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Hi I'm Ross

I was born and raised in Utah as a non-Mormon, but now I AM a Mormon.

About Me

I love to write code, especially to help someone. I have been working in the computer industry for over 20 years and love it; but don't ask me to fix your computer ;). I love to play golf, but am not very good at it. Since I grew up in Utah, I love to snow ski; nothing else like it. I am a husband first to my eternal companion and a father to my three wonderful kids. They are my life and my eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

That is a great question. Growing up in Utah and being surrounded by mormons was trying for me. I had great Mormon examples, but I also had some not so good examples. As you get older, you begin to understand choice and accountability. As this understanding increased I began to wonder about a lot of things in life. At about that same time, I had a great co-worker who was willing to answer questions I had without pushing me. I started to gain an understanding of who my Savior is and what he did, and still does, for ME. That was quite a humbling experience. As this understanding increased, my desire to do better increased. I wanted more for myself and my future. Reading the Book of Mormon was a good experience and the stories were somewhat interesting, but it wasn't until I was challenged to pray about it that things started to change in me. As I humbled myself to my knees to ask my Heavenly Father if this book was true, I was overcome by an incredible peace, followed by joy and happiness. Why am I a Mormon? Because I have gained lots of testimonies of it's truthfulness. A testimony is simply a combination of lots of testimonies and their truths. I know my Heavenly Father loves me, so much that he had the patience needed to bring me around; to gain these testimonies. The more faithfully I live His gospel, the more my understanding grows to what he wants me to be.

How I live my faith

My faith is an every day thing. My wife is wonderful and does a fantastic job at keeping it that way. We pray and read scriptures every night. Sometimes the scripture reading is limited, but it still happens. While at work, I often find myself offering quick prayers for help in my job. If I'm struggling with something, I will offer a prayer for help. It does wonders. Many, many times after those prayers are offered, my mind clears and I can continue with what I'm working on. Part of the Mormon faith includes genealogy. Finding my heritage is important to me. I love to find stories about them and discover who they were; and I especially love to take them to the temple. When I attend the temple on their behalf, I am deeply touched by the Spirit and I can feel when they are accepting of the work I do.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ross
A testimony is simply a gospel related topic/subject that you believe to be true, so much that you testify of it's truthfulness. When a mormon talks about a testimony, they are usually talking about their belief overall of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or their belief of knowing Joseph Smith was/is a prophet. In reality, these testimonies contain lots of little testimonies. An example is tithing, or keeping the Sabbath Day holy, or prayer, scripture study, etc... Life is a wonderful thing. All people are at different places in life. Each subject/topic in the Gospel is like a seperate ladder. Each of us are on a different rung of those ladders. We work with what we have, our testimony of each of these subjects grows with more experience.  Show more Show less