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Hi I'm Ronnie

I have a beautiful wife and 3 terrific sons. I love to hunt and fish, and spend time outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 37 years old and have been married to my wonderful wife for 15 years. We have been blessed with 3 sons, which are 11, 7, and 4. My kids usually are driving me crazy - which is how I know things are going ok. I spend a lot of my free time in the outdoors, and especially enjoy spending time with my sons hunting and fishing. I am a big UGA football fan. I love to cook and eat, and have a passion for BBQ, pizza, and anything sweet! I was a missionary in the Philippines and hope to be able to go back someday.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at some point I had to find out for myself if the church was true. Many Latter-Day Saint teens attend an early-morning scripture study class called Seminary. In Seminary, we arrived before school and studied the scriptures for an hour, 5 days a week. Each year, during the 4 years of high school, we studied a book of what we consider "cannonized" scripture: the Old Testament, the New Testament, The Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. While I read each of these books during Seminary, and have done so again since, it was when I read The Book of Mormon for the first time all the way through that I received a confirmation from The Holy Spirit that it was indeed true. This experience has changed my life forever, and led to serving a full-time mission in the Philippines. Reading The Book of Mormon, along with The Holy Bible and other scripture helps me become closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. These sacred writings give me guidance for my daily life and help me to realize that all people, no matter when they lived, all had problems that required the guidance of God in their lives. My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints truely defines who I am and how I live my life each day. Our belief in the eternal nature of family relationships gives me peace in knowing I can be with my family not only for this life, but in the world to come also. I know that Jesus Christ is my living Savior and that He knows me and loves me. It is only through his complete sacrifice and the principle of repentance that I can return to live with Him someday.

How I live my faith

While I have had many callings in the church, for the past several years, I have worked with the youth in our church, specifically with the 14 & 15 year-old young men. We've been camping, whitewater rafting, and hiking together. We have also shared many experiences and lessons that helped us know more about God and our relationship to Him. While teenagers can definitely drive you crazy at times, it is wonderful to see so many of them roll up their sleeves and give service to others in time of need. I have seen them work on home projects for the elderly, rake leaves, clean up after tornadoes and hurricanes, and work on Eagle Scout Projects. While most probably would not think of teenagers as role models, it has been my priviledge to have worked closely with so many of them over the years. Truely, they are a great generation that will lead us all tomorrow. In the church, we perform the services of our callings voluntarily, and are not monetarily compensated for them. It is wonderful to be able to give back a portion of our time to the Lord by serving in the church.