Roger: Professor, Japanese-American, Ecology, backpacking, regular guy, Mormon.

Hi I'm Roger

About Me

I am a professor of biology. I am married to a wonderful woman and we have three grown children. I love backpacking and being outdoors. I like to work on cars.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have come to know very personally that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. By that I mean that we have true prophets who lead us through inspiration, and that the saving priesthood ordinances are real. I have learned through this wonderful church that God lives, that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I have come to this knowledge, I think, in the only way I could have, by testing the principles of the Church each day as I try to live them.

Personal Stories

Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?

My desire is to do what Heavenly Father wants me to do. I trust him because I know he knows better than I do what is best for me. In prayer I ask to understand what that is. I also thank him for all the blessings in my life, which are many.

How has attending Church services helped you?

I have come across many people who have had remarkable spiritual experiences in their lives. Many of these experiences are so remarkable that you would expect their lives to have been forever changed. Unfortunately, it seems that humans readily forget spiritual experiences. For me, therefore, attending church meetings weekly is important so that I can renew those feelings regularly. I am grateful for the chance each week to attend meetings during which I can feel the spirit so readily. What a great thing that is.

How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?

A few years ago I was in China visiting some colleagues and students. While there my host and I walked past a Daoist temple. I asked him what they believed. He explained that this is where the ancient belief of Yin and Yang come from. He further explained that Yin and Yang represent opposites (hot or cold, hard or soft, etc.) and that all things are combinations of opposites. Father Lehi explained in the Book of Mormon that very thing, that there is opposition in all things and that things were a compound of opposites. Without bad, good could not exist. Without misery, joy could not exist. I understand from this that life cannot consist of only good, for only good cannot exist. Opposition is required in this life, and learning to choose between good and bad is, in large measure, the purpose of this life.

How I live my faith

I feel blessed to be able to serve in the Church. I am trying each day to do the will of my Heavenly Father. I hope I can do good to others around me, and that I will be sensitive to spiritual promptings so that I will know when help is needed. When I make mistakes, I try my best to correct them. I try to be honest and fair in all that I do. I try to be a good father and husband.