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Hi I'm Rusty.

I'm a very lucky husband, a proud father, an attorney, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small logging town and am the oldest of nine children. After serving a two-year mission for the Church in the Philippines, I went to college at Arizona State University where I met my wife. We enjoyed living the life of poor college students together. We are now the parents of a beautiful daughter and are hoping to grow our family through adoption. I enjoy learning, running, trying to keep organized, and making my family breakfast in the mornings. I currently work for a law firm in Phoenix, Arizona.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that I am a child of God and that He loves me very much. During a very challenging time while on my mission to the Philippines, I had an experience where a complete stranger walked up to me in a crowded marketplace, looked me in the eyes and said “Elder, God loves you so much.” And then, he just walked away. I know that this may not sound like much, but this tender mercy was exactly what I needed. Through this and countless other experiences, I have come to know that there is a God and that He is my loving Heavenly Father. Because I know that God loves me, it makes sense that He would prepare a way, through His Son, Jesus Christ, for me to be able to become more like Him and to experience all the blessings He enjoys. Because He loves me, it makes sense that he would continue to guide and direct His children on the earth through modern-day prophets. Because God loves His children, it makes sense that he would prepare a way for families to be together forever and for all of His children—even those who have not had an opportunity to receive this message—to return and live with Him again. But, I am not a Mormon just because it makes sense. I am a Mormon because, as I live my religion, I become a better husband and father and can feel myself drawing nearer to my Savior. Most importantly, I am a Mormon because I have carefully read the Book of Mormon and have asked God in prayer to know if it really is what it purports to be. In humility, I can tell you that God answered my prayer and I had a calming and reassuring feeling come over me. Because God loves me, I know that I would not have had these feelings of peace if the testimony of Christ contained in the Book of Mormon was not true.

How I live my faith

I try to be a witness of Christ by serving others and helping those around me. Some of the ways I do this are by volunteering at my congregation and by giving to those in need. I also make an effort to remember what the Savior has done for me by studying the scriptures regularly, praying each day, and setting aside Sunday as a day of worship. Finally, while I am far from perfect, I strive to keep the commandments, to live the principles I have been taught, and to be a good husband and father.