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Hi I'm R.J.

I'm a husband, father, hunter, fisher, business owner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Husband to an amazingly beautiful woman who pushes me to be better every day. A father to 2 cute and personable kids. I own a pest control company. I love the outdoors whether its hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing or other if it's outdoors I love it. I grew up playing basketball and still enjoy it today. I also spent two years in Southern Italy I grew to love the food, culture, and people of that region and long to return with my family some day. Today though much of my free time is spent with my family playing games, watching movies, and going on hikes. The rest of my free time is spent attending to my church duties. However, occasionally I sneak away to the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church but despite my parents' best efforts to guide to the right path I chose my own. My choices led me to confusion, heart ache, and addiction. I stumbled along for as long as I could on my own. A dear friend of mine then invited me to her church was a I agreed to attend. After the ceremony concluded I felt like it was a fun experience and even uplifting but I didn't quite feel God's love or peace. I tried a few other churches and then concluded that I needed to try the church of my childhood. Returning to church was difficult because it meant that I had to admit to being wrong. The support and love I felt from the members was second only to love I felt as a knelt and prayed for the first time ever on my own accord. Over the next few months I felt the power of the Savior's Atonement as it purified my life. I was able to give the things I had become addicted to as well as the other aspects of my lifestyle that was not in harmony with the Savior's teachings. Today I still have moments of temptation to return to my old addictions but I find that through prayer, fasting, attending church meetings, and reading my scriptures I have an added strength and I have never succumbed to my previous addictions. Today my addictions include testifying of the power of the atonement, serving others, and spending time with my family. I know that it is only through the Savior that I can have true happiness.

How I live my faith

I attend my church meetings, teach classes to help the men in our congregation, help organize service projects and activities, visit those that maybe in need of assistance. I found the most joy or happiness comes from visiting the members of our congregation in their homes and feeling the love they have for the Savior and each other. It helps to know that I'm not the only one trying. It also helps to know I'm not the only one who makes mistakes. Because though I strive to treat others as Christ would I fall short frequently. When this occurs I seek the offended party's forgiveness as well as my Heavenly Fathers' and find peace in doing so.