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Hi I'm Ray

I am a farm-boy from Idaho. I am a proud new father. I love the adventure called life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life consists of family, church, work, hobbies and really that's about it. I've been married almost 3 years and we just had the coolest little boy a few months ago - what a game-changer! I love being a dad a ton and can tell that its only going to get better as time goes on. After high school, I moved to Thailand for 2 years to be a missionary and then returned to the US to study Economics and Asia; then returned to live in Beijing for a year. I then worked as a strategy consultant for a few years in Boston before returning to get an MBA. I am now a leader at a large healthcare firm and have a blast at my job. Because I work with my head for employment, i enjoy working with my hands and have loved doing my own house projects. My wife and I purchased a house a couple years ago that needed some TLC and so we have been chipping away at remodeling on our nights and weekends. I'm happy that we just finished a couple months ago and now all we need is to buy one more couch. I'm lucky that I have a father-in-law who has a great shop and so we have made some cool stuff together like a table, mantle, and cradle. Someday I want my own nice shop. Any other spare time goes to hobbies such as gardening, diving, hunting, and flying. I like getting outdoors and the mountains. I love to travel although I have been sadly too busy the last couple years to do much. We're hoping to change that with a sailing trip to southern Thailand this winter. Better brush up on my Thai!!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt God's Love in my life and feel inspired when I worship Him and His Son. My relationship with Him is as close as a family member who I know well but we live in different cities. I was born a member of the Church and grew up in a Latter-day Saint family where I was lucky to have the benefit of Gospel teachings so readily available. I know that Jesus Christ has made personal interventions on my behalf to allow me to recover from my imperfections. I know that our Heavenly Father has a divine plan for us, His children, to grow and progress here on this earth. Through Christ's Atonement I know that my family and I can return back to our Heavenly Father. I remember gaining a conviction of the truth of the Book of Mormon one summer when I was a teenager. I was working on a farm where we irrigated late into the night. I had committed to read at least a page of the Book of Mormon each night before bed. One night after changing the irrigation until around 2am, I lay reading about the experiences of the young prophet Mormon during the battles that he led. I read of his love for his people, his sorrow for their iniquities, and his testimony and love for Jesus Christ. This touched my soul and I remember crying for a long time reading while I couldn't put the book down. Of course I've had many other spiritual experiences associated with reading this book. If you haven't read the Book of Mormon, you should do it. Its amazing. While I do have faith based on spiritual experiences I've had, I also have an intellectual and common sense conviction of the teachings of Christ and the organization of His Church. It just makes sense and I love the order and wisdom of it. I certainly don't know everything there is to know, but its always been easy for me to see the truth and veracity of my beliefs and the teaching of the Church. My beliefs have provided a stable platform to find happiness, love, fun, challenge, success, learning, and meaning in my life.

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon and wherever I happen to be, I love finding a Church and going on Sunday. Whether attending my local congregation where I serve as a leader or last year when my wife and I found a small branch in Caye Caulker Belize while on holiday - I feel the same spirit of love and comfort from the teachings and local members, even if I don't really know anyone or understand the language. A major component of how I live my faith is to attend Church each Sunday. Over time with regular attendance, this prompts an outpouring of other benefits/blessings into my life. Another aspect of living my faith is my hope to behave like my Savior Jesus Christ. I know this is way more than a stretch goal because my understanding of Christ's life would tell me this is an impossibly high standard to meet. That's okay. Christ asked us to try to be like Him and take on many of His attributes so while I'll never be perfect in this regard, I believe that through my actions and desire coupled with Christ's grace, I can change and mold myself to become a better husband, father, brother, son, friend, coworker, and neighbor. This will be a lifelong endeavor and I'm prepared to win some and lose some aspects. Yet I know that I'm my best self if I can behave with more charity, more conviction, more meekness, more love, more obedience, more hope, and the list goes on. I see Christ as my older brother and a great example of how I want to live my life. One other element to how I live my faith is through action - actions to help others around me. I love to serve. I learned this from the example of my father who always found ways to serve neighbors, friends and church members. Service to others is a virtuous thing because I've found that I can do much good to help others and when I do I receive great blessings and joy in return - it goes both ways! I know that when I love and serve others, I am also honoring, loving and serving Christ and this is pleasing to Him.