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Hi I'm Roddy "Rusty"

I am a fourth generation Arizona native. I own a general contracting business. I love my wife and being a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up working on a farm in the heat of the Arizona sun. I no longer live on a farm, but I still love to grow as much as I can in our backyard. I grew up camping, hunting, and spending a lot of time outside. I am a family man. I love to spend time with my wife, especially traveling together. One of my favorite things to do is travel with my wife to places we have never been. I cherish my four children. We love to laugh together, often with each other over something small that happens. I love to spend time with each of them and look forward to each of our one-on-one “dates” we get to go on. Raising children is very difficult, but life would be so stale without them. I love building things, I always have. That is what led me opening our general contracting business. These are tough times for the construction industry and I often start before the sun comes up and work long into the night. I try to do the best I can to provide for the needs of my family and support them in all that I do. I served as a missionary in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I loved the people I served and miss them often. I graduated from Northern Arizona University and I am proud to say I am an Eagle Scout.

Why I am a Mormon

I am in awe when I look at the earth and the heavens. There is no way something so amazing, so beautiful, and so organized could be created by chance. It speaks to me that there is a God. That belief in a God leads to questions like, “Why are we on this earth?”, “What I am suppose to do here?”, and probably most important to me is, “How can I get back to that God?” I have found those answers through the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is where I can get answers to all my questions. I have always been a strong believer in strength of character, values, and morals. I know of no other institution where these are taught and practiced more fully. With all of that said, the most important reason I am Mormon is because I have received a divine witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church. I have knelt down and prayed to our Heavenly Father asking him if the Book Mormon is true, I have asked Him if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if he restored God’s church here upon the earth. I felt such a peace in my heart, and warming sensation come over me in answer to my prayer. I know that it was the Holy Ghost that God sent as a witness to me that these things were true.

How I live my faith

I strongly believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ must be a gospel of action. Words are great, but deeds are better. We must study and learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ by reading the words of the prophets. I believe we find those words in the Bible, both the Old and New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and even written testimonies from modern day prophets and apostles. I know of no better way to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ than through service. There are opportunities of service all around us including our own homes. I serve by visiting others to check on the well being, help strangers move into the community, help friends move out, volunteer to coach a youth soccer team, help with the local Boy Scouts of America program, visit people in the hospital, pick-up trash along the roads, help friends finish projects when they get in over their heads, and help around our house. Through service comes love and charity. I also strive to live my faith by maintaining the high standards they teach. I love my wife and she loves me. We have covenanted with each other and with our Heavenly Father to be faithful to each other. What a blessing that is for us and our children. In a world with crumbling morals, we strive to keep our feet on solid ground. Some consider it old fashion, but right is right. We are taught, “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men…If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” I know that I do not always make the right choices, by I am trying. I know that only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can overcome my weaknesses and become a better husband, better father, better friend, and a better neighbor.