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Hi I'm Ray Absher

I discovered at an early age that I really like to eat, so I have spent my adult life selling food. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the President of TOBA, Inc. We operate five small food distribution and manufacturing companies in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. I have been married to the same woman for 41 years. We have six children and 14 grandchildren. I earned a business management degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA at the University of Wyoming. We are avid BYU fans and big time Nebraska Cornhusker fans. I played competitive basketball and softball into my 50's in rec and church leagues, and still play tennis and golf on a regular basis. I have been a Rotarian for 20 years and am president elect of my local Rotary club for 2012-2013. I served on the board of directors of Grand Island Little Theater for eight years although I have never acted in nor directed a play. (My wife made me do it) I am an Eagle Scout and serve on the board of the Overland Trails Council in Nebraska.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the faith of my ancestors and the example and encouragement of good parents, especially my Mother who did everything within her power to make sure I was in the right place at the right time. I am a Mormon because it works. The Church provided invaluable strength and structure to our marriage as well as for helping our children grow into productive, stable, and happy adults. The Church has great leaders who lead by precept and example. My faith in God brings strength and peace to my life in the challenging and often troubled world in which we live. I have studied extensively the teachings and dogma of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and found them to make sense, while providing answers to life's most intriguing and difficult questions. Through study and prayer, I have received a personal witness to their truthfulness. Being an active member of the Mormon Church is the best way I know to be happy in this life and to provide meaningful service to others.

How I live my faith

For many years I best lived my faith as a good husband and by trying to be the best Father I knew how to be to my children. I spent several years as a Cubmaster and a Scoutmaster, and even learned to enjoy camping in the snow. During my adult life, I have visited countless families and individuals in their homes to provide help and support to them. I learned to speak Spanish as a missionary in Colombia and Venezuela many years ago; and for the past ten years, I have served as the Brand President of a Spanish speaking unit of the Church in Grand Island. This assignment has been challenging, frustrating, and often demanding, but utimately it has been a great blessing in my life and very rewarding.