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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, I am proud to be called an "Old Geezer" by some of the youth. My sweetheart and I have been married for forty years, and our marriage gets sweeter with each passing year. We have four children, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, all away from home now, and all whom we love dearly. I am a beef cattle nutritionist by profession, and have a passion for agriculture, including my work with Central US cattle producers and our family farm in Kansas which I manage. If possible, I would spend much of my time outdoors caring for the land, hunting, backpacking, horse packing with my mule and my wild mustang (now tame), and generally enjoying God's wonderful creations. Unfortunately, other responsibilities don't allow as much time in those activities as I would like. Maybe after retirement. I am a scouter, having been involved as an adult leader in Boy Scouts for more than twenty years. Our sons have all been active Scouts, with two of them achieving Eagle Scout rank. I once read that you don't have to be an athlete to be in shape. I have never been an athlete, but this gave me encouragement that I might be able to stay in good physical shape. My career as an officer in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, with its requirement to pass an annual PT test, was the initial impetus to run, but I enjoy running, and have completed twenty-one marathons over the last dozen years. Above all though, our family is the joy of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My sweetheart and I are adult converts to the Church, some thirty-seven years ago. Without reservation, it was absolutely the best decision we have ever made. It has completely changed our lives, given us an eternal perspective on life that we would not have had otherwise. The knowledge that our marriage can be for eternity and that we have the potential to be an eternal family adds another complete dimension to our lives. The Spirit bears witness to us of these things. We can't imagine life any other way.

How I live my faith

Having the eternal family perspective helps us to practice our faith on a day-to-day basis. Daily scripture study and personal and family prayer help us to deal with day-to-day challenges. My leadership responsibilities in church also help to remind me to live my life in an exemplary way. I try to pattern my life and daily actions after our Savior Jesus Christ's example. I currently serve as our local congregation's Branch President, where I have responsibility for the spiritual and temporal welfare of our members. This service is humbling and continually reminds me to be an example of the believers, not only with our members, but with all whom I interact in daily activity. The teachings of the Savior, the Ten Commandments, and the words of modern prophets help me to live my faith each day.