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Hi I'm Russell

I was born in California and raised in Kansas. I am an Orchestra Teacher with a wonderful wife and two kids.

About Me

I play several musical instruments including the double bass, cello, viola, guitar, a little piano and a little on the violin. I teach 5th grade through high school and drive between 6 different buildings for my classes. I enjoy using technology and I'm currently working on a masters degree that is 100% online. I have two kids, the oldest is 2 years old and the younger is 10 months old. I married my wife when I was 20 and we were sophomores in college. I am half Fillipino and half German/American. My mother is from the Philippines and both of my sisters were born in Manilla. My father served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before retiring.

Why I am a Mormon

When my wife and I were dating there were several times that I tried putting some moves on her. She would stop me and tell me that those actions and feelings are saved for the man that she would marry. Growing up with very little religion I did not know much else besides what pop culture taught me about relationships. I wasn't sure how to react to this, some of my friends said that if she wasn't giving me what I wanted that I should break up with her. I thought how silly would it be to break up with someone because they have integrity and honor! After several months of dating my wife knew that I was serious about our relationship because I respected her boundaries and wanted to spend all of my time with her. At this point she told me that she can only marry someone who was a member of her church because she promised herself to be married in a temple when she grew up. I asked her if I could come to church. After attending church a few weeks I met the missionaries. They taught me about the plan of salvation. The strangest feeling came over me. I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church but we only attended on Easter and Christmas, sometimes Ash Wednesday. I had never heard of the Church of Jesus Christ or the Mormons but for some reason when they were teaching me this I felt as though I had already known it and it was like finding an old book that you read years ago. I knew what they were telling me was true because I had already known it, I don't know how I knew it but I did. After this first meeting the Elders asked if I would like to be baptized and the only word that could leave my mouth was yes. I will always remember the feeling I had at that instant in time. It felt as though someone was giving the warmest hug I had ever received. It is hard to explain but I could feel how proud that someone was of my choice and that I had made the right decision. I have never felt that way in my life about any choice so I knew that it was significant.

How I live my faith

I attend Church every week. I help organize lessons and home teaching for the men of the church, mostly between the ages of 18 and 40. My wife is in charge of getting teachers for all of the young kids and I often help her with that. Each month we have a dessert party with friends from our Church and this gives us a chance to socialize and let our kids play together. Once a month my wife and I take the kids to a local Senior Home where we give a short talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and perform music for them.