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Hi I'm Russ

I grew up in Wrightwood California; now live in Pleasant Grove, Utah. I'm a husband, father, grandfather, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am proud to be a husband, father, grandfather, and a Mormon. There is no greater joy watching my children just be with each other talking to each other. When I hear them laugh with full energy it is a wonderful blessing for me. I love having the one-on-one time with each of my children. I love watching my grandchild play with grandma too. I am grateful for a wonderful wife who teaches/helps me understand what it takes to raise children. My wife is a blessing for me in my life. My profession is software quality assurance. Even though some health issues makes me do things slower, I like doing indoor and outdoor activies. I've worked with ham radios, and have done some art work (pencil sketchings and charcoal). I am a great fan and supporter for each member of my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home and was taught the principles and doctrine of the Mormon faith by my parents, and by many members who attended the LDS church in my area. Even though I lived and grew up in the LDS church environment, I was tought to learn for myself if the church is true. There are two experiences in my life that I feel are reasons why I am a Mormon. The first event is when I was in high school I had the opportunity to participate in a church choir which was to sing in an LDS Church area conference to be held in the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium. On the day of the event, I was fortunate enough to have a seat a couple levels up from the stadium grass floor and next to the entrance and/or exit where then President Spencer W. Kimball (the churches president and prophet at that time) would enter and exit. Upon his departure, he stopped at the exit, turned around to the audience and waved. I was not more than 10 feet away when feelings come upon me stating with assurity he is a prophet, he does talk with God, and he is leading His church on the earth. I remember this feeling vividly. The other experience was some months before I was going to serve a church mission. A work associate of mine, who was not of the Mormon faith, commented that he received a vision similar to that of Joseph Smith. As he talked, I was setback; probably more stunned than anything. I did not feel the Lord would do this but I did not know. Because of the questions I was asking myself, it was then I realized my testimony was waivering and I didn't like it. If I was to teach other's the gospel, I wanted a testimony that was firm and unshakeable. I began to read the Book of Mormon, I asked God if the Book is true, and it is--the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and translated the Book of Mormon. I know President Thomas Monson is a prophet today. I know Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, God loves me, and He loves all of his children on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by starting and ending each day with a personal prayer. I strive to include personal scripture study too during the day. I will admit, I forget some days to say a prayer and to read my scriptures. Every morning and evening I gather my family together to say a prayer. Each Sunday, I attend church services where I may worship with others in our ward. Some Sundays I teach men assigned gospel topics. I enter the LDS church temples and assist in the performance of the work being done. I sustain my local and general church leaders.