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Hi I'm Russ

I work at a nuclear power plant, have a great family and am blessed to say that I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Idaho and lived on a farm when young. My family then moved to California where I graduated from High School in Livermore, CA. I went to BYU for a semester then left for a mission in Japan where I had the blessing to see many learn of the gospel of Jesus Christ and join the church. I then returned to BYU where I studied pre-med and Japanese. I did not get into medical school but did find a wonderful wife and started on a career in nuclear power that I have enjoyed. I went to Harvard for a Master's Degree and got to meet some wonderful people. I have worked in Idaho, Michigan and then 23 years ago came to Texas! I have a wonderful family that I dearly love. My wife Janet is my best friend. I have 5 wonderful children. Four who are still with us and one who died when he was five. His death was a terrible blow to us but with our knowledge of the Gospel and God's plan we survived the experience. All of our children have graduated from college and we are very proud of them. My hobbies include airplanes, computers and reading. I also love to go to Yellowstone Park and see the great natural wonders there. We have a cabin near Yellowstone where we hope to retire to some day soon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am first a Mormon because my parents and grandparents were Mormons. I am a 6th generation Mormon who's ancestors were Mormon pioneers. But more importantly I am a Mormon because I have knelt in prayer and have had the Holy Ghost confirm to my soul the the Church of Jesus Christ is true. I served a mission in Japan, a country without a Christian tradition. But I saw many join the church and be blessed for that. I remember a young man that we met who seemed very sad and depressed. As we taught him about the church he started to change. When he came to be baptized he looked totally different. There was a bright light in his eyes, he had a confident step and a smile on his face. His life had changed as he came to know that there is a God, that Jesus is the Christ and that God speaks to prophets in our day. I saw this happen many times and it strengthened my testimony of the Gospel. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a missionary and to share the gospel. I have also been blessed to be a father. There is no great blessing than to be married to a wonderful wife who loves me and who I love. One of my greatest blessings are five wonderful children. I have learned much as our children grew up. They taught me much about the Gospel. One of the great blessing I have is to be the father of an eternal family. My wife and I were married in the Provo Utah Temple. Because of that temple marriage I know that we will be a family forever. Our son who died is not gone from us forever. He is in Heaven waiting for us to join him with the time comes. He gives me great hope and desire to live worthy to be with him. I know the gospel is true. I have felt the Spirit testify to me many times of this. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God lives and loves us. That Jesus is our Savior and that the Holy Ghost testifies of them. I know that there is a living prophet on the earth who is inspired to know what we must do to return to our Father.

How I live my faith

I love to read the Scriptures and to learn about what our Father wants us to learn from them. I love to keep the commandments and try to become more like our Father in Heaven. I am by no means perfect, but I try to do the best that I can. I love to serve in the Church. I have been a missionary, a Bishop and a member of what we call the Stake Presidency. In the Stake Presidency is a Stake President who presides over the members of the church in a geographical area like a Catholic Diocese. He is assisted by two counselors and that is the position I had the opportunity to serve in for 10 years. During that time I met with our members in a large area of Texas. I got to feel of their strength and goodness. I also got to feel the Lord directing the affairs of His Church. I felt His Spirit many times as we struggled to know what we wanted us to do. I know that we were inspired to make decisions that we would not have made on our own. But as we followed that Spirit the Lord told us what we needed to do. As we did those things we were inspired to do the work moved forward and people's lives were blessed. One of my great joys is to work in the Temple to help with the ordinances that are performed there. The Temple truly is the House of the Lord. I feel his Spirit there often. It is wonderful to be separated from the world while in the temple and to feed the peace of the Lord there. The Gospel is the core and the anchor of my life. It is such a great blessing to me. I hope you too will come to know of its great truths and join us in the great service of the Lord