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Hi I'm Ray

I'm a father of six. I love all things outdoors, especially climbing mountains. I'm a black belt in Taekwondo, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I haven't always been a Mormon. I grew up in Oklahoma City and went to the same school from kindergarten through high school. Since my high school was very small by today's standards, I knew all the Mormons, and I considered those in my class my friends. Even so, I wasn't interested enough to change my lifestyle, although I did on occasion participate in their worship services. It wasn't until I was preparing to enter the U.S. Air Force Academy that things began to change for me. While completing the paperwork outlining my preferences for a sponsor family (families who voluntarily open their home to cadets), I selected Latter-Day Saint (LDS) as a religious preference. Other than knowing that Latter-Day Saints were good people, I didn't understand at the time why I selected Latter-Day Saint as a religious preference for my sponsor family. It soon became apparent.

Why I am a Mormon

Once I entered the Academy, I became good friends and eventual freshman roommates with one of the LDS cadets in my squadron. I also developed a great relationship with my sponsor family. As his children, Heavenly Father loves us, and wants us to be happy. He puts people in our path that will influence our lives for the good. That is what happened with me. As I began to get to know the LDS people (or Mormons) and the doctrines of their faith, I felt drawn to them. I followed the challenge of the missionaries to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know that it was true. From that time over twenty years ago to today, I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are true. I am grateful for my relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ and know that through Christ all things are possible.

How I live my faith

Each day presents its own set of joys, triumphs and challenges. While I often fall short of my own and Heavenly Father's expectations, I am grateful for each new day that I have to improve my life and be better than I was the previous day – in essence, to become who my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I am grateful for the plain and precious truths of the gospel that guide me and positively influence the decisions of my life. As I seek Heavenly Father's will and subsequently follow it, I am happy.