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Hi I'm Rod

I grew up in the Northwest loving all the fantastic outdoor opportunities . I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love living in Pacific Northwest because of the mountains, water, and outdoor activities. There are so many beautiful areas to visit and explore with family and friends. I love visiting new places with my wife. There is one easy to get to mountain peak in the North Cascades that makes you feel on top of the world. You can see 40 - 50 miles every direction to admire God's creations. I've been a Boy Scout leader for several years which gives me the opportunity to get out and explore. It's great seeing young men complete their first 50 mile hike, 60 mile canoe trip, or a 300 mile week long bike ride. The boys grow up to be God fearing young men that are proud to serve God as missionaries.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and the freedom and protection it offers me. Keeping God's commandments keeps me safe and protected. For example, by not smoking or drinking I reduce potential health issues, driving under he influence costs, and relation problems. Striving to follow Christ's example brings joy and happiness to my life and the life of my family. I especially like the family teachings that my family can be together forever if we keep God's commandments. What a fantastic doctrine to be with the ones we cherish and love the most forever.

How I live my faith

I work with the 14 - 15 year old boys. I work with a couple other men to teach them on Sunday and work with them in Boy Scouts during the week. The boys are so full of energy and enthusiasm. They are young enough to want to do what is right but still have some reservations about what is right. They are also physically capable of the many high adventure activities we do in scouts. Last summer completed a 60 mile canoe trip in the North Cascades. The boys did great. Every night we would have a little fireside presented by the boys. Their thoughts and comments were so inspriational and many comments well beyond their tender years. We have done seeveral 50+ mile hikes and 300 mile bike rides in past summers. Upon completion of these activities the boys just glow with pride in their accomplishments. What fantasitc experiences to help prepare them for life's challenges.