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Hi I'm Ron

I served in the US Navy for 20 years, and completed two other careers before finally retiring, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I played Sailor pretty hard while in the Navy 20 years, as an Aircraft Eng Mechanic, got married and divorced, my daughter came with me. I met a woman and her baby son while on recruiting duty, fell in love for the first time, and married her we now became a family of four. I Finished my last four years service in San Diego and bought a house in N. Phoenix. I Joined the church there in 1981, the quality of my life improved dramatically as I started living the principles of the church. I always had a belief in a higher power, but little background in formal religious training, I began to understand the value of having Christ in my life, we became closer as a family. My family always came first in my life (as my father had taught me) before joining the church, but after being sealed together in the Mesa AZ Temple we were inseparable. My job in Oil Analysis called me to Bamberg Germany, from there to Cleveland, Ohio, then to Indiana. Then up to Canada, and back to Indiana, where I left Oil Analysis and went to work at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, where I finally retired in Greenwood, IN.

Why I am a Mormon

My son and I were like oil and water after he started school, always in trouble with neighbors and police by swiping things out of stores. It seemed as though no mater what I did I couldn't get his attention. One day these two guys in suits showed up at my door with my son in tow. I thought "what now!" The young men informed me that my son was iterested in learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they were required to get the parents OK. I told them that it was OK with me and they started teaching him at our friend's home (who was a Mormon). A week or so went by and my friend told me he couldn't believe that my son's attention was so focused on the gospel lessons that he was asking the missionaries who were giving him two lessons at every meeting and he was focused on each of them. At home while I was sitting there enjoying a beer my son came in and put his arm around my shoulder and said "How'd it go today dad", something he rarely did. I ask him "Who are you and what did you do with my son??" we laughed together and we talked abit before he said he had to go see the missionary boys, and took off for my friend's house. I told my wife that we needed to check out what these young men were teaching my son, so we went to my friend's home and sat in on a lesson. These young men explained things about God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit that were easily understood, and what our obligations were to receive these blessings. I told the missionary boys to come to my house because I wanted to hear more. As my son finished his lessons and comitted to baptism, we scheduled to start the lessons right after. When my son was baptized and came out of the water, the look on his face, he seemed to glow! I knew that this was the right thing to do. The lessons that our missionaries presented to us made us aware that we are the children of Our Father in Heaven and desires us to succeed in our lives, if we but follow him.

How I live my faith

While in Germany we relied on the church as our family in this area of the world, and serving in a number of callings we found happiness in serving each other. I became very confident in the power of prayer, and was lead not only in the callings in church but in the performance of my assignment working for the Army's 7th Corps, and in dealing with problems in the lab. My testimony in the power of prayer grew as a brother and I were ask to travel to a listening post near the East German border, to give a blessing to a young soldier who was very Ill. This, during a ferocious thunder storm, where we had to drive around fallen trees and high water. We had very little information as to where this base was. Our prayer for guidance and safe travels were answered, we were able to find this young man and though we were unable to go onto the base he was able to come out to us and we gave him a blessing on the tailgate of my station wagon. He was feverish as I anointed his head, but as we gave him the blessing his temperature seemed to be noticably reduced. My current callig is as the High Priest Group Leader of the Greenwood Ward and my service to my brothers, sisters, family, and neighbors continue to be done with the guidance of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and with the power of the Holy Ghost. The blessings of the priesthood which I bare in serving others are small to the blessings my family and II receive for serving them.