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Hi I'm Rodney Paul Wright

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 43 years old, the father of 4 children (3 boys and one girl with one of the boys from my wife's previous marriage, and two of the boys from my previous marriage). I served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints in Johannesburg, South Africa from December 1995 to December 1997 (serving part of my mission in Gaborone, Botswana). While there, I was able to visit Kruger National Park. Because of this experience and the photos I took, I created a website to showcase those photos. I graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's in History from Idaho State University. I received my Master's in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix in 2010. I moved around the country for the first few years of my life because my dad was in the Navy. I like to read books on Church history and doctrine, as well as books on political and historical topics. I also like to go fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, being baptized when I was 8 years old. Up until I was in college and on my own I didn't really know why I was a Mormon. Once I had opportunities to think for myself I realized how important the Church is in my life. Once in college, I more faithfully read my scriptures and more cheerfully attended my Church meetings. I realized that the Church provides me with the tools to better my life. I continue to be a Mormon because I have found in the Church what I need to be happy and a better person. I like what the Church teaches me about what to do to attain my own salvation and how I can help others work towards theirs. I like how the Church emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility for your own actions and at the same time stresses the importance of maintaining the standards and teachings to attain salvation and eternal glory with God. I continue to be a Mormon because I want the rest of my family to be the best they can be and to be an example to them.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading the scriptures, saying prayers, having family home evening with my family, and attending my weekly Church meetings. While not in a Church setting I do my best to act in public (whether at work or in other public settings) like I am a member of the Church. I believe it is important to act the same during the week as I do on sundays. I also attend the temple regularly. I get regular monthly visits done to other fellow members that I am assigned to teach and visit. I help out my ward (when I am able to) with different projects like setting up and taking down chairs for various meetings and activities held at the church building. I also help fellow members move when I am able.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Rodney Paul Wright
We increase our faith in Jesus Christ by acting the way that he would in a given situation -- much like the saying "What Would Jesus Do?" This by no means is an instantaneous occurrence, but one that needs to be worked on every day not just Sundays. Additionally, our words and actions need to show that we believe in and have faith in Jesus Christ. It would be hard to show our faith in Jesus Christ if our words and actions do not match one who believes on Him. Since faith is, in part, a word of action we need to show it to not only our family but friends and people we meet every day. Also important ways to increase our faith include reading the scriptures individually and as a family, saying our prayers, attending church meetings, serving in the Church (including during Sunday services and projects outside Sunday services for other Church members) as well as serving those who are not Mormons. Showing our faith in Jesus Christ is not reserved for those who are just Mormons -- it is for everyone. Jesus Christ has shown us the importance of loving everyone and that helps us to be more like him. Show more Show less