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Hi I'm Ray

I'm a Mormon in Arizona. I enjoy scouting, reading, history, and most especially family life.

About Me

I am married with 2 children. I go on a date every week with my wife. I enjoy spending time with my family and concentrating on the pursuits that they enjoy. I am a child at heart and enjoy a good sense of humor. I love to work with children and youth of all ages. I love to see the fire in their eyes when they learn something new and I enjoy learning new things beside them. I have a great love of the Boy Scouting movement and have been an adult leader for the past seven years including being a scoutmaster. I belonged to scouting as boy and am an eagle Scout. I am facinated by learning of all types, especially history. I have a degree in electrical engineering, however, because of the economy, have not had much opportunity to utilize this knoweledge. I am happy. I am content with my life so far, despite hardships, but have a great desire to constantly learn and improve in different aspects.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents were worthy and strong members of the church, although they would probably tell you othewise. I learned the gospel though my parents and the programs of the church, but it was not unti I was about 14 before I began to have my own convictions. At 14 I completed the reading of The Book of Mormon on my own for the first time. I experience a warmth and enlightenment that I have never before known. My father taught me that if I wanted to know God's will I should pray, and this I did. I had my first spiritual confirmation that the Book of Mormon and the church for which it belonged was true. I continued to gain valuable insights and spiritual promptings. At age 19 I was called and served a mission to German speaking Switzerland. There were many trials on my mission, to which I learned to lean on the Lord and step by step I was able to overcome these obsticles. Since my mission I have married and raised 2 children, who are now teenagers. My wife and I have been married for 20 years. There has been nothing in my life more rewarding than the roles played as husband and father. I have served the church for many years and it has brought me closer to my Heavenly Father with each experience and challenge. I know that God lives. I know that He has restored His gospel and His church again upon the earth. He has called Prophets and Apostles to lead and guide His Children, for whom he has a profound interest. I am one of those children and hope to one day enter His presence and be a accepted by Him once I have fulfilled my work in life.

How I live my faith

I like to think of my life as a simple man. I therefore only know how to live simply and step by step perserver in life. I live my life as a learning experience. I love to learn and experience, however this is done step by step, always returning to the Gospel as the foundation of my life. That does not mean I have not stepped back and redone things. My service to my family has given me much of my insight. With my wife we have built our lives around supporting our children in things that have interested them, trying to encourage them in things we have experienced, but nor forcing things that they are uniterested in, although work is work. I have found that when I put God and my family first, ahead of my career, hobbies, or interests, the world is a wonderful place to live. My second great love is working with youth and children. This takes a lot of effort. Just like working with the family, it requires Heavenly Guidance and a firm commitment and quite often personal sacrifice. I have often had to learn a something that I was not overly excited to do or become, because it was best for the boys of my scout troop or for family members, but in the process I have gained experiences that I will hold sacred for the remainder of my life.