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Hi I'm Russ

I'm a Mormon, a husband, father, grandpa and businessman.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for nearly 40 years and we have been blessed with seven children, seventeen grandchildren and our last two daughters are in college. We love to get together as a family and look for any occasion to do so. I especially love it when they come home to visit. I love to attend my children's activities. We have driven thousands of miles and spent thousands of hours watching our kids' sporting events, choir concerts, piano recitals, and other competitions and events, and wouldn't trade the good times together we have had for anything. One thing I will say, is that in the thirty years our kids/grand kids have been competing in one thing or another, they have never participated on the Sabbath.

Why I am a Mormon

When my mom and dad divorced I was 8 years old and had just joined the church. When my mother moved away, I never even thought about the church again until I met my sweetheart 40 years ago. I was slow to accept the lifestyle changes necessary to be a completely active member of the church at first, but after about two years of marriage, I was touched by the promise of eternal families and I saw how important the church was to my wife. I began fully living my faith and never looked back. The gospel has been a wonderful blessing to us and our children and now to their families. I do not regret leaving the old life behind for one second. I know that our family has been very blessed by being faithful in living the commandments.

How I live my faith

When I became active in the church in 1979, I began teaching Sunday School to 12-13 year old young men and women. It was a great learning experience for me. I have been a leader in the church for more than 25 years. I have always been active in the church. We enjoy serving our local community members whenever we see a need. We also serve each week in the Spokane Washington Temple. My wife and I returned home from a two year mission to the Philippines Manila Mission in October of 2015. We have been called to serve once again, this time as a mission president in the Philippines Cauayan Mission.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are sacred places of worship for worthy members of the church to make covenants and receive ordinances needed to know the mysteries of God. Nothing secret nor uncomfortable occurs in the temple. The reason only worthy members may enter a temple, is to keep it clean and pure from the sins of the world in which we live. Show more Show less