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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a native Minnesotan who enjoys outdoors and family. When I was 15, I converted to the LDS faith. Life changing? Yes!

About Me

My wife and I have been married for more than 35 years and are proud parents of 11 children and a number of grandchildren that increases annually. We enjoy Minnesota's theater of seasons as well as opportunities to travel and warm up during winters. Summers here are spectacular. We're also accustomed to watching local sports teams lose; the Minnesota Twins World Series victories in 1987 and '91 seem SO far away! My profession is sales, marketing and sales training. Products sold are mostly high-tech, from accounting software (MAS 90) to web application security firewalls (webScurity). I've been privileged to serve as sales trainer for thousands of sales professionals through association with Max Sacks International; also a sales strategist for corporate clients.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the lifestyle is healthy and appealing, bringing in its wake peace, love and beauty. My associations with other Church members are rewarding, being Mormon helps me to be a better husband - asking myself the question, "How can I be a better husband" and more loving and patient father. Short version: being a Mormon works! For context background: I was born a Scandanavian Lutheran. For generations, our Norwegian and Swedish ancestors and relatives were and are likewise. My dad broke ranks when I was 13 and became a Mormon. The changes in his life were profound and for the better. He invited me to investigate the Church and its Gospel two years later. That led to my baptism and an intellectual belief. The spiritual conversion and testimony born of the Holy Ghost came soon after while serving a two-year mission to Uruguay and Paraguay. When I began my mission, I thought the Church was true. Before my mission was completed, I knew. To become and remain a true follower of Jesus Christ requires constant effort. As we do our part, He lifts and carries us along. A most poignant example of that was in 1990, when a wonderful young daughter passed away due to brain cancer. As it became apparent her cancer would be terminal, we asked ourselves is God aware, does He care and will He help during desperate times. The answers were yes, yes, and yes. He is unchanging...aware, caring, preparing. The Old Testament God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the New Testamant Jesus Christ and today's Head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one and the same. I know that's true. That knowledge - as communicated spirit-to-spirit by the Holy Ghost - is one of life's greatest treasures.

How I live my faith

I enjoy being active in the Church where we all have responsibilities to serve and opportunities to grow. It's one of the great satisfactions of my life. Through the years I've served as a South American missionary in Uruguay and Paraguay, in leadership roles with local congregations, as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, teacher developer, working with Twin Cities Spanish-speaking members, as head coordinator for presentations by Gladys Knight and her Grammy-winning choir and with youth. My most formative, life-changing experience occurred shortly after high school: serving a two-year South American mission. I learned to love and serve people, to work hard and be tolerant and accepting of other cultures, foods and languages. I learned how to revere family life and draw closer to God and foster the most important relationships in life and eternity. A game-changer, an eternity changer.