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Hi I'm Rod Conder

I'm a Mormon. Born in Utah, raised in California. Served a Mission in Scotland. Retired peaceofficer and school maintenance.

About Me

I enjoy hunting and fishing, because I think the outdoors is so beautiful, it's Gods' creation. I am a grandfather and love seeing and being a part of my family. It reinforces my belief in Families are eternal. I wasn't always active in the Church, my parents were what you might call 'jack mormons' Until I met my wife, I just drifted in and out of the Church programs. After meeting her, I became more active and was eventually called on a Mission. There I served in Scotland with a great leader, David B. Haight as my Mission President. Since those times, I have enjoyed being in the service of our Heavenly Father having held many leadership positions and teaching oppertunities. In one of my careers, I was often confronted with those who didn't understand what a Mormon was. Upon findiing I was a Mormon, they couldn't figure out why I would choose to be a peace officer and have to deal with the shady side of mortal life. It was my chance to make a difference, because while dealing with those issues I could also show that life can and is better when we obey all of Gods commandment. I also enjoy working with youth and feel that they are a chosen generation. We as adults need to see that they are encouraged to live high ideals and remind them that they are children of a loving Father in Heaven. They need people they can trust and live up to gospel standards.

Why I am a Mormon

As in practically all lives of members of the Church, there comes a time when you have determine if the Gospel is true or are we just drifting along with the crowd. While the crowd is a great support, we have to know for ourselves if the gospel is true. For me, because of not being active, I had to read the Book of Mormon and do some serious praying. I came to the understanding that while we as members may not be perfect, the Church is. We can find fault or critize all we want, but the truth is always the truth. We need to quit kicking against the pricks and become more converted. I encourage those who are weak in the conviction of the restored Church to be more humble and teachable, we are never to old to learn. It is the mortal man that is the problem. Live a complete gospel life and the blessing will come. Life will improve and you will be happier. I like to say go and "do" the gospel don't just try. Being luke warm in living Gods' plan won''t help, being a fence sitter is dangerous, you could fall the wrong way.

How I live my faith

In my adult life I recalled what I as a youth needed. That helped me to persue activities that helped me. I worked with the youth in Scouting, taught a State Hunter Safety program, helped start a 'Youth accountabiliy Program' with our county Probation Department and worked with youth at our local schools. These were areas where I could help youth stay on track for a better life. Now that I am older, I enjoy socializing with other adults and recalling what they experianced as they grew. We have 'Dutch oven' and "pie and ice cream socials' and enjoy one anothers company. I have served as Young Mens Leader, Scout Master, Committee Chairmant, Scout District Chairman and have recieved the Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit and the LDS adult recognition awards. I recieved the State of California recognition Certificate for thirty years of Hunter Safety Instruction. I also am proud of the envolment I've had with our schools and community youth programs and events, keeps me young.