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Hi I'm Ron Boutwell

Husband, father, US Army veteran. I've worked in war zones as a QA/Safety Manager for 6 years. I'm a proud convert to Mormonism.

About Me

I am a 48 year old father, husband, US Army veteran and I have worked as a civilian contractor supporting our military troops in Afghanistan and Iraq for the last 6 years. I am a proud Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

Despite all the criticisms people toss our way about historical evidence refuting our religion - I remain faithful. I did not convert to LDS out of a commitment to historical accuracy. The scriptures were not intended to be a history book. Combined, they are an Operator's Manual for life. It was not a scholarly choice to become a Mormon. It was a spiritual one. I converted because of the Mormons I knew in my daily life, the people they were, and the effects this church had on them and their families. The Mormons were the only church that did not preach about Hell fire and brimstone or attempt to frighten it's members into remaining faithful. Mormons are not afraid of Hell because we know we will never see it. We remain faithful out of love for our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ his son and our redeemer and our fellow Mormons whom we consider to be family. I was impressed that Mormons are not merely Sunday Christians. They are who they are whether wearing halos or horns 7 days a week. And our families are blessed by this on a daily basis. Many religions convert you out of fear. Mormonism draws you closer through love. Hell and fear has never been spoken to me since the day I joined this church in 2003. And I have never been taught to condemn other faiths for their beliefs. All good people will meet in Heaven someday even if those good people are from other faiths.

How I live my faith

I live it by simply being who I was created to be warts and all. I am far from righteous. I am rarely ever pious. But when the chips are down I know that my Heavenly Father loves me as his son and I will shout it from the roof of city hall on a crowded Monday at high noon.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ron Boutwell
No. You are not required to serve a mission. It is completely voluntary. It would not serve the church's interest to have missionaries in the field who are not driven by an internal need to do it. We are "called" by Heavenly Father to serve the church. Sometimes that calling comes through our local Bishops to us. Sometimes it comes from a direct "calling" from Heavenly Father to our hearts and minds. If Heavenly Father wants you to go out on a mission - he will call you to do so and you will know it is his will because you will want to do it as much as he wants you to. Show more Show less