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Hi I'm Rory

I'm an Athletic Trainer, a basketball fanatic, music lover, a devoted husband, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a strong LDS family, where I learned the basic principles that have guided me throughout my life. I developed a love for music at an early age, teaching myself how to play the piano at age 11 and the guitar at age 16. Music is my escape from life; while blessed with a natural talent for it, I decided against pursuing it as a career because I loved the feeling of freedom that it gave me. I was an active, athletic boy and have maintained my love for competition and camaraderie that comes from organized sports. I play basketball regularly at the local church for recreation and exercise. I have been married to my wife for just over 3 years, and marriage was the best decision I ever made. Our relationship, while not being perfect, draws strength from the commitment that we have to each other. We both give more than we expect to receive. My wife gives me a reason to pursue my dreams. I recently finished my Master's Degree in Athletic Training and have relocated to Georgia to complete a sports medicine residency. I love learning about the miracle that is the human body. It has given me a special perspective and reverence for the gift of life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but that didn't guarantee that I would remain in the Church as an adult. Without a testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Bible as the Word of God, without an individual witness from the Holy Ghost that Christ's organization from the New Testament had been restored through a modern prophet, and without a knowledge that the same organization was led today by a prophet, chosen by Christ Himself through the revelation of the Holy Ghost, I would not be a Mormon. I believe with all my heart that God is my Father, that He gave His Only Begotten Son as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, and that through that great and single Sacrifice I can be reconciled to God and become a joint-heir with Christ in receiving all that the Father has. Christ is the Way. All other doctrines of the Gospel are based solely on this fact. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the organization through which Christ reveals His will to us in modern times. I know it is true because I have prayed and received an answer from Him, just as He promises in the scriptures. I am a Mormon because the Gospel is true. It's really that simple.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in a way so that people who know me will know the Gospel. I try to take every opportunity that I am given to share the happiness that it gives me with others, although this doesn't come naturally to me. My faith guides every major decision that I make. In general, I try to behave in the same way that I would if the Savior was present and watching me. However, that doesn't mean that I don't have weaknesses and shortcomings. It's easy for me to slip into the habit being judgmental and critical of others, and I struggle developing patience for working with groups of people. Still, the happiest times of my life are when I'm helping people. That is one of the reasons that I chose the professional field that I did; it helps me to develop a more natural attitude of caring for other people if I am consistently in a position where I can provide assistance. In the Church, each member is given a "calling," or a responsibility within the congregation. My calling is to work with the youth of my congregation, specifically the boys age 12-13. Our world is so complex, and I believe that helping the youth to understand that their foundation needs to be built on the Savior is of the utmost importance. I try to teach them to understand the scriptures, to honor the Priesthood, and to help strengthen their faith in the enabling and strengthening power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.