Hi I'm Ron Schill
I train young people to create business and social impact enterprises to help alleviate poverty around the world. I'm a Mormon.
I'm from California, and my wife and I have nine children (five boys and four girls) and thirty grandchildren. My main hobbies are 1) my grandchildren, 2) world travel and new cultures, (3) cultural photography, and 4) making music. I served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. Soon after, I decided to become a college professor and spend my career teaching, motivating and working with young adults interested in becoming leaders of change for the better. I taught at the Marriott School at Brigham Young University-Provo for thirty-two years and also at many different universities around the world. I retired from BYU and am now a professor in California. However, the most important things that I have learned in my life have come from my knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why am I a Mormon? Not because I am perfect. I am far from perfect and have several areas of weakness, but I know that if I am humble and try to do better each day, the Lord will help me to change whatever is my weakness into strength. By learning and striving to live the teachings of the Gospel within the Church, I can eventually reach my full potential and become the best person that I can.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up apart from the Mormon Church and I was once quite unsure about God and His plan for our life, and was very focused merely on the intellectual answers from philosophy and science as the only answers to the key questions of life. I can witness how much my study, prayer, Gospel understanding and efforts to live the Gospel, as taught by the Church, have impacted my life in numerous positive ways. It has been fantastic. My work and efforts to investigate, to learn and to live as closely as I can what the Church and Our Savior have taught us have been richly rewarded with immense happiness and joy. I am a Mormon today because during my life I have accepted the challenge and tried to do my part to prove for myself in practical ways, as well as spiritually, whether or not Mormonism is true and whether or not it delivers the promises that it makes to each of us. Life deals us a lot of different challenges. They may differ substantially for each of us as individuals, and yet they are very much the same no matter who we are or where we live. The teachings and plan presented to us by our Lord and Savior, apply equally as well, no matter who we are, what opportunities or challenges we face, or where or under what circumstances we live. The only real question for us is "when we will really start and how diligently we will try to learn and to prove for ourselves that what He has given us through His scriptures, teachings and through Prophets is the foundational truth for our life?" It is my testimony and witness that this effort is the most important thing that we can do during our life. I testify to you, my brother or sister, who may read this profile, that the Savior's work through this, His Church, is true and faithful, that I know by study, by faith and by many years of practical experience that it was the right decision earlier in my life, and that it will also be the most important effort you can invest in your own well-being and happiness.
How I live my faith
In the Church in California I work with a congregation of young single adults in Sunday School teaching, counseling and encouraging them while they are serving in the military or attending college. The Church gives me very meaningful and relevant opportunity to practice charity and to serve others, and to do so on a daily basis. It is a Church of service, a Church for immersion of one's life, a way of life, a way of devotion to others, to one's family, and to the betterment of one's self---not just on Sundays, but every day and in every occasion. The quest for discipleship in life doesn't come easily, and it takes sacrifice and a lot of one's time, yet the blessings will far outweigh the work. In the Church we serve each other in "callings" that we receive from our leaders in our congregations, as well as through our daily life as brothers or sisters to all those around us in the world. There is no limit to the good we can do. In the Church we live by two important gifts that we receive. One is a personal testimony or inner spiritual witness of the truth of the Gospel, of the Church, of the Scriptures and of what we are doing. Second, is the gift of the Holy Ghost which each of us receives following baptism as a personal light to shine forth, light our way, and inspire and direct our lives as we live worthy of it. Living by faith in its fullness means living by direction from the Holy Ghost.