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Hi I'm Roger

I grew up in the South. I studied medieval English history in college. I love British TV & eclectic music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived most of my life in the South but I also spent several years in Seattle which has become an adopted second hometown. I intended to be a history professor, specializing in medieval English history but circumstances redirected my career into used books and media. As such, this second profession has fueled my interests in music, vinyl, books, films, and games. I grew up in the '80's and never lost my taste for new wave and indie rock but I love music of all types. I also play a bit of guitar, my favorite model being the Fender Telecaster. I also truly love most things British and I'm particularly fond of the BBC sci-fi program, Dr. Who. I also love baseball, tennis, hockey, chess, Hearts, and proper football (soccer). The greatest joy of my life, however, is my family. I have a lovely wife and I adore being a father of three.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, more or less. My parents converted when I was about 3 years old so it is all I've ever known. Many would probably say, "Oh, well, that's why you're a Mormon." I would say that is not so. My parents did instill in me a love of the Gospel. My mom insured that I made it to Primary, seminary, and Sacrament meeting. Still, like many people, when I hit my teenage years, I thought I knew everything and fell into that air of superiority that so many late teen/early 20's people develop. I strayed away from what I had been taught, though I never ceased to have my basic testimony. At a certain point, I reviewed my life in comparison to my friends at church and realized I was completely on the wrong path. Their example and a good bishop who taught me that we all have our challenges to overcome prompted me to pray to my Heavenly Father. All the things I had been taught came to my memory and I realized, beyond doubt, that I knew the Gospel was true. I understood that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world and that meant my life could still be what I desired. I knew that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I knew that the heavens were not silent in our modern world. I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that a living prophet still walked upon the earth. I understood that this man and other leaders stand today as witnesses of the Living Christ. I knew my purpose here on earth and that I had an eternal potential that was far beyond anything I might achieve by my mortal efforts alone. So, I made the decision to recommit myself to following Him and that has been my path ever since. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a once-a-week endeavor and I love every minute of it. While I have not been able to pursue my love of teaching in my worldly profession, I have been often called to teach in Church, from the youngest children up to the adult members. These teaching moments have allowed me the opportunity to study the Gospel and the scriptures more closely than I might have on my own. I have learned so much from those I have taught and it has been a great blessing in my life. The Gospel is also a life of service. In my callings, I have served as secretary to the bishop, assisting not only the bishop himself but also those members who have need to meet with him. I have also served as a counselor in the bishopric, giving me the chance to work with adults, youth, and children. I have had the privilege of going on appointments with the missionaries to teach the Gospel to those searching for the truth. In other service events, I have been able to assist those in need in the local community in many ways, from picking up roadside trash to blood drives.