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Hi I'm Ralph Jenkins

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 49 yr old Father of 7 (5 boys and 2 girls) and I've been joyfully married to my beautiful bride for the past 22 yrs. I've been abundantly blessed during my life's work. I've spent 10 very successful years in restaurant management, 10 very successful years as an Advertising Account Executive and now I'm beginning a new phase in my career managing a Family Medicine clinic in Anchorage. Over the years my hobbies and interests have become less varied than they used to be but I'm a die hard New York Yankees fan and will try and catch a game on TV when I can. I also like college sports and have been a true blue BYU football and basketball fan for years. I really enjoy being involved with my sons in Scouting. My 2 oldest have both earned the rank of Eagle Scout, a 3rd boy has just moved into Boy Scouts and I have 2 in Cub Scouting. I volunteer as a Merit Badge Counselor and enjoy the opportunity to mentor youth that Scouting provides. I get a charge out of playfully teasing my daughters (they keep me laughing) and have enjoyed coaching them in softball and playing other sports with them. I love cooking and really enjoy doing it for my family. I regularly browse and buy cookbooks and one of my favorite cable TV channels is Food Network. I'm handy around the house and get a real kick out of fixing things when they break. But most of all, I love sitting and talking with my wife and enjoy her friendship above all else.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since birth. I was very fortunate to have been brought up in a loving home where I was taught from an early age that I am a child of a loving Father in Heaven who loved me enough to send His Son here to earth to atone for my sins and overcome death so that I can have the chance to return home to Him again. This knowledge has brought me so much joy and happiness in life. I know who I am, why I'm here and where I'm going. There are thousands of variations of Christianity on earth today, each teaching fundamentally different doctrines to the point that it leads to a lot of confusion. Yet this wasn't how Christ directed His church when he was on earth. He didn't teach a thousand different versions of His Gospel, He taught one Gospel, and ordained 12 Apostles by the laying on of hands with authority from on high to lead His Church. In the original church we see that God has always followed a pattern for leading His Church. Amos 3:7 says, "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." This means if the Lord GOD does anything, he does it through His Prophet. We see this pattern followed in the Old Testament with prophets like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, etc, and in the New Testament when the Lord Himself called his 12 Apostles and later when He called Paul. He still follows that pattern today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith very simply by trying to keep the first 2 commandments, loving and serving my Heavenly Father and loving and serving my neighbor. I served a full time mission for my church to the Tokyo South Mission in Tokyo, Japan and loved every minute of it. I'm not perfect at it but I try to live my faith by doing for my kids what my parents did for me. We have a weekly family devotional called "Family Home Evening" where we teach a lesson, play games, etc centered on a gospel topic. We try to limit the influences of the world so that our home can be a sanctuary where the Holy Ghost can dwell and the gospel of Jesus Christ can be a daily part of our family life. We try to live and teach by example the way our children should live their lives, by serving others, by developing a sincere relationship with their Father in Heaven and gaining a testimony of His Son Jesus Christ. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I currently serve as a High Priest Group Leader and have served others by being a Sunday School teacher, an adult leader in the church's Scouting program, as a membership clerk, as an advisor in a Young Men's Presidency, as a counselor in an Elders Quorum Presidency and as a Home Teacher. These are just a few of the many callings I've received in my lifetime as a member of the Church.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Ralph Jenkins
Throughout history God has always called righteous men to lead His church and to preach repentance. "Adam’s revelation did not instruct Noah to build his ark; nor did Noah’s revelation tell Lot to forsake Sodom; nor did either of these speak of the departure of the children of Israel from Egypt. These all had revelations for themselves, and so had Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, Peter, Paul, John, and Joseph. And so must we." It has been this way since the beginning of time. At times the wicked and rebellious have risen up and killed the prophets causing periods of darkness until God called another prophet to lead His church. The Old Testament prophet Amos said, "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" Amos 3:7. This means that if God does anything, he does it through a prophet. He revealed Himself to Moses from a burning bush, spoke directly to a 13 yr old boy named Samuel in the Temple and appeared to Saul in a blinding light while he was on the road to Damascus. In the spring of 1820 after centuries of spiritual darkness on earth, God opened the heavens again and called a prophet, appearing with Jesus Christ to a boy named Joseph Smith. From those humble beginnings Christ's gospel has been restored and has grown to over 14 million members worldwide today, with an organization of Prophets, Apostles built upon the rock of revelation with Jesus Christ still leading His church today through a modern prophet. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Ralph Jenkins
Priesthood Authority doesn't come from a college book or a religious degree from a Bible College. It comes from God. We only need to look to Jesus' example in the New Testament (Matt 3:15) when he sought out John the Baptist to perform His baptism so He in turn could fulfill all righteousness. The Savior didn't go to the Pharisees or the Sadducees, learned men of religion during His day, instead He went to one that had legitimate authority given from God, John the Baptist. We need to follow the Savior's example and receive baptism by one having authority to act in God's name and perform His ordinances here on earth. Jesus gave that authority to the 12 Apostles through laying on of hands. They didn't get it from a college book or by going to a Bible College, they received it from the Savior Himself. The Apostles held that authority until they were killed and that authority was taken from the earth. The Good News is that Christ's Church has been restored including His Priesthood Authority to perform ordinances of Salvation like Baptism. When in doubt you can never go wrong if you follow the Savior's example. Show more Show less