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Hi I'm R.J.

I am an honorably discharged Veteran from two branches of our United States military service. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a devoted husband and father. My professional focus encompasses the disciplines of Computer Science and Business Management with an emphasis on information storage technologies. My personal interests span across many outdoor activities such as golf, bicycling, camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. Some of my hobbies include martial arts, archery, target shooting, HAM radio, electronic kit projects and leather crafts.

Why I am a Mormon

During the early formative years of boyhood, I grew up in Ogden, Utah. I was baptized at the 18th Ward and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by my Great Grandfather. I am grateful for the love and nurturing that I received from my Great Grandparents and my Uncle and Auntie. The moral fibers that they wove into my character have helped me to choose the right paths throughout my life. In a short time following the joyous services of baptism and confirmation, I was subjected to family choices and circumstances that resulted in me to being taken away from the LDS faith at a very young age. I became exposed to many different cultures and religious beliefs over the course of my teenage years and well into my adulthood. Throughout all the years of experiencing many trials and tribulations, I never did let go of the wonderful gift that was bestowed upon me during the holy ordinance of confirmation. The promptings from the Holy Ghost have been a light to guide me out of many dark places and a shield to protect me during times of spiritual weakness in my life. I do believe that our Father in Heaven knows who I am and what I did before I came here. He chose the time and place for me to be born, so I can learn the lessons that I personally need and do the most good with my individual talents and personality. I am an active LDS member now. I was recently ordained a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood. I am very thankful for the many blessing that have been received by me and my family from the sacred priesthood authority. I believe in the truth of the atonement, the divinity of Jesus Christ and the restoration of his church and priesthood on Earth. I know that The Book of Mormon is another true testament of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I do so testify in his holy name. Amen.

How I live my faith

I do oversee our Family Home Evenings with prayer and teaching gospel lessons. Each member of my family enjoys sharing ownership of the different elements of our Family Home Evenings, such as choosing the theme, selecting a hymn to sing, teaching a gospel lesson topic, planning a fun activity and making yummy treats. I do volunteer to develop and maintain Websites that help promote public awareness of the challenges faced by our military Veterans and their families. All of those non-profit organizations are focused on raising funds to help benefit them in times of need.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

R.J.
Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness. The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

R.J.
The priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name. The same priesthood authority that existed in the original Church established by Jesus Christ exists in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. The Church is directed and led through this authority. All male members of the Church who are prepared receive the priesthood in order to help lead the Church and serve Heavenly Father’s children. A man with the priesthood might serve in some of the following ways: ■Leading congregations of the Church ■Performing the ordinances of the Church, such as baptism ■Blessing those who are sick God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness. Show more Show less