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Hi I'm Ray

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Pennsylvania. I've lived in the Pacific Northwest with my family for the past 18 years.

About Me

I'm married of 19 years. I have a daugther age 16 and sophomore in High School. She is involved in the dance team. My son is 12. He is an active member of the local Boy Scout troop. He is in the 6th grade at the local elementary school. He is also in choir at school. I have worked for the state of Washington for the past 15 years doing facilities work. I'm a full time student working on a Bachelors degree in Science Management. I graduate in June of 2012. I'm thinking on continuing on with a Mastters in Business administration. I have two other part-time jobs. I deliver newspapers in the morning, and I work as a removal tech for a local funeral home. I'm the assistant scout master for our local troop. I enjoy spending time with my family in the outdoors. I played baseball for 8 years when I was younger. I enjoy playing softball and most other sports. When I was attending Ricks College some years ago, I had the opportunity to sing in a choir that went to sing at General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I was bapized at 8 years of age. What a joyous day this was for me. It was over 35 years ago, but I remember the feeling I had when I came up out of the water after being baptized. My parents weren't active members in the church while I was growing up. My aunt and grandparents were my support as far as the church was concerned. I am eternally grateful for the support they gave me while I was growing up. I also had many church leaders who were there to pick me up when I needed the support to continue on this journey we call life. When I started my high school years, I attended an early morning seminary class. This was a wonderful experience for me. I had the opportunity to study the scriptures and get better acquainted with them. It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I fully understood why I was supposed to gain a better knowledge of the scriptures. My seminary teacher for my senior year recommended I read the Book of Mormon the entire way through during the school year. I took the challenge and began the pursuit. Upon completion, I got on my knees and asked my Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true. I had an overwhelming feeling come over me, that the book was true. I knew at that point, I had a great work to do. I was to share this belief with others. I served a full-time misison for the church in the California Sacramento Mission. I was able to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to see people's lifes change for the better as the converted to the church. Upon completing my mssionary service, I was married in the Washington D.C. Temple to my eternal companion in 1992. In 1995 my beautiful daughter was born. In 1999 my son was born and our family was complete. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Joseph Smith did indeed see God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I know we are led by a living prophet today, even Thomas S. Monson. The Gospel makes me happy and is a way of life.

How I live my faith

I've served in many positions in the church. I was a leader of a group of men in our ward. I was a financial secretary, I also served as a clerk within our ward. I currently serve as the assistant scout master for our Boy Scout troop. I'm assigned to visit 3 to 4 families each month. I have a great love for these families. I consider them to be good friends. I also prepare a gospel mesage each Sunday to present to the 12 and 13 age boys. I thoroughly enjoy working around the youth in our church. I realize that they will be some of the leaders of church someday. In 2007 the Pacific Northwest went through some flooding. Several hundred members of the church rolled up their sleeves and went to work to assist these people. What a wonderful way to help those who live in the community. It is when I'm serving my fellow men, that I'm the happiest. These people weren't necessarily members of our church. I'm one of few members of the church at my current employer. I try to live my life by my example. My co-workers ask questions on ocassion about the gospel. A quote that was given to me while serving a mission for our church is found in the second book of Timothy in the Bible. I try to keep this a part of my life. It says: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. I hope that this can be a continual motto for my life.