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Hi I'm Ray Madsen

I grew up in Salt Lake City. I traveled the world under the ocean and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1949. At 17 I joined the Navy and served on Submarines. After 8 years active duty I went to Brigham Young University where I graduated in 1977. I began work in the Family History and after 33 years I am now retired. I missed my time in the Navy so I joined the Navy reserve and retired as a Chief Radioman after 20 years. Because of my great interest of love of my ancestors and proud of my military service and country I have enjoyed being in the Scottish American Military Society where we wear our kilts and do color guard for memorial services, parades and Scottish tattoos I very much enjoy my children and grandchildren watching them grow. After many years living in Utah my wife and I moved to the pacific northwest where we enjoy the beauty of the trees, mountains and water. Here we are making new friends, taking morning walks in the forests and taking up golf, bird watching, photography, fishing and working on our own family history. I enjoy drawing and painting and our new home provides so much to paint and photograph that it is just a little bit of paradise here. .

Why I am a Mormon

As a 17 year old I joined the Navy. Although I very much enjoyed the Navy and intended on making it a career I received very strong impression that I should get out of the Navy and go to college to pursue a study in genealogy. I was a high school drop out and did not think I had much chance of getting in college. But as a Mormon I believe in personal revelation. The feeling was so strong that I had to be obedient to the promptings of the spirit. I did get in college and had a very successful career as a genealogist. The Lord has blessed me by being obedient to my personal revelation. It is in this same manner that I have a testimony gospel of Jesus Christ and of the blessings of the atonement. It is through personal revelation that I know that the Book of Mormon is true and through Joseph Smith the fullness of the gospel has been restored and we have prophet on the earth today.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is how I live my faith. Being a Mormon means I strive to live by the standards of the Church daily and in every action and what I do with others. With other members of the Church, my wife and I visit assigned families as home teachers. We become good friends and they learn to count on us as we do with our own home teachers. In the Church there are many activities which we become involved with which straightens us as members of the Church. By our actions many see that our standards of a clean life style are different. I try to share the talents I may have with our community and try to become involved in bettering the community where we live. My wife and I have taught several Family History classes at the local public library and the county genealogical society. After our move to Sequim and only a few months after I retired, thinking I could sleep in late everyday, I received a new church calling as an early morning seminary teacher to high school students. We meet at 5:55 am every school day for 1 hour when I have the great blessing of teaching Old Testement to them. What great kids they are. They sometimes come in tired, but they are so bright, they understand so quickly the principles taught and lessons learned. They embrace the scriptures and by understanding the Creation, the Fall and the Atonement they come closer to Jesus Christ. They understand the all important question - Who Am I? Where Did I Come From and Why Am I Here?