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Hi I'm Raleigh

The world calls me a Mormon, which to me signifies a deep, unwavering faith and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

About Me

I have been an attorney for 47 years, having graduated from law school and earned an MBA in New York City. However, I have always practiced in small towns. I enjoy helping those who cannot afford the prices lawyers usually charge. For most of the past 10 years I have spent much of my working time representing battered women in the Family Court. Now I am helping immigrant families comply with U.S. immigration laws. My life has been blessed with two wonderful wives (at different times), and six children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. I love to study ancient history, especially early Christian history, and the scriptures. I also serve as a staff member of the local Famiy History Center where I get to search information on the lives of my ancestors, and help others do the same.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a great heritage of affiliation with the LDS Church. All of my great-grandparents were early converts to the Church, so I have had the advantage of knowing of their faithful adherance to the Church despite hardships that we today can hardly imagine. However, I am a Mormon, not because of my parentage, but because the Holy Spirit tells me in no uncertain terms that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is truly THE Church of Jesus Christ, with all the doctrines and priesthood authority taught and held by the early Christian Church, and in fact taught and held by all the prophets and patriarchs mentioned in the Bible since the begining of mankind. The more I study the more I am convinced that there is no other Church in the world that believes and follows the doctrines taught in the Bible more completely than the Mormon church. But even with that study and knowledge, the real reason that I am a Mormon is because of the clear witness which comes to me continually from the Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

I am a Family History Consultant and Sunday School teacher in my local church unit. I have also served as a Family History missionary for two years in our Regional Family History Center. Earlier in my life I have served as a Scoutmaster (my most enjoyable and rewarding assignment), and many other callings working with youth and adults. I have been a Rotary Club member much of my working life, and have participated in choral groups in several towns where I have lived. In addition to being a scoutmaster, I have worked with the Scouting organization in many different capacities. I have also been an active member of my local political party. My goal in life is to help as many people in as many ways as I am able, so they can also have joy in this life and look forward to a brighter and happier future hereafter. I truly believe that Adam fell that man might be, and men are that they might have joy.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Raleigh
Mormons wholeheartedly accept the Bible as word of God, but differ from other Christian churches in that they believe God did not stop revealing His words to prophets when the early apostles died. However, they do agree with other Christian churches that when the apostles died there were no longer any prophets in the Mediterranean area who continued to receive scriptural revelations for the church. Mormons also are not so rigid as to believe there were no errors in transmitting the original writings of the Bible down to our time. But they do believe the original manuscripts are truly the word of God. There probably is no other church that believes and follows the Bible more closely and literally than Mormons. We love the Bible as well as all other scriptures which have been revealed through the prophets of God. Mormons believe the Saviors statement that we should live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (see Matthew 4:4). Mormons as well as most Christians believe that the works and words of God are endless. Therefore, Mormons do not believe that revelations from God through the Holy Spirit ended when the early apostles died. Mormons believe that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Bible is proof that for thousands of years God continually called prophets and gave revelations through them that became scripture. There is nothing in the Bible that tells us God would quit sending scriptural revelations around 100 AD. Show more Show less