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Hi I'm Rod Nehring

I'm married to a beautiful wife with six great sons, six wonderful daughters in law and fabulous grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado near the mountains and love hiking, camping and anything outdoors. I am an Eagle Scout and have been involved in scouting since I was a young man. After my freshman year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ecuador where I learned Spanish and taught people about Jesus Christ and his gospel. I then returned to school at BYU where I met my lovely wife and completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees. We then moved to the midwest where we raised our family of boys. I work as a business leader for a global company and have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world. I speak fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese and love to meet and work with people from different countries and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith springs from three fundamental principles of truth taught by the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The first is my knowledge of the fatherhood of God and of the brotherhood of man. Each of us is a spirit son or daughter of God who loves us, who has a plan for us, who watches over and cares for us. Each of us has a divine heritage and an eternal destiny. We all form the great family of God and we are all brothers and sisters across this great earth. Second, because of God’s profound love for us, He has established a great plan whereby we can live on earth, grow and progress and have joy and happiness here and prepare ourselves for returning back to our eternal home. Our lives did not begin at mortal birth nor do they end at death. Before we came to this earth, we lived in the family of God. After death, we can continue to live as families with those we love here and experience joy and happiness which can only be found in eternal families. Central to the plan of God is His divine son, Jesus Christ who showed us the way to return to God which He taught as His gospel. Through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His death upon the cross and His glorious resurrection, he overcame sin and death. His grace and power can change us so that we can return to God and receive all of His blessings in the eternities to come. Third, God can reveal to each of us His plan and His purposes through the scriptures and through his Holy Spirit. As we understand and then live according to principles of truth, God will reveal His design for us step by step. Like a beautiful tapestry, over time, through right choices and noble actions, the beauty of our individual lives emerges and we begin to understand who we really are and to comprehend our divine destiny. These fundamentals found in the restored church have guided me and given me purpose, have brought strength and reassurance in times of difficulty and have provided a solid anchor in the midst of life’s challenges.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church has offered me the opportunity to serve others and learn what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Christ taught that as we bless and help and lift others, we are doing this for Him. He also taught that we should let our light shine so that others seeing our good works may be led to glorify God. As we truly love and serve those around us, we become His disciples. Because the church has no local paid ministry, everyone in the local congregation is extended a calling to serve in some capacity. Throughout my life, I have been blessed with variety of opportunities including teaching classes, visiting the homes of the elderly, mentoring young men in scouting and even speaking at funerals. I have had many other experiences helping others to change and grow, overcome challenges and begin to understand their real potential as a child of God. Throughout much of my life, I have also had the opportunity to work with young men and women in my church service. I especially love working with the youth because they are the future leaders in the church and in the world. One the great memories I have serving others was when I traveled to Louisiana with my son and other members of the Mormon church from Indiana to help in the cleanup efforts after Hurricane Katrina. After we removed a huge tree that had fallen on the corner of their home, the older couple that lived in the home and were not Mormons, gathered all of us together. We joined hands in prayer and the elderly gentleman thanked God that we had come to help them. Recently, I was extended the opportunity to lead and shepherd a small Latino congregation of the church in the area where we live. This has been one of the most special callings I have had because in working with these humble, loving people, I have learned that as Christ taught, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto Me".

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Rod Nehring
Our lives did not begin at mortal birth nor do they end at death. Before we came to this earth, we lived in the family of God. After death, we can continue to live as families with those we love here and experience joy and happiness which can only be found in eternal families. Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. These ordinances seal a husband and wife together and children to their parents as an eternal family. A former church prophet, President David O. McKay stated, “No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home.” Later, another prophet , President Harold B. Lee added, “The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your home.” The family is the most important unit in time and the only organization that can continue forever in the eternities. It is the cornerstone of society and the fundamental building block of our communities and nations. As the integrity of the family unit is compromised, so also will the integrity of our total society be weakened. Thus, Satan will focus his most significant efforts to destroy the family. Strong, righteous families led by worthy, faithful parents who keep marriage covenants made in the temple and take the Holy Spirit as their guide are those that will endure the challenges of the world and forces of evil. These families are the ones that will become eternal and last forever. Show more Show less