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Hi I'm Ronnie

I am a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having been born of honest, hardworking parents, it was easy for me to follow in their footsteps because of the example they set. I was also fortunate enough to marry someone who was raised by parents having those same qualities. Both sets of parents had very close ties with their families-both immediate and extended. My wife and I have tried to follow those same principles that were instilled in us as we raised our family. At this time, we are the parents of six, grandparents of 17 and grt-grandparents of three going on four. We have been involved in family enterprises all of our married life; from livestock and meat processing to landscape maintenance w/a plant nursery. In retirement, I'm finding a lot of enjoyment doing gardening and woodworking.

Why I am a Mormon

Seventy years ago I was born in PA. When I was about nine years old, my parents moved our family to AZ with the hope of improving my mother's health (it did). My family attended the Lutheran Church where I became an alter boy. As I grew older, I had a lot of questions about life: Where did we come from? Why are we here? What happens when we die? We had a pastor whom I really liked and I went to him for these answers. His response to my questions was: "These are not important questions and don't be concerned about them." During this time, I was dating my future wife who was a Mormon. As I went to church with her to be with her for a few more hours, I found my questions being discussed and answered. Wanting to know more I started going to Seminary as well. After graduating high school, I joined the National Guard and during my off time from basic training I started meeting with the missionaries. After being married and discharged from the Guard, we once again settled in AZ where I began missionary lessons again. I have always been a Christian, but the life of Joseph Smith and the importance of The Book of Mormon as a second witness to Jesus Christ has strengthened my testimony and understanding as to my life's purpose.

How I live my faith

Being brought up in a good christian home, my parents were apprehensive when I started investigating the LDS church. When they found I was sincere about studying and learning about mormonism they relaxed and trusted my feelings and judgments. I married a mormon girl and eventually converted and was baptized. My family became very supportive, attending every blessing, baptism and missionary farewell. While serving two stake missions in our local area, I became one of the "answerers" instead of one of the "questioners". I found my own understanding and testimony of the principles and ordinances of the mormon faith growing ever stronger. An uncle of mine, who was a pastor, visited many years ago. Taking him to see the Mesa Temple we entered the visitor's center and focused on the larger than life statue of Jesus and said that "Jesus Christ was at the head of our church". Returning home he told family members he was "surprised" that Mormons were Christians. In later years my wife and I were called to serve a mission at the Mesa Family History Center. After learning the "how to's" of genealogy research, we worked with patrons helping them find their ancestors. Several months into our mission I was called to be the Center's director. During those years I had some very enjoyable and satisfying times, mainly due to the dedication and spirit of all who walked through the doors. My wife and I then served as family history advisers in areas of the Southwest. We traveled many miles giving genealogy workshops and speaking with many on the purpose of linking our family generations together. Before my dad passed on, we had the chance to work together sorting out and linking our ancestors. We spent many hours completely absorbed in our efforts. We both loved it--I'll never forget it. I've been blessed to have my wife as my partner in our home, in our business and in many of our church assignments. We are looking forward to serving together once again.