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Hi I'm Rod.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired teacher and counselor. My wife and I met at Brigham Young University and have three children and eight grandchildren. My wife is in a wheelchair due to problems with a back surgery. We also have our daughter and granddaughter living with us. We enjoy our family and like to travel, but have not done so since my wife's surgery.

Why I am a Mormon

I went to a protestant church as a youngster and learned a lot about the Bible. But something was missing. When I was 13, I stopped attending. Six years later, a friend took me to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Unexpectedly, I felt something different there. A short time later, I was invited to take missionary lessons. There was not pressure or coercion. Everything was left up to me. I was invited to pray and ask of the Church was true and if what the missionaries had taught me was correct. I don't know what I expected, but shortly an answer came. It was very power and real. I wanted to do what my Heavenly Father wanted me to do. Within two years, I served a mission for the Church and was able to share with others what I had received. After returning home, I met my wife and finished my education. I have raised a family according to the teachings and standards of the Church. Each of our children is a mature, responsible adult. Each contributes much to their community. We are unified and have common goals and interests. We are not perfect, but the Church has enhanced our lives and made us better people. My father was a newspaper reporter for a period of his life. As I result, I have been taught to question everything and not take things on face value. As I result, I have examined the Mormon Church from all angles. I have a testimony of the Spirit. I know the Church is the true Church because of an answer to prayer and a number of spiritual experiences. I also have an intellectual testimony of the Church. I have studied it inside and out. it is what it says it is. In my opinion, it is the greatest movement for good in the world today.

How I live my faith

I believe in service. When one has been given much, one feels the motivation to give back. I have served in many ways in and out of the Church. I want to help make the lives of others better. The Church can do that and my chosen field, education, can do that. Both are a manifestation of who I am and what I believe. I have served a bishop (minister) in one of our congregations. Like the disciples of old, this was done without any financial compensation. It was a joy and a blessing to touch the lives of others and to have others touch my life. I believe that serving others is better than watching TV, going to a ball game or having nice possessions. It is not that I am against those things or never do them, service is just more gratifying.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The husband and the wife are to act as partners with neither dictating to the other. Each has important roles in the family. The most important role is to teach their children responsibility and correct principles. I was a certified school counselor for 20 years. With years of training and experience, I have found the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give parents a solid foundation and the greatest opportunity to raise children who will grow to make outstanding contributions to society. Show more Show less