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Hi I'm Rodney

I'm a dad and a husband, I love the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Redmond, Washington but before moving there when I was 8 I lived in Utah, Washington, Southern California, Connecticut, Texas, Kentucky, and Northern California. I went to college at Brigham Young University and served a mission for the church in Cleveland, OH. In 1995 I married my sweetheart and we have four wonderful kids, although our oldest passed away in 2007. I work for a technology company in Finance. I love spending my free time with my family. We enjoy hiking, biking, and snow skiing together. We recently 'added' to our family when we brought home two Siberian Husky puppies. I really enjoy being in the snow - skiing and mountain climbing. I try and get some kind of exercise every day. My most favorite thing though is coming home at the end of the day and being able to spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for two reasons. The first is that I've prayed about it. My prayer was answered and Heavenly Father told me it is right. Knowing I've received that answer inspires me to live my life in a way that pleases Him. The second reason I'm a Mormon is that as I've tried to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, I've always been blessed. Sometimes those blessings are pretty obvious - in particular when life is going well. Other times - particularly when life is more challenging - the blessings come after enduring the difficult times. That was most evident in my life when our daughter passed away. It was (and continues to be) very difficult. But I've also been blessed in that trial. I was blessed to have such a wonderful and amazing daughter to begin with. I've been blessed because of what she taught me as my daughter. I've been blessed knowing that she is with Heavenly Father now. Most importantly though, I've been blessed because in the most difficult times, I've felt the love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that has made her passing more easy to endure. There area lot of other reasons I am and enjoy being a Mormon. I believe the principles that Christ taught are the best starting point for my wife and I to teach our kids how to live a good life. I get to associate with some fantastic people that share a common set of values. I have opportunities to serve others, and that brings the love of Christ into my life. I can always learn new things as I study Christ's life and read the scriptures. There is a Prophet of God here on the earth today that leads the church. Listening to Him and other leaders provides specific counsel for the world we live in. All these things make me happy and make my life better.

How I live my faith

Our family scripture is, "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not," and I really try to live that. In church right now I have the opportunity to visit with all the members in our congregation. This is a great chance for me to hear about all the inspiring stories they have about living the gospel of Jesus Christ. It also gives me a chance to share with them what I believe, particularly when they might be going through a difficult time. As they hear that, I know they feel closer to God and feeling closer to Him has helped them overcome their challenges. Outside of church, I try to let my actions reflect my beliefs. I'm an assistant coach on my son's soccer team. I try to set a good example of sportsmanship, hard work, and passion for what you do. At work I endeavor to treat everyone with respect and kindness. I try to make sure my actions and speech reflect my belief in God. I work hard and care about doing the right thing, even if it is the difficult thing. At home, more than anything, I want my kids to know I believe in Jesus Christ because of the way I act and the things I say. I want my home to be filled with His spirit so when they're going through a tough time they can always find peace and comfort when they're home.