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Hi I'm Reuben

I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. I currently run a Boy Scout troop in the urban Phoenix area. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in an older section of urban Phoenix with my family. With mom and dad (me), children, in-laws and grandchildren, we are a family of 12. I love good music, the outdoors, and helping others succeed in their lives. I've been to the Phoenix Symphony several times. I enjoy live music that is dynamic and meaningful. Recently, the touring cast from Les Miserables came to the Tempe area. The story of Jean Valjean has had a significant impact on my life, and the music and message are powerful to me: God is a god of miracles yesterday, today, and forever. Our home is full of music: we all play the piano, listen to our i-Pods, and sing together on occasion. Arizona is a beautiful state. I have the chance to travel the state frequently with my Boy Scout troop, in the beauty of the Sonoran desert, the majestic mountain trails and streams in the Mogollon rim country, and other places where you can clearly see millions of stars in the sky! Each adventure confirms there is order and purpose to this magnificent earth and all of God's creations. People are the essence of what is important. Family members, co-workers, associates, and friends represent the rich and meaningful aspects of this life. I love to meet new people and make new friends. I love to help others improve their opportunities and accomplish their dreams. I subscribe to a simple statement I read a number of years ago, "Service is the rent we pay for living in this world of ours."

Why I am a Mormon

I had the chance to grow up in a Mormon family. This helped me understand my faith in God early, and to develop that faith over time. In our home, my parents taught us to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as they are taught in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other volumes of Scripture. We spent a significant amount of time in church together, and my life was guided by the things I learned there. As a young man, I recognized that God was a real being, with the interests of his children at heart. I always felt there was more that could make one's life more rich and meaningful and different, and I decided at a young age to make decisions that would lead me there. The key to obtaining truth has been to study, ponder the principles, and to ask Him to help me understand what is true and how to move forward in my life. The answers have come through a combination of life experiences, help from others, and the revelation of His Spirit. Although I have read and studied from many sources, including the Bible and publications from several religions, good literature and biographies, the most comprehensive answers and convictions came to me through my study of the Book of Mormon (another Testament of Jesus Christ), the teachings of modern prophets and apostles, and my personal communion with God. My testimony is that: God lives. He hears and answers the genuine prayers of his children. He has sent His Son Jesus Christ to the world to redeem us and to help us become as He is. He works through living prophets. We have a living prophet today in Thomas S. Monson. The Book of Mormon is true. It was translated by Joseph Smith by the gift and power of God. Joseph saw the Father and the Son in a grove of trees in 1820 as he sought through prayer to know which church was true. God called him as a modern day prophet. My testimony has led me to continue to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ which are taught in their fullness in the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The world is full of so many good teachings. When it comes to religion, there are common tenets like the Golden Rule which states: "whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them." Thankfully, most religions teach us to follow this principle. Jesus taught that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love our neighbor. Paul taught that Charity is the pure love of Christ. Charity is kind, free of envy and malice, full of truth, and represents all of the divine characteristics that God possesses. My faith in Christ is most directly correlated with how I treat others. Although I strive to live the commandments of God, my efforts will be limited by my own weaknesses and mistakes. That is why the redemption of Christ is so important to me - he has paid the price of transgression, allowing me to repent and try again. But there is more. The efforts I make to live true principles and to love others must have a resolution and eternal purpose, correct? Yes! I know relationships on earth can continue in heaven. That is why we strive here to make our families a little heaven on earth. This is not easy, but it is worth my continual efforts. I pray, in similar fashion to what Christ prayed [that my family will be blessed to live] on earth as it is in heaven. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us how. My favorite article of faith states: We believe in being honest, true, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. Indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul: We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. Each word of Paul's admonition has meaning to me. I truly believe and strive to follow his counsel and the words and the teachings of Jesus Christ as they are more fully available in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.