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Hi I'm Roy.

I'm a Mormon. I’m also a husband (for 38 years, and counting), a father (of 5), a grandfather (of 4, so far) and a lawyer.

About Me

I was born and raised in a prominent college town in the Mid-West. I grew up playing all manner of sports (especially ice hockey and baseball). I met my wife in college. We moved west - to Utah - after marriage, where I attended law school. After graduation, we moved to Denver, where I joined a large law firm and became a corporate securities lawyer. Most of my clients were in the oil & gas business. We’ve raised 5 children (3 lawyers, 1 pediatrician, and one undergrad engineering major). My life has been very family-oriented. As we raised our children, my wife and I were both classic “Soccer Moms,” following 5 active competitive soccer, lacrosse and field hockey careers. For 14 years, I served as the President of a large competitive youth soccer club. Family vacations were generally planned around sports tournaments, which took us to virtually all four corners of the country. Now, with the kids basically grown and gone, we have had to re-orient our lives a bit. (Frankly, grandkids are an absolute godsend!) So, I suppose it was to keep me from becoming too complacent with life, that 6 years ago, at the old man age of 54, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Dealing with MS has taken a bit of wind out of my sails, but it has also given me unexpected, constantly changing life experiences. As a hobby, I’ve started making walking sticks (which I now need), but most of which I’ve given to others. All things considered, life has been very good to me and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to have been born into an active Mormon family, was baptized at 8, and was privileged to have numerous good role models who stressed moral character, hard work, education and social responsibility. But, I don't think any adult is really a practicing Mormon just because he or she “was born into an active Mormon family,” or “baptized at age 8.” No, one cannot rely on the faith, knowledge or spirituality of someone else; we each must find our own way to the Gospel – individually, we must each develop our own personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Doing that takes a lifetime, and we need to work at it every day. Based on my lifetime of study, prayer, experiences in life and spiritual confirmations I have been blessed to receive, here’s where I stand today: I know that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father. I know that his son, Jesus Christ, lives and that he is our Savior and that he paid the price of all of our sins and shortcomings by his infinite atonement, which was sealed by his cruxifiction. He was resurrected, and he and Heavenly Father appeared to the 14-year old boy, Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, translated through the gift and power of God. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today, and that he stands at its head. I know that the President of the Church is a living prophet. I know that through the Holy Ghost we can learn what God would have us do. He can and will give us the power to do what he asks of us, whatever it is and whatever trials may come. The fact that the Plan of Salvation as preached by the Church makes perfect sense to me just confirms my testimony. I am convinced that the Church’s doctrines on individual salvation through obedience to God’s commandments and good works, and the essential role of eternal families are the centerpieces of God’s plan. And that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Over the years, the Church has given me numerous opportunities to serve others. One of my most memorable – and enjoyable – times of Church service was the 5 years I spent in a leadership role to a congregation of young, single, adults between the ages of 18 and 30. While I know my service to them was well appreciated, I also know that I gained much more from being involved with them than they might have gained from me. In more recent years, I have most frequently been called on to teach, a challenge that I have always embraced, especially for classes comprised of young people. An important way in which Mormon men serve is by being a "Home Teacher" to other families in their congregation. We're expected to visit each of our families at least once a month, share a spiritual lesson, and help the family in any ways possible. Here again, the Home Teacher very often gets more out of giving the service than do the families he visits. Caring for others is a central part of God's plan, and Church activity assists in finding ways to serve. At base, being honest, chaste, moral, and loving and serving one's fellow man, is the real way in which a Mormon truly lives his faith. I certainly strive to be that way.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Roy.
Joseph Smith, himself, taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." And the Church has been doing exactly that, ever since. One of my law school classmates headed-up the Church's massive effort to aid those whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. When things settled down a bit, a reporter asked one of the (non-Mormon) leaders of the city's relief effort if any churches had been especially helpful, "Oh yes," was the answer, "two in particular: the Mormons and the Latter-Day Saints." Show more Show less