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Hi I'm Rod

I was 50 yrs old when I joined The Church, I wish I would have found my way here sooner. I ski, I fly airplanes and, I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a Mortgage Banker, I was a ski instructor so now I teach my grandsons how to ski, I am a Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim 43 mile endurance hiker, I am a Pilot, I own my own airplane and I love to go 200 mph thru the clouds, I am a proud Father, I am a young Grandfather, I am still learning how to be the best little sunflower of a Husband to my Wife. This Church and its teachings have helped me become a better person, and gives me reason to continue to be better everyday, better than the last and even better tomorrow.

Why I am a Mormon

It seems as if everyone wants to know what the pivotal moment was, I had become quite good at a short funny story, just picture 4 missionaries chasing me down a trail on their mountain bikes. However I am too hard headed and was 50 years old when I became a member of this Church to suddenly allow the light to be turned on and to let faith flow in like a large wave. I had met with the Missionaries and had studied the Book of Mormon and the Bible for almost two years when our Son died, our Son who had first invited the Ward Missionary over to challenge me to learn about The Church. Did God help our Son to prepare me and my wife for the time when he would pass away? There are but a few times in this life that you hear the trumpet of God it should not be ignored. I do know and remember with great clarity those times when I felt the Holy Ghost testify to me the truth. I Know the Holy Spirit testified to me revelations I needed and answers I was seeking. You know when you have been taught by the Holy Spirit of God it becomes a indelible imprint in your memory The earliest times were when the Missionaries and the Ward Mission Leader were teaching me the lesson in the Chapel at the table were the sacrament is prepared and blessed (Indelibly imprinted in my mind the darkness of the half lit chapel the message that Jesus died for us), that day these Missionaries had the power to teach by the Holy Spirit The night the two sister missionaries came to my house and sang a beautiful hymn for me that brought tears to my eyes, The Sister Missionaries softened my heart and sang with the power of the Holy Ghost. However conversion does not stop at the time you agree to be baptized I remember when I was baptised coming up out of the water and seeing children quiet, interested , with smiles, sitting or laying down just on the edge of the baptismal font, little angels, smiling their approval

How I live my faith

I help people trace their genealogy and discover their ancestors so that they may understand that families are eternal and all will be reunited in heaven. Sunday is now the best day of the week for me, I remember when I would waste Sundays with trivial pursuits and interests. Now it becomes the day to come closer to our Savior Jesus Christ which then leads to being closer as a family. I can testify that God and Heaven exists as I was taught by the power of the Holy Spirit when I went to the Temple for the first time and after passing thrugh the veil I saw my lovely wife was waiting for me and tears flowed from my eyes as I looked at her and knew that she would be there in heaven waiting for me. Heaven does exist and God exists. Your family will be waiting to greet you when you make it to Heaven.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. His birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the many prophecies contained in the scriptures concerning the coming of a Savior. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge (see Isaiah 9:6, 53:3-7; Psalms 22:16-18). Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2). When Jesus lived on the earth (approximately 2,000 years ago), He led a perfect life. He taught by word and example how people should live in love of God and others. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross—that is, by performing the Atonement —Jesus Christ saves us from our sins (1 Peter 2:21) as we follow Him. Because of the Atonement, you can be forgiven of your sins when you sincerely repent (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:30). Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saved us from death. Because He overcame death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection, that is to say our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies (Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:22). When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will be the final Judge (Acts 17:31; John 5:21-22; Acts 10:42). Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), said: “We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.” Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

In 1838, Joseph Smith was told in a revelation that the Church should be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Doctrine and Covenants 115:4). The Church has been known by that name since that time. Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has emphasized the Church’s correct name, saying: “We believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. The official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and He is the central figure in all of our worship. “The Church carries the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world. It is His name by which this Church is officially called. “As for the term Latter-day Saints, members of the Christian Church anciently were called Saints (see Acts 9:32, Ephesians 2:19, Philippians 1:1). They were former-day Saints. We are the Latter-day Saints. It is that simple. “We are frequently called Mormons. It is a nickname given us because we believe in the Book of Mormon as the word of God, a book which goes hand in hand with the Bible, becoming a second witness for Jesus Christ.” Show more Show less