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Hi I'm Ray or Raymond

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised on a sheep and cattle ranch in Northern Wyoming. I lived there until age sixteen.

About Me

I am a father, grandfather and great grandfather and my family is the joy of my life. I loved growing up on the ranch in Wyoming. Due to my mother's poor health we moved from there to Utah when I was sixteen. I served in the Navy during WWII as a anti aircraft gunner. The ship I was on delivered supplies to the troops all over the South Pacific and I got to see a lot of that part of the world. My real claim to fame is having been at Hiroshima about two weeks after the bomb. I feel fortunateto still be alive and walking around when I realize how much radiation exposure I had. After the Navy I worked in the electronics industry for about twelve years, then went to work for the Dept. of Defense as a quality assurance specialist and retired as the Director of Quality Assurance at a large army storage depot. I have been a life long amateur radio operator and enoyed that activity very much. I also enjoy boating, water skiing and snow skiing with my family. We love the out- of- doors.

Why I am a Mormon

We were far from any Mormon church in Wyoming, but when the missionaries came through our area my parents had me baptised in the No Wood River near our home. It really meant nothing to me until I was in the Navy and realized I wanted something good to hang on to in those uncertain times. I hardly knew what "Mormon" meant at that time. So I hung around of few meetings in the service which helped me, but didn't get serious about the church until I was married and started having a family. Then I really knew how much the church was worth to me. Since my early thirties, I have been very involved in the church and tried to be a good example to my family. I'm thoroughly convinced that I could have done nothing better for them. I love my wife dearly and we have had a very happy life together. We are now enjoying retirement and being with our family frequently even though they are scattered all over the USA.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life in service to others and especially to my family. However, the years have taken their normal toll on me and am not able to do all I would like to do. We are active in our community and try to be friendly and helpful to those we meet. We have many non-Mormon friends that we value highly. We hope that our example speaks well for the church.