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Hi I'm Rodney

I grew up in Rupert, Idaho. I was a river guide, a trail builder, an adventurer and a family man. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the brother of five sisters. We grew up during the depression, but had a great time (we didn't know we didn't have money). My family wasn't active in the Church until I followed a pretty girl to church, heard a sermon on missionaries and decided to go on a mission. My life changed after that. I married a beautiful woman and had five children. I was a professional scouter, a guide on the Salmon River, built trails in remote mountain locations, had adventures in Alaska with some of my children, and was finally a dog groomer. One of my final adventures was a mission to the Micronesian islands in the pacific with my sweetheart, Violet. I am getting old now, but life hasn't stopped. Violet and I have a long line of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who find their way to our little trailer home for visits.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was born a Mormon even though my family wasn't active in the Church. I got involved in the church when I followed a pretty girl to church when I was a teenager. A wonderful bishop kept me coming to church long after my interest in the girl waned. I knew very little about the Gospel and the Church, but when my bishop gave a lesson on missionaries one Sunday I decided I wanted to go on a mission. My preparations to go on a mission helped my family get more active in the church. We were sealed together as a family in the Idaho Falls temple when I was eighteen. I did go on a mission although I was unprepared. I thought I would be helping old people with chores. I didn't know I would be preaching the Gospel. It was an investigator who helped me with my testimony of the Church. We were meeting with him one evening when he said, "The Book of Mormon is a wonderful book, isn't it." He must have saw a doubt in my eyes because he said, "You have read it, haven't you?" I hadn't read it, but I went back to the apartment that night and began reading it. I finished it in a few days after reading late into the night and early in the morning and my testimony of its divine origin and truthfulness came. I have read it many times since and it continues to grow my testimony of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been a strength to me all my life. By living the Gospel of Jesus Christ I have had the joy of the guidance of the Holy Ghost, something I could not live without. I know this Church is the restored Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today. It is led by Jesus Christ through apostles and prophets today.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ taught about service by word and action. The Church has given me many opportunities to serve God throughout my life. I have been a Home Teacher for sixty years, a Sunday school teacher, a scout master, and many other things. Within these callings I have had the joy of loving and being loved by many wonderful children of God. Each calling is an opportunity to grow and learn to become more like God and I have always tried to do my best. The lives of my children have given me many opportunities to serve them as they have gone through the trials in their lives. The Gospel may be taught in church, but it is only understood through service to those around you. It is found through working with rowdy scouts or by visiting home teaching families who don't necessarily look forward to your visit. It is understood by trying to make a difference as a ward employment specialist. It is understood by giving a young granddaughter whose family is not interested a ride to young women's because she wants to go. Yes, I have come to understand faith by taking advantage of the opportuniies God has given me to serve.