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Hi I'm Tony Ross

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

We live in a beautiful area, out in the forest, on an acre of ground, in the Pacific Northwest. I am the father of eight wonderful children. I know that this is very unusual these days but I am happy that each of them are a part of our family. I have an amazing wife. Four of our children have graduated from college and have been married the temple for all eternity, one is in college, one is out on his own and working, and two are still living at home. Our children have brought us great joy a fullness of life, some have also brought us at times great concern and the need for earnest prayer. We live a very busy life with high school football and Lacrosse and middle school choir. We have five grandchildren all living in our area. We love spending time with them. We enjoy touring and camping in our motorhome often with our married children and grandchildren. We enjoy water sports with our boat on our local lake. I love to hike and backpack in the mountains and on the coast in our beautiful area. I have backpacked the 95 miles around Mt Rainer three times and have backpacked much of the Pacific Crest trail in Washington. I have worked in the Boy Scouts and three of our boys are Eagle Schools. I work as the CFO of a large seafood company with my office on the water. This summer I waterskied to work a couple of time. We have a 96 year old grandmother that lives on her own near us. We have a family dinner with her each Sunday. We love her and learn from her wisdom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I learned as a young person the basic principles of the gospel, including faith in Jesus Christ and love and service for one another. I had many leadership opportunities as I grew up. After high school I served a mission in Brisbane Australia. Although my mission was challenging it was a time when my testimony of the gospel developed. I read the Book of Mormon and memorized many of the important scriptures. My testimony of the Book of Mormon has grown from that time forward as I have read it many times. I love reading Book of Mormon. On my mission I was able to teach many people about the church. Many times as I was teaching I felt the spirit testifying to me, and to those I was teaching the truth of the gospel. In my youth I learned God’s plan of salvation for us. I learned that we lived with God before we came to earth, we came to earth to get our physical bodies and to be tested, and that when we die we will live again with our Heaven Father as families. This principle resonated with those that I taught. Last year I made a trip back to Australia. The trip brought back many memories of that wonderful experience. When I returned from my mission I went to school at BYU Utah where I met my wife. As we started our marriage and family it was important to us that we had the church in our life to help us raise our children. We have found the church very helpful in the process of raising our children. They like I, were taught the basic principles of the gospel in their Primary and Sunday school classes. These principles have helped each of our children to become better people. Our children have learned to serve others and have felt the joy of serve. They have learned to lead by accepting church opportunities to serve and lead. Our boys have been involved in the scouting program and our girls in young woman’s program. These programs have helped them get through the difficult teenage years.

How I live my faith

For the past 15 years I have been very involved in the youth programs including their Sunday meetings and weekly Scout meetings. I have been able to teach them religious principles on Sunday and Scouting principles during the week. We have backpacked, canoed and rafted on many exciting adventures. I have found this work to be very rewarding. I have watched these youth develop into wonderful young men. I have had my boys involve with me through this time. For three years I served in the leadership of our congregation. Although I felt very inadequate in taking on this responsibility, it was a great learning experience for me. I learned to conduct the meetings for the full congregation and I developed a greater love for the people. Recently, I was asked to move from the youth programs to help care for the older members, widows and single women in our congregation. It was sad to leave the youth programs I had worked in for so long but I soon learned that I could be helpful with this group of people as well. I lead a group of priesthood men that care for this part of our congregation. They make at least monthly visits to the homes of these people. We organize serve projects to help with their yards. We help people move. We help them with their finances. We make sure that everyone has enough food and any other help that they need. We have moved people into rest homes. We have helped people in their last days. We have helped people find employment. We have cut wood from one widow’s yard and delivered it to another widow’s house that uses wood to heat her home. We have worked with new members of the church learn more about the gospel and have helped them to fit into our church family. Recently we participated in the national day of service. We along with the youth collected food for the homeless in our local community. Through these experiences I have learned the great joy that comes from serving others.