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Hi I'm Royce

I've been a teacher and a mentor. I study learning technologies and social networking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young father of two beautiful girls and am currently finishing a doctoral degree in learning technologies. I enjoy spending time with my growing family, enjoying the outdoors, and playing video games.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents became Mormons just before I was born, so the Church was an on-going part of my childhood. Growing up in a town with few members of the Church, I spent much of my late childhood in soul-searching and self-examination, considering what my relationship was to God and whether the faith of my parents was correct, or at least right for me. Ultimately, I decided that I would follow Joseph Smith's example and ask God Himself how He viewed me, if the atonement of Jesus Christ had power to save me, and if Joseph Smith was, indeed, His prophet. The answer came to me in a manner that I cannot deny, and though many years have passed since that time, and I have spent much of my intervening life in the study of mankind's philosophies and scientific pursuits, the answer that came to me as a maturing youth remains clear and beyond doubt both in my heart and in my mind. God revealed to me that indeed He was there, that He cared for me, that the Lord Jesus Christ's atonement was made so that I could return to Him, and that Joseph Smith was indeed one of His prophets. I attribute everything good in my life to being a reflection of that love, which I came to recognize that God the Father has for me, and I have tried to lead my life in such a way that would be pleasing to Him since that time.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving my community via my profession and church callings, and by seeking to become a model husband and father. As an educator and teacher trainer, I have the opportunity to offer my time and talents in helping others to learn in ways that are personally meaningful and socially valuable. As an institutional and state employee, I espouse principles of honesty, integrity, and industry in my daily interactions with co-workers, clients, and employers. I view the professional and personal aspects of my life as extensions of my spiritual life and my connection to the Lord Jesus Christ. I've taught various religion classes to many different age levels and audiences, and my callings have guided me to visit the sick, to assist the elderly, to provide spiritual and physical assistance for those who may be struggling, and to become a friend and a servant to strangers and acquaintances alike in a true spirit of Christian brotherhood.

In whom should we have faith?

We can and should have faith in a variety of people and things, depending upon our purposes. If we need plumbing work done on our home, then a call to a specific plumber reveals faith in his or her abilities or at least his or her profession. If we send our children to school, we are exhibiting faith in teachers, counselors, administrators, and so forth to teach our children in a manner that we deem appropriate. If we seek marital advice, then approaching a religious leader, therapist, or wise friend exhibits our faith in them and in their abilities to help us through difficult times. Yet, the true question of faith, as it relates to religion, has to do with our individual salvation from sin. If we seek to be saved from death and sin to inherit the eternal life prepared for us by a loving Father in Heaven, then there is only one Being in whom we can have faith to bring this about: Jesus Christ. It is "only in and through Christ ye can be saved" (Mosiah 16:13). It is only through Christ that our desires to live eternally can be made real. Only Jesus Christ has the power to save us from our sins and to redeem us from death, and, as a result, faith in anyone or anything besides Jesus Christ, though it may bring about a variety of outcomes in this life, is insufficient to save us in the hereafter. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe that we all can only be saved through grace. Period (Ephesians 2:8). If it were not for Jesus Christ's atonement, all mankind would be irreparably and hopelessly lost. It is only because Christ paid the price for our sins that we can hope to live with our Heavenly Father in eternity. God's grace, however, does not take away our agency. Each of us may choose to allow Christ's atonement to have effect on our lives or may choose to reject it. As we accept the Lord's atonement, it leads us to change who we are and what we do. We seek to give up our sins (Alma 22:18) and strive to serve Him with all our heart, might, mind, and strength (Doctrine & Covenants 4:2). Thus, true acceptance of Christ leads to a change in who we are and a life devoted to fulfilling His purposes, while a life devoid of such actions merely reflects hypocrisy, along with our alienation to God and our rejection of Christ. As we accept Christ's gift to us, it changes who we are. If we are not changing to be like Christ, then we have not accepted His gift. Show more Show less