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Hi I'm Roger

I was born and raised in the West, lived in the US, Korea, and Canada, I'm a family man, a coach, a youth leader and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born one of four children to young parents who struggled with family balance. After their divorce father married another young woman with challenges leaving a sister and I in a child care facility for 18 months. We were picked up when I was six, she was eight by a foster family who were members of the LDS church. Due to struggles in that family we ended up in another foster family who eventually adopted me. The new family, very active in the LDS church, moved to Utah where I attended high school, left to serve a two-year Church in Korea, and returned to marry. After completing my education at BYU, I moved to Indiana to receive a Masters degree at Purdue University and eventually joined Eli Lilly and Company. I married a wonderful woman, Terri, in the Manti temple in Utah, have five wonderful children and three grandchildren. I run and ride a bicycle for exercise. I love the outdoors. In the Church I have had the opportunity to serve as a scout master and have helped my four sons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. I have coached soccer and baseball in the community for many years. Today, in my leadership capacity, I work with all youth age groups, I counsel adults in family and financial matters, and love to serve in the community wherever needed. I love to travel with my wife. We have traveled to most countries in Asia as well as Europe. We love to scuba dive, hike, snow and water ski, and spent lots of time with our children. We've been richly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had the pleasure to rub shoulders with many great people of many religious backgrounds and affiliations as well as many who felt they need not be tied to religion. I have attended other denominations, but none left me with the feeling of peace, comfort and the love of the Savior like I feel when attending an LDS Church. The world we live in leaves one to choose what they feel is right in their own mind. With everyone choosing their own path and determining right and wrong based on their own beliefs, I see great confusion and little true peace and happiness. Being a Mormon I feel I have a very definite, unchanging moral compass which guides all my decisions. That doesn't mean I don't have adversity or pain in my life. However, it does leave me well anchored to the truth that Jesus Christ is aware of me and my struggles and as long as I follow his path, he will provide the peace and joy I need in my life. This knowledge and this security has come through much thoughtful searching and prayer resulting in a strong witness from the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, spoken of by the Savior.

How I live my faith

I hold at least 30 minutes of personal study time each day to help me gain greater understanding of the words of Christ in the scriptures. My study includes the testaments in the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon - another testament of Christ, and other directions from living apostles and prophets on the earth today. I have served as a congregational leader as a president of a small branch in Korea, bishop of a large congregation in Central Indiana, and currently serve as a leader in the equivalent of a local diocese. I work with young men and women 12-18 years of age still middle and high school as well as young single adults aged 19-30 throughout central Indiana. This gives me a great opportunity to see young lives lifted and strengthened in a challenging world of shifting morals. I love the outdoors which gives me the opportunity to continue to help in Boy Scouting and to train young men to love God and learn of their Savior. All these opportunities are without compensation. The only benefit is the joy in seeing lives lifted. I have a full-time job, yet I am glad to have the time to serve as a volunteer in the Church. I do it for the love and joy of watching others grow, not for any other benefit.