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Hi I'm Russ

I'm a Native Texan. The son of a U.S. soldier. A proud dad. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of four children and the husband of a great woman. They mean everything to me. I've spent my career in the media working for news and sports outlets in the western U.S. I love to wakeboard with Lake Powell being one of my favorite places in the world to spend time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Mormon Church has made me a better person and given my life more meaning than it would have had otherwise. I believe strongly in the teachings of Jesus Christ and I'm striving to incorporate them more in my daily life. I'm far from perfect but I'm doing my best to be the best husband, father, and son possible. The Mormon Church has been a huge help to me in trying to accomplish those goals.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day in how I treat those around me. I try to view them as the Savior would view them. I try to spend my time on the things that matter most. I try to use all the things God has blessed me with to help others. I believe this life is a test. It's a test to see if we can tune out the noise and distractions of the world and overcome selfish desires and instead spend our time and energy lifting others. I've got a long way to go before I live my faith perfectly every day. But, I'm determined to keep getting better at it.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Russ
Joseph Smith was a young man raised on the east coast of the United States in the 1800s. Like many of us, there came a time in his life when he was confused about religion and whether God really existed and answered prayers. As a teenager, he decided to put God to the test. He found a private place in a grove of trees near his family's small home and he knelt down and poured his heart out to God. What happened next changed his life and millions of other lives forever. God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, his son, appeared to Joseph. What they said and what happened in the years to follow is the foundation of the LDS Church. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Russ
This is one of the doctrines of the LDS Church which sets it apart from many other religions and it's one that makes the most sense to me. I do not believe that God thought it was important to have a prophet on the earth during the time of Moses, Noah, or Abraham but doesn't think we need one today. If there was ever a time we needed someone on the earth who spoke directly with God and had stewardship over his church that time is now. So, the answer to the question is Yes. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Russ
Not only do we believe the Bible is the word of God, we are encouraged to read from it daily. Mormon church services center on the teachings of the Bible. We study it. We seek to draw closer to Jesus Christ by reading about him and his teachings in it. Show more Show less