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Hi I'm Rod

I'm a husband, a father, a legislative analyst, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of three wonderful children and husband to my beautiful wife, whom I am even more madly in love with now than when we were married twelve years ago. I am a legislative analyst specializing in media relations for an firm that represents Arizona's counties with state and federal policymakers. My interests include history, politics, and sports, but most of all I love and enjoy spending time with my amazing family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, that they restored Their church to the earth through him, and that by living the commandments and precepts of this restored Gospel, we will be blessed and happy. I know that God speaks with a living prophet on the earth today, who stands as the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that following his counsel will bless us. I know that Jesus Christ is our savior, that he suffered and atoned for our sins, that he died for us, and that through his atonement, we can be saved. I know that the priesthood of God was restored through Joseph Smith, and that through this power, we can be sealed as families for eternity in temples. I know that God is our Heavenly Father, who loves us and cares for us.

How I live my faith

My faith affects all aspects of my life. My day begins and ends with prayer. My day includes scripture study, including the Bible and Book of Mormon. When I pray and read my scriptures each day, my life goes smoothly. My faith affects how I interact with those around me, including my family. I know that I will be with my wife for eternity--that we won't be seperated when we pass away. I know that my kids will be mine after this life as much as they are now. My relations with my associates at work are also important. I know that these people are sons and daughters of God, just like I am. I am privileged to work in my Church. I oversee teaching in my ward. Serving in the Church brings me great happiness. Sundays are full of teaching opportunities, assignments, meetings, and acts of service. Sundays for me are a holy day devoted to serving the Lord.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. It means knowing who we are (children of God), why we're here (to become more like Him), and where we're going (back to live with Him someday). Knowing these things means high expectations for how we act, how we conduct ourselves, what we do with our time, and what we do with His (Christ's) name. It also means being richly blessed with knowing the purpose of life and knowing that we can be togehter forever. We are, or should be, constantly striving to become more like Jesus. For me, that is challenging, but also much more rewarding than anything else I can do. Show more Show less