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Hi I'm Rod

I have lived in extraordinary places, and experienced extraordinary things, but I'm an ordinary guy. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married, with 4 children under the age of 11. I like to read, write poetry, and dance to Swing music, among other things. I have a Bachelor's degree, and I currently work for my in-laws' family business. I have lived in 3 different countries on 3 different continents, in many different U.S. states, and on or near several Indian reservations. I love to study other religions and read their texts, and I have gained a special love of Buddhism.

Why I am a Mormon

To begin with, I was raised in the LDS Church. People commonly assume that those of us "born into the church" just follow our parents' faith unquestioningly, but this is a false assumption - you can't live on borrowed light, so we must all discover what we, ourselves, believe. Then, we can have our own convictions, and our own relationship with God. As a teenager, I hung out with the Gothic/Punk crowd, going to concerts and dance clubs. Most of my friends were promiscuous drug addicts. While we shared the same musical preference, I chose not to participate in their immoral activities. Needless to say, this meant that I spent a lot of time alone. When I was nearing 19 (the age most young men serve missions for the church), I realized that I had to find out for myself if the church was true, because either way it would mean big changes in my life. My parents had told me earlier in life that they expected me to serve a mission. While I knew they were well-meaning, I rebelled because I felt I shouldn't do it unless it was for the right reasons. At 18, I began sincerely searching the scriptures and praying to know for myself if the church was true. After several months, I knew that the church was true, and that the Book of Mormon was true, as well. And so I left a girlfriend, friends, old habits, and a lot of old music, and served a mission for the Lord, because I knew it was the right thing to do. I may have been a Mormon in the beginning because my parents lead me to the Gospel, but I am a Mormon now because I know that it is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a myriad of ways. In fact, I truly believe that my faith affects everything that I do. At church, I teach the "Gospel Essentials" class, the class for new members and guests/visitors. I also pay monthly visits to a few families that I attend church with, and occasionally assist the local missionaries in their duties. Outside of church, I serve in the local Neighborhood Watch, and frequently blog about politics and emergency preparedness issues, because I believe that people can take care of themselves better if they are informed and prepared.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

God placed us on the earth as individuals, each with individual potential for physical and spiritual growth. When we become self-reliant, we are taking responsibility for our own welfare, and removing the ability to blame others for our state in life. Preparing for emergencies allows us to have peace of mind in the face of minor turmoil or even major cataclysms. The scriptures describe many terrible events that will happen before the Savior returns. These include earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, etc., many of which are happening all around us, even as we speak. Those who were prepared have suffered less, and have frequently even been in a position to help care and provide for others around them. Many members who have not been affected by these disasters, but who were prepared for emergencies, have also traveled to affected areas to offer service and supplies, or have donated goods to be shipped to affected areas. People who are self-reliant and/or prepared for emergencies, are in a position to take care of themselves and others. Everyone wins! Show more Show less