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Hi I'm Ray

I grew up in Southern California; I've lived in Washington for 30 years. I've sold life insurance for 39 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to the same wonderful lady (an Ovarian cancer survivor) for 40+ years; we have 8 married children and 25 grandchildren. I've been in the financial services profession for 39 years--estate, financial, and retirement income preservation, combining 15 years in said profession in management, with men and women from various walks of life. I speak spanish (with an Argentine accent). I like to talk to people, most anyone--friend or complete stranger; converse with them about their life. I think most people are good. I enjoy my assocition with the youth; I've taught high school students, in an early morning religion classs setting, for 26 years. I have a very loud voice; I am comfortable with public speaking. I not only laugh easy, I easily make other people laugh, too...with lots of good and appropriate jokes and stories. People either like me or they don't; not many in between. It's a great to be alive during this time in history.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 11 1/2 years old. I have always remained active in my faith, and my wife and I raised all the children with the same beliefs. Altouhgh my father never embraced the Mormon faith, and my mother was not an active participant, they gave me the "okay" to serve as a missionary when I turned 19; which I did in Argentina. My wife and I, from the begining of our marriage, believed that consistent daily prayers as a family, including daily reading from the Scriptures--as a family, and a one-night-each-week gathering together as a family would pay rich dividends....and it has. Compliance was expected in the early years of rearing our children; it was easy, we did it together. However, as time marched on, each child needed to decide their own path to follow. Example is always the best teacher; everyone would rather see a sermon, than hear one. Fortunately, from our belief structure, we are so very pleased that all 8 have married well, in a Mormon Temple, and are following in the same path of their years at home... they have also come to know is one that will bring eternal happiness.

How I live my faith

To re-emphasize the above comment, anyone would rather see a sermon, than hear one. As any person who loves the Lord, or their belief of a Supreme Being, tries to live according to their beliefs--so do I. Like many people in the world, I read the Scriptures every day. I also spend time in prayer each day, by myself and with my wife, thanking my Heavenly Father for the many blessings my family and I have received. Of course, I plead for what I hope are righteous desires of my heart:for me, my family, my friends and all who are in need of God's help, including the down trodden of the world. I, too, try to show my thanks to Him, by my service to humankind. I have consistently, and directly, been involved with the "youth" for over 40 years. I have made monthly visits to adult members of my Church for over 45 years. I have taught adult Sunday School classes for over 10 years. I served as a Bishop in my Church of a congregation of 400+ people (like a Pastor or Minister) for over 5 years, as well as in many other Church leadership positions and councils. All of this service was done without me receiving any financial compensation of any kind--as it is with all such callings in our Church, whether it be by male or female who render such service. I've participated in community blood drives, community "clean up's", soup kitchen's, and many other organized projects designed to help out those in need of assistance. Monthly I fast (go without food and water, for 24 hours, partially in order to marginally feel the discomfort of those in need and want of food) and then anonymously donate money, which is used to help those who are in need of assistance. I mention none of this to suggest I am better than anyone else, but only to attempt to express to you that I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe He died for all humankind, and was literally Resurrected. I believe that through His grace, and my good works, I can one day enjoy the blessings that await the faithful.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

The Bible is the word of God. It is Holy Scripture; Doctrine taught by Jesus, and His Apostles, shortly after His Resurrection, in the old world. Much of what they taught was later recorded in what we now refer to as the Holy Bible. We do believe it to be the word of God to us, God's children, even today. We, also, believe that Jesus taught the people, here in what is often referred to as the new world, the same doctrine, which was also recorded and now appears in a volume of Scripture we refer to as the Book of Mormon. To discount the Book of Mormon, without reading it, suggest the Lord never talked to more than those in the old world. Did He not love the people here the same? As a lady told me some 20 years ago, after she began to read the Book of Mormon ( having read the Bible many times), "This is the same spirit I have felt while reading the Bible". She knew, and felt, right away of its truthfulness. After reading the Bible, or at least the New Testament, why not see if you, too, do not feel that same spirit when you begin reading the Book of Mormon. The most you can lose is a little bit of time; what is the downside of that? Show more Show less