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Hi I'm Roger

I'm a Mormon who grew up in Hawaii and Tacoma, Washington. I'm an ENT doctor with a wonderful wife and 11 children.

About Me

In my life, I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a fireman, then a NASA physicist, then a military officer, then a poet and writer, then a college teacher, then an insurance salesman, then a pipe coverer with the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, and finally a physician and surgeon. I didn't settle down till my wife told me she wanted to have a lot of children and that she didn't think I could pay for them on a High School English teacher's salary. While she was busy having 11 children, I was busy with medical school and residency. She never complained that I was gone long hours, leaving her with all the children. Later she encouraged me to fulfill a childhood dream to be a pilot, something I had forgotten in our busy life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was struggling to find God and find my relationship with him as a child and a teenager. In my High School of 1500 students, I was one of 3 Latter-Day Saint church youth there. We were poor and I wanted to get on the 5th grade baseball team. So it was a sacrifice to get me a baseball glove to try out for the team. I failed in the attempt. On the way home, I found something interesting and put my glove down, losing it. I didn't know what to do. So I prayed to find it. Opening my eyes, I saw it 6 feet away. My first answered prayer that I remember. Later when I was 14, I was walking home in the dark from a friend's house, I was suddenly and unusually terrified by the deepest darkness. I was chilled to the bone. I didn't know what to do, so I prayed for help. A warm peace settled over me, and I lost my fear of the dark forever. This was my second answered prayer. After that, it became easier to pray and to really believe there was God with power to answer prayers listening to me. He became my friend through all the trials of being a teenager and later when I sat on a lonely mountain top above the rice paddies in central Korea as a military officer hundreds of miles from the nearest church. I don't know how I could have survived my life since then without the prayer backdoor to God's attention. It is a marvel to me to reflect on a child's faith rewarded by a simple answer to prayer to change my whole destiny in life. After that I wanted to serve him and his children. I wanted to learn more about His Son, Jesus Christ. I wanted to follow Christ, do the things He did, say the things he said. I felt His love for His children as I served them. I could immerse myself in the scriptures and see Him move across the face of history. I began to see His hand in everything, how gentle it was, how loving, and how selfless. He lives because he has shown me the way and experiencing it has confirmed my testimony of the Church and the Book of Mormon as the way back to Him.

How I live my faith

No greater privilege has come my way than teaching the basic gospel of Jesus Christ every Sunday and many days in between. I teach the Gospel Doctrine class in Spanish. I get to travel around Nebraska to many local Latter-Day Saint chapels scattered throughout western Nebraska. There I get the chance to preach the gospel in Spanish. The Hispanics have a great love for the Savior, a child-like working faith in Him, and a great appreciation of all I do for them. They love their families and are devoted to them. They are a great example for the rest of us in humility and family life. I love working with them and to see the delight in their eyes when they develop new understanding of the Savior's mission and teachings. I love to volunteer in community service. I had the opportunity to help build a Habitat for Humanity house with my son. Recently we worked in the local Buffalo Bill Museum to reverse all the flood preparations after the flood was over. It is fun to work with others to build community spirit and cohesiveness. I've also had the opportunity to assist in preparing community emergency response plans, help others not of our faith discover their genealogy, be a Ham Radio resource for emergencies, pick up highways, clean up properties, paint homes, redo roofs, sing in Nursing homes, and give service to my State and Country by participating in the active National Guard.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Paying tithing reminds me that nothing that I have or have earned is from only my efforts. God helps me in so many ways that I don't even comprehend. With God nothing is impossible. Most of the blessings from paying tithing are spiritual in nature. Sure there are financial blessings, like learning on how to live on less, avoiding unnecessary purchases, being frugal and being wise in how to use limited resources. But after giving to the Lord, there is a heightened feeling that He is on your side through all the trials of life no matter how they turn out. It's like being on a great football team that lost on technicalities but knew they had fought the good fight and had nothing to be ashamed of. It is also easier to part with my hard earned money to others less fortunate who also happen to be God's children in need of blessings. Children have big eyes, and tithing makes a strong statement to them that sacrifice for God and others is one of the laws the universe operates under. To love God and your fellowman are the greatest of all the commandments according to Jesus. Show more Show less