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Hi I'm Ray

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Fresno, California and I am the youngest of 8 children being born 5 minutes after my twin brother. I’ve been a member of the Mormon church since my baptism at 8 years old and have been an active member all my life. As a youth I enjoyed playing church sponsored sports in basketball, softball, volleyball, and flag football. I grew up loving the outdoors and still enjoy fly fishing and hunting when I have time. I served a mission to the South Island of New Zealand at 19 years of age. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Kim for 32 years and we have 4 children and 8 grandchildren with 2 on the way. We live in Arizona where I work for The Boeing Company as a Manufacturing Engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I do have to thank my parents partially for the testimony I have of Jesus Christ. At a young age I asked a lot of questions about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Church meetings can often be long for someone in their formative years. I remember my Father telling me between church sessions one Sunday about how this man in the Book of Mormon (Nephi) listened to the spirit and obtained brass plates (Words of The Old Testament) that God wanted their family to have. The story stuck with me. I also remember my Dad serving and honoring his priesthood when I was very young and can remember when he was nearly 90 him getting dressed in his suit and waiting nearly two hours for his companion to pick him up to go visit members. I’ve tried to follow this example of service. I have always felt that Heavenly Father would answer my prayers because my mother’s prayers were honored in my behalf when she prayed: “look after my children, help them to choose the right friends”. I consider lessons I have learned from them valuable and try to pass them on to others. My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes from continued scripture study, service, and prayer. Trials in my life have helped me to better understand and appreciate the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I find answers to life’s questions through continual revelation from prophets and apostles. But mostly the feeling of peace I get inside as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the reason I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith according to the scriptures. I believe in one God one Faith and one Baptism and that God does not deviate from paths he has set over time. He is the same yesterday today and forever. Even though I fall way short that kind of consistency (sameness) that Christ had that is what I strive for. I know that unless I live my faith by having my daily walk with Christ I cannot invite him into my home or my heart. Thus my faith is only real if I do the small things on a daily basis that make that happen. Out of small things proceed that which is great so reading the scriptures and having daily prayer help me to develop my relationship with Christ. By doing these things my faith in Christ becomes real. The gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Mormon faith is a gospel of faith and works. It develops faith by works. It works the person from the inside out so they can make a difference in their own life and in others lives. I am honored to serve without pay in trying to make a difference in others lives by teaching, counseling and participating in organization of church events. This service increases my love for others and of God. I am grateful for my knowledge of a caring and loving God. I’m very thankful for the life of Jesus Christ for his example and teachings. I’m also divinely thankful that he came to this earth to suffer for the pains and sins of this generation so that we might be lifted up in our own sorrows and be given the gift of repentance and forgiveness through his atonement. I invite you to “come and see” bring what you have in your faith and add to it.