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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a husband, father of 6 children, and grandfather of 8. I'm a retired chemical engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents believed that to raise a good son he needed to be actively involved in church, play a sport, learn a musical instrument, and be a Boy Scout. That all happened to me while I lived in Mexico City as a young man for 8 years. I also spent 2 years in Bolivia as a missionary. I am bilingual and have a great love for and understanding of the people of Central and South America. My career as a chemical engineer and business manager has taken our family of 3 boys (they also had to do the same things I did) and 3 girls (and they had their things to do) to various locations in the United States and travel for me throughout the world. It has been a great experience to leave our circle of comfort with family and friends, and expand into new experiences and friendships. We spent many vacations traveling and camping around the country. We've shared the joy of attending each others games and recitals. Always preferring to fix things myself, I've spent many hours learning how and then attempting to repair cars, appliances and anything else that breaks. And that has always involved the family in home projects and community service.

Why I am a Mormon

A Jewish friend invited me to teach the boys of his Boy Scout troop something of the Mormon faith. As we talked afterward he said, "All you Mormons are happy. " I mentioned the names of a few other Mormons I knew he was acquainted with from Boy Scouts. He said, "I should have known. They are always happy too." I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy and it gives my life great meaning when I follow the doctrine. It is not easy at times. But joy comes from doing hard things that are good and everlasting. I believe there are eternal laws that must be obeyed and standards that must be met in order to enjoy lasting happiness. We can learn what those are from God, our Eternal Father, as he has communicated them to His living prophets. I know He does that today and when I follow such direction I am at peace, content, and joyful regardless of current circumstances, whether blessings or trials.

How I live my faith

The church has given me many opportunities to serve within its organization, everything from teacher of a small class of children to leader of a large congregation. Each has provided great learning and meaningful experiences for me. But the real opportunities for living my faith come in unstructured moments where I can observe a need and then serve. Things like shoveling the snow off the driveway before my neighbor gets home from work or helping someone with a disabled car or driving someone to a medical appointment. It is visiting people on a regular basis, to get to know them and make sure they are all right. It is accepting in faith all assignments from my church leaders, regardless of circumstance, and fulfilling them as best as I can.