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Hi I'm Rod

I am a golf Long Drive State Champion, a classic car enthusiast, and father of three.

About Me

The most important thing in my life is my family. I have a wonderful wife who supports me in all that I do. My kids are just starting their own lives now and it is fun to watch what they have chosen to do in life. I love to golf and fish when I get free time, and play all sports. I am a Regional Vice President for a National RV chain. I love to work with people and understand how important we all are in Heavenly Father's Plan. I love to serve in the LDS Church and appreciate the opportunities my Heavenly Father gives me to grow.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized on my eight birthday, a day I will never forget. The opportunity to make promises to my Heavenly Father to follow his Son's example throughout my life. Also the opportunity to repent and receive forgiveness when I have sinned. If I can relate one reason of why I am a member of the LDS church goes back to one event early in my life. I had a condition that required many visits to specialists. In this process, I also had to have many skin biopsies taken that were painful, and in the end led to no help in curing my skin issues. Imagine having to be wiped down with ointment and then having to wear a dry cleaning bag over your body every night so that your skin would not dry out. Not very fun for a 5 year old! Finally, after no hope was offered, my father gave me a Priesthood Blessing asking Heavenly Father to relieve me of this condition. He did this in the name of Jesus Christ. My condition dissipated and I have not had a relapse since. I know Christ is alive and because of His resurrection we will all have that same opportunity to receive his gift free of charge. I love working out my salvation as I learn every day to be closer to Christ. I understand without his sacrifice and grace I would never be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father. This is the good news of the Gospel and the base of my beliefs. I am also grateful for all of those who sacrifice their time on our behalf.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the young men president in my ward. I have served mostly with the youth in our church over the last 20 years. One of may favorite opportunities to serve was with the Cub Souts. I love the support the Church gives to young men by being a charter organization to the Boy Scouts of America. The youth of the church have had a huge influence on my life as has the programs the church has for the youth. These programs are one of the reasons that I know this is Christ's Church on the earth. The programs of the church lead and direct the youth through some of the hardest years of their lives. Our youth are incredibly Christ-like, and a great example to me. I love to serve others and am grateful to belong to an organization that helps all people world wide with absolutely no discrimination. We are all God's children.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Rod
Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less