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Hi I'm Russ

I have been happily married for 8 years. I have 3 kids. I am a physical therapist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 8 children and was born into an LDS family. My oldest siblings are old enough to be my parents so I don't have a lot of memories of them at home. We all stay close now with a monthly family letter, phone calls, and family reunions which I look forward to every year or so. I got married in 2003 to my best friend. She is the coolest person I know. We have had 3 kids each spaced about 2-3 years apart. They are so much work but I love nothing more than getting an unsolicited hug, or "I love you daddy". I feel lost at just the thought of them not being around. I am a physical therapist and have worked in the out patient clinic setting for most of it. I am currently working in a hospital which is vey different but is also very rewarding. It is cheezy but I enjoy supporting my family financially with a job where I can make a significant positive difference in people's lives daily. I have always prided myself on being happy and made it a point to brighten people' days even if it is just with a smile. I enjoy running in organized races, going camping, shooting, fishing, cooking with my wife, watching movies, playing with my kids, working on my home and working in my yard.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed to be in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life. I have not always recognized this as a blessing. Just like I have lived in a free country my whole life, I have not always appreciated what a blessing it has been to me. My lack of recognition at one point in my life of those facts does not change the fact that both are enormous blessings for which I am eternally grateful. When I was a kid, I went to church with my family because that's just what we did. However, there a came a point when I was exclusively in charge of my life and I had to make a choice whether or not to continue living the principles of the church or not. I have prayed to my Heavenly Father, and I have found out for myself that the principles and teachings I have been around my whole life in the church are in fact true. It is a comfort to me to know that my family can stay together even after this life and that there is something more than just this life which can be pretty rough sometimes. I love the Book of Mormon. I get answers from it and new insight on loads of different topics which help me live a more Christ-like life. The Church helps me and my family live a fulfilling , self-aware, Christ-like life which ultimately brings me happiness in this life but also gives me hope for a wonderfully happy future in the world to come. My testimony of Christ being my personal Savior and this Church being the place where I can learn His will is strengthened a lot evey 6 months during our General Conference. The messages are always uplifting and help me become a better person. There are a lot of things that help me to know this church is Christ's church but in the end, it all boils down to the fact that I have prayed to my Heavenly Father and I have recieved an answer through the quiet and peaceful feelings from the Holy Ghost as well on going answers from continued prayers.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, the way I live my faith is trying to be a good example of a disciple of Christ for my children. I think about my actions in reference to what it would teach my children about me and my testimony of Jesus Christ. I also help out with the geneology/family history in my ward. I help church members find out their family history. We believe in performing vicarious ordinances, including baptisms for the dead, in our temples. So the other part of this is I help people get names ready so they can have these ordinances done in the temple for their ancestors who have passed on. It feels good to learn for myself about my ancestors who have passed on even if it has been a couple of centuries. As I learn about them, I feel closer to them and it gives me a better sense of my own identity as well as gives me an appreciation for the mercy of God. I also care for four families in my ward and am partially responsible with a companion for the well-being of these families. We visit them each month to see if they need anything as well as share an uplifting message to encourage them. I am not perfect. Not even close. Reading from the Book of Mormon daily, attending church every week, listening to modern day prophets, all help me to live better and follow Christ's teachings.