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Hi I'm Roger

The most special and significant thing about me is that I'm a Mormon. And if you're not, YOU should be too!

About Me

I'm a retired college administrator/professor. I taught composition, literature, creative writing and the history of ideas in both two- and four-year colleges. My career took me from Salt Lake City Utah to Staten Island, New York to Redlands, California to Readfield, Maine, to Paradise, California. Life has been quite an adventure! My wife and I are the parents of three great kids and grandparents of the five most terrific grandchildren in the world, with more surely on the way. I love to write poetry, fiction, and am the author of Defending Zion George Q. Cannon and the California Mormon Newspaper Wars of 1856-1857. I'm a stained glass artist, fly-fisher, and collector of beautiful old books. My wife and I completed a mission for our Church, working with Young Single Adults, have recently been called as ordinance workers in the Sacramento Temple, and are about to begin another mission in the California Living History Mission, introducing people to the contributions of the early Mormon pioneers here in California. (For example, did you know that William B. Ide, leader of the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846 and the first and only President of the California Republic was a Mormon? I recently laid out all of the supporting evidence for that assertion in an article in Mormon Historical Studies.)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, with five generations of Mormons behind me on both my mother's and father's side. But that is NOT why I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because when I got to be about eighteen I decided I needed to know for myself what religious path--if any--I would follow. Accordingly, I undertook a study of several religions, including Buddhism. But when I finally got around to reading the Book of Mormon, from cover to cover, and praying about it, I received an incredibly strong, personal, witness that it is true. Since then, that witness has been repeated on numerous special occasions. So I'm a Mormon because I'm convinced that it is the one Church on the face of the earth that possesses the full authority of God. But I'm also a Mormon because being a member of the Church, and living my life according to its teachings, has brought me incredible happiness! If YOU are not a Mormon, as well, you are really missing out on something. Next time you see a pair of Mormon missionaries, invite them to visit with you. You'll be glad you did!  

How I live my faith

I've had the opportunity to serve in the Mormon Church in various capacities, including as a Bishop, which is equivalent to a Pastor or Parish Priest. But my favorite "calling" has always been teaching the adult Sunday School class each week. I love teaching anyway, which is why I chose it for my career!, but to get to discuss doctrinal matters with others, while striving to better understand God's plan for each of us, well nothing could be more exciting and fulfilling than that. 

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

The short answer is because they don't understand us. I'm convinced that most who think we're some sort of weird cult believe that out of benign ignorance. But some, who may feel threatened by us for some reason--after all, ours is clearly one of the fastest growing religions in the world--have used this label to discourage others from learning about us. But look up the definition of a "cult" and ask how that could accurately apply to a world-wide Church, with some 15,000,000 members, who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and then ask yourself how we could possibly be a "cult" any more than any other major Christian denomination. I'm not suggesting we're the same as other churches--far from it--but we are definitely not a "cult."  Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

I try not to get offended when people ask this question, but from our perspective, it's difficult to understand how anyone could be confused about this point. The official name of the "Mormon" Church is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Granted that we differ with many so-called "orthodox" Christian denominations on some fine points of doctrine. For example, we have never embraced the Nicene Creed because we do not accept the idea that God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost are "one in substance." But we believe all three members of the Godhead are one in purpose and we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe He was born of a Virgin, was crucified as an atonement for our sins, and was resurrected on the third day. We worship Him and Him alone. Anyone who suggests we worship Joseph Smith or any other mere mortal is either deceived or is trying to deceive others. Finally, we believe that our church is the same organization, with the same divine authority, that was originally established by Christ Himself when He lived here on the earth. So yes indeed, we're Bible believing Christians! And we try our best to act like good Christians as well.  Show more Show less