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Hi I'm Roger

I was an archaeologist that worked on a pirate ship. Now I write computer programs to process geographic data. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad with a lovely wife and four children ages 5 to 12. Things that are fun for me: spending time with my family, hiking, skiing, cycling, and doing genealogical research. Life has been a great adventure with several interesting careers: archaeology, computer drafting, and currently computer programming. As an archaeologist I worked on a pirate shipwreck in Massachusetts and now I work as a consultant for geographic information systems. Science, to me, has not detracted from my faith, but strengthened it. All things point to the existence of a God.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church but wasn't convinced for years the Church was true. However, I did some soul-searching for years to determine which Church was right. I wasn't sure if there was a God, if Christ was real or which, if any Church was true. After studying and pondering for years I read the Book of Mormon when I was 14 years old and debated the pros and cons about whether or not it was authentic and decided to take a leap of faith to find out through prayer. One night I prayed fervently, sincerely to Heavenly Father about whether or not the Book of Mormon (scriptures that testify of Christ, of the Bible and many other salient truths) is true. I didn't get the answer right a way. In fact I became so frustrated after praying and listening for an answer that I quit that night, feeling that God didn't answer my prayers. Suddenly I was inspired to pray just one more time - and I did and was answered powerfully and absolutely by the Holy Ghost in my mind and in my heart that the Book of Mormon was true. I then knew all at once that God lives, that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world, that the Bible is true and that pivotal moment was a conversion of me to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I testify that God is real and knows you and I and every person in the world and loves us! He wants us all to come back to Him and has given us the way through His Son, Jesus Christ! Since that time I've had thousands of answers to prayer.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is just living life to its fullest. I'm an assistant scout master, teach gospel lessons to 12 and 13 year old boys on Sunday, organize and participate in service projects, and regularly pay visits to members in our congregation. There is a lot of love and fellowship in our congregation and we meet often in socials, Church services, and in service projects together. In my family we do lots of things as a family unit - nightly scripture reading, a weekly Friday night popcorn and video party, hikes, and trips to the local park to play as a family together. We have a lot of fun and have a close knit family. We've learned that as we apply the principles of Christ's gospel as a family that life becomes full, happy, and joyful.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Roger
The gospel clearly teaches that the family is an integral part of God's plan. He wants us to be happy and it is up to us to do our part to make our families strong, vibrant, and loving. Matthew 16:19 tells us that He gave his sealing power to seal on earth and in heaven. That includes families. None of have perfect families and none of us perfect. Nonetheless we can greatly increase our joy and happiness by strengthening our families with our love and our Heavenly Father will bless us in these efforts. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Roger
Mormons definitely believe in the Bible as the Word of God, which contains writings before, during and after Jesus Christ. We use the King James version of the Bible which clearly teaches that Jesus is the Saviour of the world and contains thousands of years of writings of prophets prophesying of the coming of the Messiah. The new Testament contains writings of apostles and Jesus Christ, testifying that he is the promised Messiah. James 1:5 tells us if any man lacks wisdom to ask of God. We can perform experiments in faith to receive assurances that the Bible and its teachings are true and we are encouraged to do so. I Show more Show less