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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest child of my family. I have four siblings, three sisters and one brother. Both my father and mother worked outside of the home so I was a latch-key kid. I started gymnastics lessons when I was four years old. I participated in Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle. I attended Edison Elementary School, Kino Jr. High, and Westwood High School. I played the drums in the band. I progressed in gymnastics spending many hours each day in the gym and was awarded a college scholarship after high school. After one year of college, I served a two-year full-time mission for the church in Chile, Santiago South mission. I love learning, but have difficulty reading. I have dyslexia. Dispite my difficulty, I was able to earn a Bachelors Degree and then went on to graduate studies and earned a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. After practicing as a physical therapist for a few years I went back to school to get my Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. The practice of physical therapy allows me to have a good profession to provide for my family and gives me opportunities to help and serve people in need. I am a husband and father. I married at age 22. That was over twenty years ago. I met my wife in college at Brigham Young University. She is the second oldest of ten siblings. We both have grown so much in this journey of marriage. We have six children. Raising children has helped me recognize my own strengths and weakness.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I was taught to pray every night before going to bed. As a toddler my parents would kneel down with me by my bed and guide me in praying to God. This has been a habit that carried over throughout my life. When I was twelve years old I received a gift of a Bible. I was drawn to it. I have difficulty reading, so reading the whole book seemed like an impossible task. However, I learned that it was divided into verses that I could read and cross reference with other verses. Many verses from the New Testament sank deep within my heart. I soon gained a habit of studying and pondering the scriptures. It made me sad that there was so much confusion because of the Bible; that two people could read the same passage of scripture and argue its meaning. It made me ask, "who is right?' and, "Is there truth, or just individual interpretation?" I was sad to think that these questions have been asked by man in every generation of time since the beginning, and yet, here I am asking the same questions. I went to the scriptures. I would read stories of Jesus Christ and how even he was rejected by the vast majority of people. It made me ask, "is truth also rejected by the vast majority of people today?" With this thought, I looked at the many examples in the scriptures of the vessels of truth, namely apostles and prophets. This led me to ask, who are the modern day prophets led directly by God through revelation, visitations, and visions? I received my answer by a deep feeling within my heart after hearing the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me...When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other - This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!" At that point, I knew that truth could be found here.

How I live my faith

Living my faith has changed as I increase my knowledge about the scriptures, listen to the words of the Prophets of God, and feel the promptings of the Holy Spirit in my heart and mind.  In my life, faith has become a verb. It is how I show the world and myself that I follow Jesus Christ and acknowledge his glory and goodness by loving others through kindness and charity. The good feelings you receive after helping someone must be from God. That is truth. Good feelings and thoughts is how God speaks to us. But, do we listen? This is what I am trying hard to do, listen. It is a life-long journey to incorporate in our life the very essence of Jesus Christ by thinking first, what would Jesus do in all situations that we encounter each day, each hour, and each minute. There is no better place to practice this than with our own families and neighbors. It is hard to learn patience and kindness but successful family interactions teach us this. It is hard not to react to every situation that spontaneously arises, but raising children teaches us to be versatile and to act. It is hard to reach outside of yourself but living in a neighborhood give us opportunities to make friends and to serve others. I practice my faith by focusing on others while refining character traits within myself. Going to church, reading the scriptures, and praying strengthen me so that I can live my faith. I desire to acknowledge by every act the Goodness of God the Father and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ, who is my Savior back to the Father.