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Hi I'm Ron

I am from Mesa, Arizona. I joined the Mormon church when I was an 18 year old freshman attending ASU.

About Me

I have been married to my wonderful wife Lisa for more than 30 years now. I am a father of 4 great kids. I am an avid outdoorsman. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing, hiking, and rappelling. Since high school, I have been making pottery, usually thrown on a wheel. Our home has my pottery everywhere, from dishes to ornamental raku fired vases. I am an attorney by profession which gives me a chance to help others.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad was Baptist and my mom was, and is, Mormon, although she stopped attending church when she was a young girl. When I was around 13, my dad was very involved in Bible study groups. He would take me to all kinds of churches, mostly independent, evangelical in nature. We went to Billy Graham crusades, Campus Crusaders for Christ, and even tent revivals. Some of these churches were very anti-mormon in their teachings. By the time I was 17, I had no use for any religion. My relationoship with my parents was volatile. I just wanted to "do my own thing". I have a sister who is a year older than me and who has always been much closer to the Spirit than me. She moved out of our home when I was 17. When I was 18, and just graduated from high school, she invited me to her baptism in the Mormon Church. I was not particularly surprised. I always thought that would happen for her. I went to her baptism. Her Bishop came up to me and put his arm around me and in a very kind way asked me when I was going to join the Church. I pulled away from him and told him "you will never get me into the Mormon Church". And I stormed out without witnessing my sister's baptism. A few months later, I was a college freshman at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. It was 1975 and I was a long-haired free spirit. I was trying to figure out my life; I wanted something more. I turned back to religion. The one church I had not really studied was the Mormon Church. So I asked the missionaries if they would teach me. To me, those missionaries were like angels sent from heaven. I believed everything they taught me. Well, I prayed and studied and listened. But mostly, I felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that what I was hearing and feeling was true. I knew it and I could not deny it. I was baptized in October of 1975. Later I served as a missionary in Spain. I have never once regretted the decision I made to be baptized. My life is full.

How I live my faith

I have mostly worked with the 12-18 year old young men in our Church. Right now, I teach an adult Sunday school class. I love the chance to serve.