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Hi I'm Raman Job

I am a husband and dad, a PR guy and techno-geek, a Spanish speaker, blogger, and lover of ethnic food. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife is from Chile. My background is German. We've been blessed with two sons - 21 and 17. I like saying that my boys are half German, half Chilean, and all Canadian.  I work in public relations and communications. I'm a strong supporter of public schools and public school teachers. Using technology for educational purposes and for professional development fascinates me.  I love foreign movies, ethnic food and speaking Spanish. I take my greatest comfort in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 19, two missionaries from the Church taught me a series of lessons at a good friend's home.  At the end of the first lesson, they gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. When I got home I threw myself on the bed and started to read. To my absolute delight, one of the big questions I had about religion just fell into place. I finished about 70 pages that evening and the whole time I was reading I had a smile on my face and a wonderful feeling of peace and comfort. Later, I learned that was the Holy Ghost witnessing to me the truth that this book really was the record of ancient peoples with so much drama and action and wisdom between its covers. As I read on, I found that it contained an account of the visit of Jesus Christ to an ancient American civilization. I continued my discussions with the missionaries, read the entire Book of Mormon, got a spiritual witness that it was the truth and a complement to the Bible. I was baptized shortly after. I feel a comfort and a closeness to my Father in Heaven and to my Saviour that I never thought possible. It is very real, and it's been a constant source of strength and guidance to me. I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Everyone in the church works. There is so much growth that comes from serving. And we really do take care of each other - whether it's helping each other move, blessing those of us who are sick, or just having a fun night out together. Every year, we put on a Nativity play at a large public meeting place downtown. It's a big production with sound and lights; Mary and Joseph; shepherds, angels and wise men; plus a donkey, three llamas and a half dozen sheep. It's always cold - sometimes 30 below - but the joy we feel in putting on five performances over two days is enough to warm us all. I used to be the bishop of a local congregation. We encourage each other, help families stay strong and serve local leaders. Probably, the most visible signs of my faith are the fact that I don't drink or smoke (both things I never dreamed of saying when was younger) and you won't hear me cussing either. I try to follow the commandments as best as I can, but I am far from perfect.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Raman Job
You need a desire to find out if God is real. You need to want to feel his love. And you need to recognize that he has certain desires for you because you are his daughter or son and wants you to progress.  If you've been skeptical of or disappointed in religion before, open your heart and mind again - long enough to really find out if the Mormon church is really Christ's church restored again to earth. When Christ was here he definitely did organize his Church. We believe he has restored that that very church in these latter days.  Coming to know and feel close to God will require genuine prayer and study. We can help you discover the blessings that come from not just knowing about, but really knowing God. We'll never ask you for blind faith - to simply take our word for it. You need your own witness that it's true.  The bottom line is that you really can build a relationship with your Father in Heaven that is so close and personal and positive that you will never face another problem without his help again. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Raman Job
The Book of Mormon was translated from the records of ancient civilizations who lived on the American Continents. It bears strong testimony of Jesus Christ and tells the story of the visit of the Saviour to these ancient people who came to the New World across the Pacific Ocean from the middle east.  We love the Book of Mormon, and we love the Bible. Both are the word of God to different civilizations at different times. We take both to Church on Sundays. We use the King James version of the Bible and the Book of Mormon in our worship services and our studies.  Reading this wonderful book of scripture has enriched my life. It is a constant source of inspiration. It is the real deal. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Raman Job
We welcome everyone to our chapels. You won't find a nicer, more positive group of people. Our talks and lessons are given by members of the congregation, you'll never see a collection plate because our ministers don't get paid. The main focus of our worship is learning about our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Adults and children all worship together in our sacrament meeting which is the main meeting of the day. After that we have Sunday School for all ages, then lessons for men and women. We call each other "brother" and "sister" because we believe no matter what our nationality or background, we are all children of God. Show more Show less