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Hi I'm Ron

I grew up in Arizona, USA. I am an average person with a wonderful wife and five children. I love life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the Mormon church. My parents were active in the Mormon church and have now passed away. I am the youngest of eight children, and my seven brothers and sisters are all active in the Mormon church. I am happily married, and my wife, Jan, and I have five children. The oldest, a son, is married with three children and is studying physics and chemistry at Michigan State University in the USA. Our second child, a son, is married with one child, and is in medical school at the University of Utah in the USA. The third, a daughter, is currently serving as a Mormon missionary in Poland. We still have two children at home, with one in high school and one in elementary school. I am an attorney and I manage a call center of attorneys. I love working with people and I love helping people solve their legal problems. I enjoy the outdoors, horses, hunting and fishing, reading, music, and I especially love my wife and children. I am truly blessed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught at a young age how being a Mormon makes me happy and makes me a better person. When I live the gospel of Jesus Christ it gives me a feeling of peace and happiness inside. The doctrines of the Mormon church are very profound and I believe them to be the doctrines that Jesus Christ taught while he was on the earth, and are now restored to the earth in modern times. I know God currently leads his children through a living prophet, just like he did anciently. I believe that the Mormon church teaches us the things that we need to know to be like Jesus Christ. Jesus said "Come follow me" and I believe I can follow him best by living the principles of the gospel as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon church).

How I live my faith

Our family is a normal American family, who goes to work and school and soccer games and music lessons and tries to keep up with life, like many other Americans. However, we have an underlying foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ that gives hope and meaning to all we do. As a family we pray together twice a day. We also study the scriptures together as a family most days. I also have personal, silent prayer at least twice a day, and I pray twice a day with my wife, Jan. We go to church for three hours every Sunday to worship God like other Christians, and to learn what He would have us do in our lives. To live my faith I follow two principles. First, the Golden Rule as taught by Jesus Christ: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you (Matthew 7:12). Second, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40). I try to remember that every person is a daughter or son of Heavenly Father, and is loved deeply by Him and Jesus Christ, our brother. Therefore, if I am kind and loving toward others, it's just like being kind and loving to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and that's how I would like them to treat me.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

I use an allegory which helps me understand eternal life. I believe it is the truth and is a profound, yet simple, parallel to help explain eternal progression or Eternal Life. To me, it explains what God is like and our relationship to Him, where we were before being born on the earth, why we are here on the earth, and what life is like after this life if we live right. Once upon a time there was a king and queen who lived in a beautiful kingdom with all their children. Each one wanted to grow up to be a king or a queen like their parents and have a kingdom of their own some day. So, the king and queen sent their children to school. "Royalty School" we could call it. They had to learn to be a king or queen and thereby become like their parents. They had to act like a king or queen and they had to treat each other like a queen or king. Someday they would graduate from Royalty School. After they graduated, they would go back to meet their parents, the king and queen. If they had done well in Royalty School, they would be able to be a king (with their own queen) or a queen (with their own king) and have a kingdom and children of their own and live happily ever after. God is our Heavenly "Father" (so we must have a Heavenly Mother). We are on earth to learn to be like him (or them). Jesus said we need to be perfect like God. After we die, we will continue to live. We can be perfect and have an eternal family, like God's family. That's eternal life. Show more Show less