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Hi I'm Rod

I'm Mormon, a husband, father, grandfather and currently a full time missionary for the Church along with my wife.

About Me

I'm a retired county recorder and worked at a county recorder's office for about 33 years. My wife and I are the parents of 7 children and have six grandchildren. We had four boys and then three girls. Three of our sons are married and between them we now have five girl and one boy grandchildren. My hobbies include the study of languages. While a student at the university, I majored in German and minored in Latin. In addition, I also studied classical Greek, Gothic (a sister language to old German), and took a year of French. I took the Greek to be able to read the New Testament in the Koine (common) Greek of the Savior's day. I also love music, especially "classical" music. My older brothers installed a love of composers like Brahms, Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, etc. I especially have a great appreciation for the violin and the music of the composers who wrote for the instrument. One particular brother also gave me an appreciation of the guitar, which is what I ended up learning to play. I also am a lover of the organ and the literature that has been written for it - from Bach to Reger in the German school, and from Franck to Dupre in the French school. I also am a voracious reader. In particular, I like biblical and religious studies. My favorite author in those areas is the late Dr. Hugh Winder Nibley of Brigham Young University. I have a library of many of his works that were published by various printer and also by FARMS (now the Maxwell Institute at BYU).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a home that was "active LDS" (Mormon) and attended church on a weekly basis because that was what we did. However, when I hit the proverbial teenage years, family habit no longer sufficed as an adequate reason for continued attendance at church. This is a typical scenario for many who are born as a "Mormon." One begins seeking for reasons of purpose and existence at that age, and one also begins questioning the standards and beliefs of one's parents. Thankfully for me, my oldest brother became a surrogate father and kept me from rebelling and totally ruining my life. Through patient reasoning and expressing of his love for me, he was able to move me so that I was able, through my own soul searching, exercising of faith, repentance and considerable prayer, to gain the knowledge of the truth of the teachings I had heard all of my life. The Holy Ghost revealed to my mind and heart that God did actually exist and that he is my spirit father. I also received the knowledge the Jesus Christ is my personal redeemer and savior. I also knew and understood that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's only church here on the earth. I also received the sure knowledge that Joseph Smith, Jr. was and is truly a prophet of God, that he really did see God the Father and Jesus Christ in the early spring of 1820 just as he recounted. I also received the sure witness that The Book of Mormon came forth just as he and the 11 witnesses in the front of the book testified that it is true. I also was given the sure knowledge that there were and are living apostles and prophets on the earth. I learned just as the Apostle John that ..."the testimony (witness) of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy." Rev. 19:10 and as the apostle Paul learned ...that no man can say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." 1 Cor. 12:3.

How I live my faith

Over the years, besides serving a two year full time mission in Austria (which also included another three months at the Language Training Mission at Provo, Utah), I have served several stake and ward missions. I also spent at least 25 years teaching Gospel Doctrine in whatever ward I was living in. Most recently, my wife and I are serving another full time mission in Alaska (only 22 months this time). Before that I and my wife served as temple ordinance workers at the Provo Temple for 17 months. I also did a 9 year "stint" in Cub and Boy Scouting.