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Hi I'm Roger Van Slyke

This is me: -Husband -Father of five -Mechanical Engineer -Basketball player -Jiu-Jitsu warrior

About Me

I was raised in Upstate New York by a mother who was 100% dedicated to her two sons and a father who is an alcoholic. My parents were separated for most of my youth and then divorced once I left for college. I was very blessed to have amazing church and scout leaders who were examples of succesful men in their professions and inside the walls of their homes. I was very blessed that I never had to struggle in school so I was always able to achieve my academic goals, which including graduating from Brigham Young University. I am a Mechanical Engineer by training. I graduated with a BS in ME from Brigham Young Universtiy in 2001. I served in the Navy for six years and then moved on to the civilian world. My wife and I have four kids who are as talented as they are challenging. We are expecting our fifth in March.

Why I am a Mormon

Due to her marital difficulties my Mom sought out a church that would help her raise her two boys. She was active in her congragationalist church at the time but felt like she needed a church that offered more. My aunt was a member of the LDS church so she invited my mom to call the missionaries. She did and was baptised soon after. I was three years old at this time so I don't remember the time before we went to the LDS church. As I grew up in the church I noticed that many of the members had a happiness that was lacking in most other homes and when members of the church came to visit us in our home I noticed that they brought a peace with them that I wanted in my home. As I went to friends homes who were members of the church and saw how their families functioned I decided that I wanted my future family to do the same. In High School I attended scripture study classes before school each day and for the first time in my life I began to study the scriptures including the Old and New Testaments and the Book of Mormon. As I did I realized that my faith in Christ had become rock solid. As I looked back I realized that this faith was as much a result of my studies in the Book of Mormon as it was with the Bible. The Book of Mormon brought me closer to Christ so I knew it was true. It, more than any other book, gave me the strength to overcome the temptations that surrounded me each day. The "Ahah" moments that the Holy GHost gave me while reading the book was another witness that it was true. Once I realized it was true my path was set. I went on a two year mission to Argentina and strived to do everythig I could to follow God's will that he provides us through the leaders of his church. That knowledge continues to guide me as I continue to overcome the evil influences that surround me.

How I live my faith

I try my best to do the right thing. Life is made up of decisions and when I reach a decision point I strive to choose the right, making the decision that would please God. I accept opportunities to serve in the church and try to fulfill them to the best of my ability. Together with my wife I try to teach my family gospel principles that will lead to happiness. I share my belief in our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ with my family and others who could receive strength from it. I try to make the welfare and happiness of my beautiful wife my first priority in life. When I fail to meet these ideals I repent. Sometimes I make poor decisions and sometimes I react before I can make a good decision. I then ask God for forgiveness and strength to do better. If I have hurt someone I try to correct the problem that my actions may have created. I try to be quick to say 'I'm sorry' and 'please forgive me', especially in my home. I try to get a little bit better each day.