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Hi I'm Ron.

My wife and I are parents of 6 children and 23 grand children.

About Me

I enjoy walking in the outdoors, fishing and taking photographs of the beautiful world arround us. My hobbies include woodworking where in recent years I find pleasure in making things for my granddchildren. But my real interrest is in cabinent making and furniture building. Reading is my great adventure and have aquired an interrest in history and focus on the American Reveloutionary period. I am at an age in life where though not yet retired my view of my life allows me to value most those things that provide the greatest joy in this life and those that endure into the world beyond this life. Those most cherished are my relationships with my family and the extension of my family backward in time to ancesters and forward to my children and grandchildren and posterity not yet born. So, I take particular pleasure in interacting with my living ancestors discoverying the world they grew up in and understanding the world of my grand children's view.

Why I am a Mormon

I have the great blessing of a family heritage of ancesters that joined the Mormon Church and immigrated to the United States in the mid to late 1800s But my conversion came personally in a special way while searching for who I was during my Softmore year in college. In my search I found mysefl reading scripure regularly. Over time, I decided that I needed to ask the fundamental question. Is Joseph Smith who he claimed to be and are the records he claimed were revelations really from God? The anwser came in an unmistaking way. In total peace the feeling over came me, "yes the Book of Mormon is a true account and Joseph Smith's testiimony and witness of God the Father and Jesus Christ is the truth". Once you know that there truely is a Redeeming Savior, everything changes.

How I live my faith

My greatest desire is to do the things God wants me to do. I find this fulfilled in my destire to be of some service to others every day. Within the LDS Church I have learned that it is in that service where joy is the greatest and now find it easy to connect with any of God's children and thrill at getting to know and interacting with people of all cultures and backgrounds. I am currently serinving as the Bishop of our local ward or congregation. An added benefit of this service is the opportunity I have to work with the youth 18 and younger. I thrill to see their potential and helping them sort out the important things of life and developing into productive citizens.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Ron.
We believe that because of the "Antonment of Jesus Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel" (Article of Faith 1:3). Jesus, himself though perfect in every way submitted himself to receive baptism by seeking out John (The Baptist) as one authorized to perform the required ordinance. Since we are not perfect and require God's forgiveness must repent and submit ourselves to be baptized by those having the priesthood authority of God. This ordinance symbolizes the cleansing effect of the atoning sacrafice of Jesus Christ and makes it effective in our own lives. We do this by receiving Christ in the act of submitting to be baptized and by the covenant we make to take upon ourselves the name of Christ and promising to keep HIs commandments and to always remember Him as our Savior and Redeemer. We are then given the opportunity on each Sunday to partake of the emblems of Chist's sacrafice in memorty of Him and the covenants we have made with Him. Show more Show less