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Hi I'm Roger

I grew up on a dairy farm in Idaho. I am a husband, a father, an engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Aeronautical Engineer, an Air Force officer, and currently I am back to school as a PhD student. I have an amazing wife and five wonderful children; four daughters and a son. I love to read, run, bike, and spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by wonderful parents that taught me to love the Lord, search the scriptures, live the gospel, and pray to a loving Heavenly Father. My parents truly tried to be disciples of Jesus Christ. I was the eighth of nine boys in my family and the examples of my older brothers were inspirational to me. While they all had their shortcomings, each of them chose to live according to the Savior's teachings and I was able to see blessings come into each of their lives. As I grew, I searched the scriptures and prayed to know if the things I was taught were true. As I prayed and studied I could feel a happiness, the Spirit of God, telling me that it was indeed true. Over time my testimony of Christ grew stronger and I tried to live like he wanted me to. My testimony has grown over the years as I went to college and lived away from my parents for the first time, as I served for two years as a missionary in Brazil, as I dated and married my sweetheart, and as we've tried to raise our beautiful children to love and serve the Lord. I have learned that it takes effort to do what God wants me to do, but it truly makes me happy. I feel so extremely blessed to have a lovely wife that loves me and loves the Lord. I know we would not be so happy if we weren't striving to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are grateful for wonderful children that also try to do what is right. They are truly gifts from a loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying each day to be a better citizen, employee, student, friend, father and husband. I work hard at my employment, serve in my local congregation, and try to be a good neighbor and citizen. But all these things are secondary to my most important roles as husband and father.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

I see the purpose of the welfare services of the Mormon Church as taking care of God's children how I would like my own children taken care of. Sometimes people find themselves in situations where they truly need physical help. Yet oftentimes receiving handouts makes the receiver feel like a failure. For my own children, I would never want them to be given something without them feeling like they worked for that blessing. When we work for something and attain it, we are strengthened both body, mind and spirit. Charitable assistance, properly given, is a blessing to both those that give and those that receive. Show more Show less