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Hi I'm Ray

I am a fun loving person who enjoys taking hikes with my family and seeing what is over the next hill. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 18 years old. I was introduced to the Church by wonderful friends who were great examples to me. I read the Book of Mormon three times before I joined the Church and it is my favorite book in my library. I enjoy hiking with my family, fishing with my four sons,watching classic movies with my wife, and reading historical fiction and western books. As mentioned before, I have four boys and my wife and I have been married for 17 years. As a family, we enjoy traveling, especially to Disneyland, and going to the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

While in high school I met great people who were wonderful examples in my classes and on my cross country team. They were members of the church and I was drawn to their goodness and their desire to make good choices. These friends were always positive and happy. One night I was invited to one of these friend's home for dinner and the missionaries were there and we began to talk about religion. At first I was hesitant, but once again they were full of so much hope and I agreed to listen at a later time. A few weeks later I met with the missionaries at my friend's home and they were able to answer my questions. During our second visit, a week later, we talked about the Plan of Salvation and it was very comforting. At this time in my life, I was struggling with the death of my grandfather who died of cancer the year before and my other grandfather was very ill with cancer. I was missing my grandfather, and feared that I would never see him again. When I studied the Plan of Salvation I felt comforted with the knowledge that I could have an eternal family. During these meetings, my friends highlighted verses in the Book of Mormon and I grew to love these verses; so I decided to read the entire book. Well, I read it prior to being baptized because I enjoyed the peace and comfort that it gave me. Now 19 years later, I still read the Book of Mormon daily and learn something new every time. Since my baptism, I have learned to recognize the love that my Heavenly Father has for me and I strive to make good decisions. I am grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ, I know He atoned for all of my shortcomings and weaknesses and it gives me such hope that I can continue to be a little better everyday. I am grateful for the prophet Joseph Smith and the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have temples that allow families to be eternal and that gives me so much comfort and hope.

How I live my faith

Service in the community and in the Church has allowed me to see such goodness in people and the love that our Heavenly Father has for each of us. I get to witness the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ and see its healing power daily. Working with the youth of the Church has been very exciting and has kept me young. They come to church and activities with such good attitudes and poise. You can tell that they enjoy being around one another and serving in their schools and community. Each of these youth has different talents and abilities, but together they have so much fun and love one another and it is so refreshing to witness that. These youth are leaders in their classes at school because they are full of so much hope and energy. They know who they are and that they are loved and that gives them so much confidence to make good choices. By serving on community boards I have gotten to know wonderful people in the community who are not of my faith but are just as committed in keeping our neighborhood safe for our kids. We have organized events a couple times a year to maintain our community trails, maintain parks, and help with our community fair. These opportunities have given me such an appreciation and love for the community. It has been fun to witness the concern that members of our ward have for their neighbors and how they would do anything for them. I consider that one of the greatest joys of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.