketball, football and soccer when they were young, to serve in a variety of church positions, and now (at my own expense) I am able to serve multiple missions with my sweetheart for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and with her help, spoil our grandchildren in between missions. I feel that when we serve others - whether family, business, church or community - we are serving God.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Ron Olson
When Jesus was baptized, Heavenly Father spoke from heaven and said, "This is my beloved Son....." (Matthew 3:17). On the Mount of Transfiguration, Heavenly Father spoke from heaven and said, "This is my beloved Son...." (Matthew 17:5). Heavenly Father recognizes Jesus Christ as His Son. When Jesus offered His great intercessory prayer for us, He said, "....Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son....". (John 17:1) When Jesus saw Mary at the tomb after His resurrection, He said, "....I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God...." (John 20:17) Jesus recognizes He is Heavenly Father's Son, and taught we are also His children. When Jesus Christ appeared to His followers in the New World after His resurrection, Heavenly Father spoke from heaven, and said, "Behold my beloved, Son...." (3 Nephi 11:7) And, when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in answer to his question about which church he should join, Heavenly Father said, "This is my beloved Son..." (Joseph Smith-History 1:17) Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, just as Heavenly Father has said, just as Jesus recognizes and teaches Himself to be, and, just as this simple but essential truth has been made clear on two continents in ancient times, and again, for the last time, in these the "last days". I personally know Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and my personal Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Ron Olson
Answer this question: "Does God love ALL of His children?" Most people answer "yes". Think about John 3:5 - Jesus makes it clear a person cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven without being baptized. Now, think about all of God's children from Adam till today, who never had a chance to be baptized....or maybe to even hear the name of Jesus Christ. If you stop thinking here you might wonder about God loving ALL His children. But Peter explained WHAT Jesus' spirit did while His body lay in the tomb....and WHY. (I Peter 3:18-19 & 4:6) So everyone gets a chance to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and exercise faith and repent. Even so, without baptism they can't enter the Kingdom of God. Paul helped members of Jesus Christ's church living in Corinth understand that everyone would be resurrected by pointing out they were doing something that assumes a universal resurrection - they were performing baptism FOR the dead. So, if a baptism was performed FOR a deceased person, AND that person exercised faith and repentance in the Spirit World, that person could be eligible for the Kingdom of Heaven. Thus, God does love ALL of His children! This knowledge and ordinance was restored again to the earth as part of the restoration of ALL things that Peter (and all the prophets) promised would happen before Jesus Christ's 2nd Coming. (Acts 3:20-21). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ron Olson
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified FREELY by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" (Rom. 3:23-24) Paul taught we all have sinned, and Jesus' grace comes freely. Jesus taught: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Mat. 7:21) The Savior clearly states just accepting Him as Lord is not enough - obedience is required. James taught the same thing: "Even so FAITH, IF IT HATH NOT WORKS, IS DEAD, being alone.... Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:17-19) Can Paul be wrong, and Jesus and James are right? The Bible is true, so all of them must be right! Nephi taught: "....for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, AFTER all we can do." (2 Ne. 25:23) Is Nephi saying each of us have to do a certain amount of good - like climbing a ladder to heaven - and Jesus' grace will reach down and make up the difference? Possibly, but that sounds almost like we "earn" Jesus' grace. I believe Nephi is teaching "when" Jesus' grace is FULLY applied - though we have to do all we can, our doing is not only NEVER ENOUGH because grace is FREELY given, grace is freely given only AFTER we DO the will of Heavenly Father we can. Without Jesus there is no grace, without grace there is no salvation, but saying so isn't enough - we must "walk the talk". Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Ron Olson
One of the clearest and most succinct explanations of Jesus Christ's Atonement is in the Book of Mormon, Alma 7:11-13 (pg 225). Space will not allow a full quote, so I will list 3 critical parts of His Atonement, which was performed during his mortal life, and specifically in the Garden of Gethsemane, during His crucifixion, and when He emerged from the tomb - FOR ALL OF US, He: 1. Knows how to SUCCOR (i.e., help, comfort, strengthen, guide) us in our afflictions (i.e., temptations, pains, sicknesses, infirmities); 2. PAID FOR OUR SINS, thus through grace and mercy we will not be punished for the sins of which we repent; and, 3. OVER-CAME PHYSICAL DEATH, thus all of us will be resurrected. For all mankind - past, present and future - or even for only 1 other person, no human being can know how to succor all, or pay for everyone's sins, or break the bonds of physical death by being resurrected. Such a feat is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually impossible for a mortal. It would require the act of a God, and Jesus Christ being the Son of God is the only God who has dwelt on this earth. But such an act would also require the capability to die - like any other mortal - and Jesus Christ inherited this capability from His mother, Mary. However, because He is a God, physical death is a VOLUNTARY act instead of an INEVITABLE act. Thus Jesus Christ is the only person who could perform the atonement because He is the Son of our Heavenly Father and of Mary. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Ron Olson
"Mormonism" & The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begins with Adam - really. Adam (and all prophets) knew of THE Savior of the WORLD! Adam was taught the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ, baptized, and taught his children; so did Enoch, Noah and so forth. The GOSPEL that blesses ALL of God's children didn't start with Jesus' mortal ministry - to some extent it has been here since God's children. Makes sense! Jesus established a CHURCH with a foundation of living apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:19-21) to take the GOSPEL to the WORLD. Jesus and His apostles knew that "original" CHURCH would fall away before His 2nd Coming (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3), AND, before His 2nd Coming that CHURCH would be restored to take the GOSPEL to the WORLD for the last time (Acts 3:19-21). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ's CHURCH restored - as promised. The words "Latter-day" distinguishes between the "original" CHURCH that fell away (as prophesied). The word "Saint" has the same, simple meaning as in the New Testament, i.e., a "member" of Jesus' church. Jesus had followers in the Old World AND in the New World, and, their apostles and prophets recorded God's dealings. 1 of the last prophets, Mormon, like Moses in "The First Book of Moses Called Genesis", summarized God's dealings up to his day - Mormon's record is called "The Book of Mormon". "Mormonism" is a nickname for beliefs, but the belief is the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ - Adam's same GOSPEL. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Ron Olson
The Bible is true. Paul and Peter clearly explain the 2 parts of "Restoration". Paul made it clear that BEFORE Jesus' 2nd Coming there would be a "falling away first" (2 Thess. 2:1-3). Jesus established 1 true church with a foundation of LIVING apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20; 4:4-6, 11-14). His apostles did their best to keep all the congregations of that 1 true church: 1. Teaching and believing the same things; 2. Performing the ordinances in the same manner; &, 3. Not doing anything for which they were not given priesthood authority to do from the LIVING apostles and prophets. Look around the Christian world, there are 100s of churches (not just congregations), they do many good things and are loaded with good people, however they: 1. Teach and believe different things; 2. Perform ordinances differently; &, 3. None claim priesthood authority from LIVING apostles and prophets. Paul's prophesied "falling away" that must happen BEFORE Jesus' 2nd Coming has occurred. Peter made it clear that BEFORE Jesus' 2nd Coming there must be a Restoration of ALL things, and this was so important that ALL of God's prophets had prophesied of it (Acts 3:20-21). The message of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that the long prophesied Restoration of ALL things BEFORE Jesus' 2nd Coming has occurred. As TANGIBLE evidence, God has given additional scripture - The Book of Mormon - read it and ask God if it is true. (James 1:5-6, Moroni 10:3-5 pg 529) Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ron Olson
James taught that a person can know the truth by praying and asking God - but he has to ask with unwavering faith. (James 1:5-7) That unwavering faith requirement makes it a little bit tougher. Thankfully, God has given us TANGIBLE evidence that "Mormonism" is true. Just as Jesus Christ had followers in the Old World, and they had their apostles and prophets who recorded God's dealings with them over 1000s of years, Jesus also had followers in the New World, and of course they had their apostles and prophets who recorded God's dealings with them over 1000s of years. One of the last of these New World prophets, Mormon, was commanded to do something similar to what Moses did. The 1st book in the Old Testament is titled "The Book of Moses Called Genesis", wherein Moses summarized 1000s of years of God's dealings in the Old World up to Moses' day. Moroni did something similar, summarizing 1000s of years of God's dealings in the New World up to his day. However, Mormon made his record on metal plates because HE KNEW they needed to be preserved for over 1400 years until Joseph Smith, by the power of God, would translate it from an ancient and lost language into what is now called The Book of Mormon. Don't take my word that it is true, and, don't take someone else's word that it is not true. Find out for yourself - read it and ask God if it is true - like James said (see also Moroni 10:3-5, pg. 529). If this book is true, then "Mormonism" is true - it is that simple. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Ron Olson
Most of the New Testament is a record of the apostles trying to keep congregations of Jesus' church: (1) Believing and teaching the same things; (2) Performing the ordinances in the same manner; &, (3) Not doing anything for which they were not given priesthood authority to do directly from the LIVING apostles. In the 1st few chapters of Ephesians Paul is helping the church members better understand the church to which they now belonged. In chapter 2 he compares the church to a building and says the FOUNDATION is the apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:19-20) - what happens if you knock out the FOUNDATION of a building? In chapter 4:11 he names apostles and prophets (and some other church officers), in verse 12 he states WHY they are needed, in verse 13 he explains HOW LONG they are needed (e.g., til we all become unified in the faith - is Christianity unified?), and in verse 14 he explains WHAT WILL HAPPEN w/out the FOUNDATION (e.g., like children, tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine - sound like Christianity?). After Judas' suicide, the 11 were inspired to call Mattias to be the 12th apostle (Acts 1:23-26). Later, Paul himself was added to the 12 apostles. Paul & Peter prophesied of 2 per-requisites to Jesus' 2nd Coming: (1) There would be a "falling away" (2 Thes. 2:1-3) - remember Eph. 4:14?; (2) A "restitution of ALL things" (Acts 3:20-21) - ALL things certainly includes the FOUNDATION - that restituion has occurred, and, we have 12 LIVING apostles! Show more Show less