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Hi I'm Ron

I'm Texan, born and raised, but I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints through and through.

About Me

I love doing things with my hands. The old phrase, "jack of all trades, master of none" describes me all too well. I enjoy working on project cars, working with wood, building, golfing, scuba diving, boating/wakeboarding, cheering my children on in sports and concerts. I have a passion for life and enjoying the wide variety of entertainment that exists at every turn in this life. But, I truly enjoy doing more than watching. I can work totally alone or be surrounded by a throng of people, but I must confess that my very most favorite thing to do of all, is anything with my wife by my side. She might tell you differently as we are many times forced to divide and conquer with our large family, or when she loses me to a service project I feel compelled to perform. There truly is not enough time in the day to do everything I enjoy, so I have had a couple of project cars waiting very patiently to receive my attention. I have more projects to do than I can possibly get done in this lifetime because I spend a major portion of my free time doing things with my wife and children, and I wouldn't have it any other way. One day I hope to be able to restore a '65 to '68 Mustang fastback, but even if that never happens, life is good, and I'm so blessed to have all that I do.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people may call me a Mormon, but I prefer to be called a Latter-Day Saint. This comes from the name of the church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I feel that the name saint implies that I am a follower of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Even though I was born into the church, I like any strong member of our faith had to go through a personal conversion, not to an ideology, but a changing of the heart to answer the call of the Savior to "come, follow me". He extended that call to His disciples long ago, and I still hear and strive daily to live by that call today. In my youth, I questioned much about the church and strayed from the gospel. That behavior brought me great anguish and suffering over time, not from the church or it's members, rather a pain that comes from heeding the call of the world. As I matured, and considered marrying and raising a family, I knew I wanted to have a house centered on our Heavenly Father and a loving and forgiving Savior who heals all wounds. I then immersed myself in deep meditative prayer and scripture study, and came to know for myself that the Savior in fact restored the fullness of the gospel to the earth through a modern prophet. Now, years later, with a lovely wife and 6 children, together we bask in the knowledge that our Savior not only lives, but that He still redeems us from our failures this very day, and every day, as we turn our hearts to Him. Of all the wealth I possess, none brings me or my family greater joy than a sure knowledge that we are sons and daughters of a living and very active Father in Heaven, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and that witness is born to us regularly through the Spirit, who testifies of Their divinity and love.

How I live my faith

I am a partner in a business with many employees and a community of customers or future potential customers. Before that I was a high school teacher. In all of the varied jobs I have worked, I have viewed people the same whether the employer, the employee, the provider of service or the receiver. I make every effort to treat all with equity. I pray regularly that I may see all through Heavenly Father's eyes, and then I strive with all my might to treat them from that perspective. In the church I have held a wide variety of callings, again from simple to very complex, from a care provider and teacher in the nursery, to a counselor to a bishop. My greatest personal joy has been in assignments where I have worked with the children and youth of the church. I believe I understand why the Savior Himself enjoyed spending time with the little children, and even lovingly rebuked His disciples when they tried to keep the children from "bothering" the Savior. In the community I have served as a coach or assistant coach to many soccer teams. I regularly look for and find opportunities to serve where I can, how I can. In all of the varied jobs, communities, and organizations to which I have belonged and in which I have served one thread binds all together, I am a son of God working with and among His precious children. I would lie if I said I don't have to occasionally remind myself that some of the more difficult people I have encountered are still God's children. But, I face each and every day with a determined resolve to be the best that I can be, and help others to be their very best, a concept very familiar to my family as my wife and I teach our children these same principles daily. Faith in God doesn't happen only on Sundays, it happens with each breath we draw no matter where we are or what we are doing.