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Hi I'm Rus

I'm a native Arizonan. I'm happily married and a father of 10 children. I'm a retired building contractor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I loved learning and did very well in school. I graduated summa cum laude as the top student in business administration, with my dream being to climb as far as I could up the corporate ladder. After prayerful consideration, I went back home and worked with my father, joining the little 3 man electrical contracting company he had recently started. With his work experience, and my administrative ability, coupled with my mother's bookkeeping skills, we made a good team and provided for our families. I finally bought them out so they could retire and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Our family loves to camp at the beach in Mexico and in the mountains in Arizona. We bought the house next door and moved our 3 oldest teenagers in when number 10 was born. They loved telling their friends that they have their own home, with a pool table, fussball, air hockey, ping pong table, and two arcade size video games. It is like a bedroom wing to our home, but they had their own phone and washer and dryer, so it actually minimized conflicts in the family. If they wanted to have friends over for a party, their rooms had to pass inspection, so we didn't have to worry about them cleaning their house. The best thing about our large family is the love that exists in our family. Our children are best friends with each other, and now that most are married, they look forward to being together whenever they can. Cell phones have proved to be a great blessing in keeping them close.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family where religion was not part of our daily lives. There was no mention of God, so we never prayed as a family. My sister and I began attending the LDS Church when we were young with an uncle who had recently joined. We loved going to church and continued doing so after he moved away. We eventually led our younger siblings and our mother into the church, and we finally saw our father start attending as well. As a family we had discovered something that united us in a wonderful way. I wanted a family that shared common values and was united in the faith. I married a wonderful girl that came from a family that had been members of the church for generations, so they had a stability that I envied. She has been a great blessing to our children as she has passed on that rich heritage of faith in God and trust in His plan for us. Indeed, we have learned that we have a purpose here on earth, and the decisions we make to follow God bring us ever increasing happiness. We have seen the unhappiness and misery in the lives of those who ignore the commandments of God, supposing they know better than He does how to find happiness. Prayer has been important to us as we have sought guidance, direction, help, solace, and understanding as we deal with the trials and difficulties that life brings. To know that God hears and answers our prayers, albeit in His own due time, has brought us great comfort. We have experienced His tender mercies poured out upon us, helping us understand that He would be even more involved in our lives if we would but ask. We have come to a knowledge of our Savior and His sacrifice in our behalf, so that we might be forgiven of our mistakes. His grace is sufficient for all of our trials, sufferings, pains and afflictions, because he has experienced all of them and overcome them. He stands ready to help us over and through those trials.

How I live my faith

Belonging to a church with no paid ministry, I have been able to participate in so many ways that have tutored me and helped me grow. As a youth I spoke in church, taught a class of 8 year olds, participated in the scouting program, and prepared for eventual missionary service. All of these activities gave me confidence in public speaking, taught me to work within an organization, gave me experience in teaching, and helped me learn the joy of serving others. I had leadership responsibilities in my various classes that prepared me for the day when I was called as a full time missionary for the church. I had the opportunity to live in Austria for 2 years, going among the people, serving and teaching them, and learning the German language in the process. All these experiences gave me quite an advantage in college, as I had years of the kind of experiences that some of the other students had only read about. I have continued to be an active participant in our local congregation, and that has brought additional opportunities to serve. I was asked to head our congregation as the bishop and served in that capacity for 5 years. I was privileged to see people the way the Lord sees them, and that his love is stronger than the things they struggle with. I saw examples of people turning away from the things that brought them so much unhappiness, as they reached out and accepted the Savior's invitation, "Come, follow me." To be a little part of that strengthened my own witness of his mercy and grace, and I learned that there is nothing that his atonement cannot redeem. Participating in the organizations of the Church has been an experience in "teaming up" with the Lord, and feeling his love and support for God's children. He has held my hand and walked with me as I have tried to follow his example in reaching out and loving my fellow man.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I have seen God's majesty in his creations, in the order in the universe, and as I gazed down on my new born child. I have felt his love for me and his concern for my happiness, as I have prayed and felt his presence. I have come to know that he is my father and wants only the best for me. I have learned to turn to him in gratitude, in times of need, and in everything. Show more Show less