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Hi I'm Rory

I'm number five of eight children and consider my self the oldest of the last four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a school teacher and teach Spanish for native speakers and Spanish 3 & 4. My wife and I have seven children. We live on a 20 acre hobby farm and raise horses and cows. We enjoy horseback riding, kayaking and outdoor activities.

Why I am a Mormon

About three years before I was born, Mormon missionaries came to my parents home several times during the day. But, my mother would not let them in or listen to them. She was raised in the Christian Church and her only brother was a preacher. One evening the missionaries came by and my father let them in. They shared a message, a pray, and left. After they left, my mom was very upset with my dad and could not believe that he had allowed Mormons into our home. My dad simply said and they were welcome to come into our home and talk about religion as long as they did not offend. They continued to come and started teaching my family and after several months my father agreed to be baptized. My mom intentionally smoked during the appointments to offend them, but when my dad agreed to be baptized she felt scared and threaten. The night that my dad accepted the baptismal challenge, my mom decided that she too must read and pray about the Book of Mormon. She did. As she read and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and to know of Joseph Smith and the first vision, the Holy Ghost bore witness to her that it was true. My parents and three oldest siblings joined the church. I grew up knowing the church was true but during my junior year in high school is when I gained a personal testimony. That year we were to study the Book of Mormon through Home Study Seminary. I had a younger brother that was a freshman and I couldn't "not" read the Book of Mormon and him read it so I became very serious about reading daily. I would read between one and three chapters a day in our laundry room with the door closed and sit on top of the dryer while it was running. The buzz of the dryer would drowned out all other noises and distractions and I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. It was also very beneficial that my seminary teacher treated me with favor and personal interest.

How I live my faith

With so many children at home with various ages and needs, we try to read from the scriptures daily as a family and then discuss what we've read. The children really enjoy my stories and experiences as well as my insight. We also have family pray together two times a day if possible. My children hear what I'm praying for and know what is important to me. I'm not a perfect father but I'm trying to do my best and they see that. As a family, we try to serve others and make it a family event.