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Hi I'm Roger

I am a third generation Japanese-American. I'm a Mormon.

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.

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.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Testimonies are very personal. They are essentially understandings of truth. Often these truths are learned through means that are not commonly used. The Spirit of God, or the Holy Ghost, can teach us truth as he communicates directly with our spirits. We believe that a human being is a combination of a spirit and a mortal body. We live in such a way to have our spirits in tune with the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Whether we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or not, we are all children of the same Heavenly Father. We all have the same need to love and be loved, to work and play, and to find fulfillment in this life. In that respect, there is no difference between Mormons and others. Mormons want to do the will of their Heavenly Father. That may set us apart from some, but not from others. Some have noticed that Mormons appear to be happier than others. That happiness may come from a knowledge that we are God's children, that we are therefore all brothers and sisters, and that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father with our families intact, irrespective of the circumstances of this life. Thus, amidst trial, Mormons have the faith that in the end, all will be well. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Many people already believe in God but may not know him in a personal way. If one has a good relationship with one's earthly father or some other father figure, it is fairly natural to understand Heavenly Father's love for us and to develop love for him. Heavenly Father is truly our father, and he loves us as his children. Even if one does not have an ideal relationship with an earthly father, we can all come to know and love Heavenly Father if we have a sincere desire. Father can make himself known to us if we want him to. Show more Show less