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Hi I'm Ray

I'm a soon-to-be Speech-Language Pathologist. I enjoy studying multiple languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am finishing my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I want a career where I can help people, and since every human needs to communicate, this field is what I feel I should be a part of. I got interested in the field as a student of Brigham Young University studying Linguistics. I served a two-year mission for the church in Stockholm, Sweden where I came into contact with people from all over the world and loved learning about them. Linguistics was a way to learn more about people of the world. I choose a minor in Speech-Language Pathology, and through much prayer and fasting, I realized I needed to attend graduate school in this field. I got married on Leap Day, February 29th, 2008, and we now have a one-year old. I've always wanted to be a dad, and I finally have that chance. I love languages, music (I play trumpet, piano, and organ), college football (Go BYU, Nebraska, Hawai'i, and Minnesota!), skiing, waterskiing, working out, birds, nature, wildlife, oceans, and learning about nutrition. I recently started P90X and have never felt such a desire to eat better and be more fit.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught from a young age that God lives and Jesus Christ is His son. I found out this was true for myself at a very young age by feeling a very powerful and convincing warm feeling that covered my whole body. This was a witness by the Holy Ghost this was true. As I've lived the teachings of the Church, I've learned more and more just how real God is and that feeling I felt wasn't fake or in my head. As I served a mission, in a very atheistic country, and talked to so many about their beliefs, I learned everyone believes there is something out there that controls everything, some "higher power" as they called it. I know that higher power is a real being who is a Father to everyone and anyone who tries to get to know Him, can find out for himself/herself that this is true. What keeps me faithful and believing is feeling that warmth and goodness everyday as I do my best to try to follow the teachings of Christ and His living prophet and other leaders today. I would not trade my membership in this church for anything else in the world. NOTHING gives me more happiness. I love it!

How I live my faith

We are given callings in this church and no one gets paid. I've held many callings and all have helped me grow in different ways. Recently, I was called to play the organ every week in front of all who attend services. I could not even remember the last time I touched an organ, but I did play the piano. It took a while to get the hang of it, and it was nerve-wracking to perform every week in front of people, but I grew a lot with that calling and still continue to grow. It's a wonderful opportunity to serve. I currently help to serve a large group of men ranging from ages 18-40 or so. I help to teach them how to be good husbands and fathers through teaching, service, and encouraging them to be a good home teacher. What is a home teacher? It is someone who assists some families by visiting them often and assisting them with their needs. This is how we look after each other in the Church. I am a home teacher too, and serve those living in Omaha. Whenever my life seems challenging or tough, I always try to see how I am doing with my callings. Sometimes, I don't always serve how I should, but when I change my focus back to serving others, my problems are so much lighter and I feel better knowing I helped someone who may have it worse than me. This is why I love the church because it helps me as much as it helps others. Our prophet is always encouraging us to serve, and I believe 100% that we are here to assist others, and not to just help ourselves. We are rewarded for our service by feeling that "good feeling" that comes by helping others. As members of this church, we can feel that very often as we simply fulfill the duties of our callings.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes. The best part about being married and having a family is knowing that death will not tear my family apart. I never, ever think, "what if one of us dies, what then?" Through the restoration of this gospel to living prophets, God has told us that we will live together as families in the eternities after we all complete our time on this Earth. Joseph Smith also revealed that we'll have the same sociability as we have here, but it will last forever. I know that if I, as the leader of my household, do everything I can to have a happy home, that happiness will continue on and not end. It's a responsibility that will last as long as my heart is beating, but it will be so worth it after it stops. Also, another reason why you may know that so many members of the church have many kids is because of this very doctrine that we can all live together for eternity, so why not have a few more to share it with? Besides, kids won't be two, a teenager, a video-game addict, or going through a mid-life crisis forever. We all have our agency, but we are promised we can be together forever. The temple makes this possible. Show more Show less