Hi I'm Rod
I'm a husband, father, grandfather, disciple of Jesus Christ; a software engineer, long-distance motorcyclist, and musician.
I was baptized into the LDS Church in my early twenties after searching for a church that taught what I found in the Bible. It was one of the best decisions of my life and has benefited my wife, my six children, and my nine grandchildren. I like music and theater, I enjoy riding my motorcycle in the back roads, hiking, and weight-training. I work as a software engineer and data architect and have pretty much always been a techno-geek. But my most valuable time is spent with our family.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in a Christian fundamental church and gained a relationship with Jesus Christ early in my life. By the time I was a Junior in High School, I reached a point where I had questions which were not being answered. Most notably, I understood portions of the Bible differently than what I was being taught, and some of these items were completely ignored. These were things that had been confirmed to me by the Holy Ghost but I could not get satisfactory explanations from those who were supposed to be able to provide answers. I reached the point where I decided I must search for the "true" Church -- that there must be at least one out there that had the complete, correct doctrine; one that understood what I had come to understand and who could answer my questions. I attended a lot of different Christian denominations but while many of them had different understandings than the church of my youth, none had the same understanding I had obtained. And most continued to ignore many of the things I had come to understand. After a period of about three years, I met a friend with whom I eventually shared my search and this friend suggested I attend her church. She told me it was the Mormon church and that was one I had not yet researched. I didn't know much about the "Mormons" other than they were portrayed in western movies as the guys with black, broad-brimmed hats, beards, and sometimes had multiple wives. On that first Sunday, I was impressed by the speakers and what they shared. Afterwards, I was introduced to the missionaries and I asked if they would teach me more about their church. They gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read some assigned verses. I read those, and more, and I immediately knew it was scripture. It spoke to me the same way the Bible spoke to me and I could feel the same Spirit when I read its words.
How I live my faith
My wife and I attend the temple about once a week, regularly attend Sacrament services each Sunday, and serve regularly in callings and other assignments, serving in our ward and stake congregations. We uphold the laws of our nation and believe in a life of honesty and integrity -- of being true to our word. I strive to improve myself and overcome those things that get in the way of me being a better person. I try to look for opportunities to help others and to share the blessings I have been given with others.