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Hi I'm Ron

My grandparents were converts to the Church in Denmark and I spent my first 23 working years as a pilot in the Air Force.

About Me

I was raised in a small community about 20 miles outside of Salt Lake City. I attended the University of Utah on an athletic scholarship and entered the Air Force in January of 1957. I and my family spent the next 23 years in the Air Force. My assignments included flying F-86’s in Tripoli Libya, Serving as a nuclear releasing agent at Aviano Italy, teaching flight training at Enid, Oklahoma, serving as a forward air controller in Viet Nam, teaching flight training again at Chandler, Arizona, serving as an Operations Officer of a squadron of Minute Man II Missiles at Grand Forks, North Dakota, and my last assignment as Professor of Aero Space Science at the North Dakota State University in Fargo. I spent the next few years as a professor in the Aviation Department at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. I then went into business for myself working in insurance and securities from 1983 to 1990. My last job before retirement in the year 2000 was teaching Quality Assurance courses at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. My wife, Marilyn, and I have 6 children, 15 grand children, and 11 great grand children. Since retirement our activities seem to be centered around our posterity who live in States stretching from Oregon to South Carolina and serving in many assignment for the Church. For recreation I like to play golf, and Marilyn enjoys dabbling in many arts and crafts.

Why I am a Mormon

My father joined the Church with his mother in Copenhagen, Denmark as a young man. He served a mission for the Church in Denmark from 1920 to 1922 and then came to the United States. My mother was the first child in her family born in the United States and her parents and older sisters joined the Church in Denmark before they came to the United States. As a youth, I remember, taking the Church for granted as did most of my friends. However, as time went by, through the teachings of my parents, through study and prayer, and the influence of strong priesthood leaders who could answer all of my questions, my testimony of the truth of the Church and the Book of Mormon became strong. This is a process that has gone on throughout my live. I remember during my first few years in the Air Force, I was called to be the gospel doctrine teacher wherever we were. This opportunity gave me reason to study the scriptures with more intent and resulted in increased testimony. Today I have read the Book of Mormon many times. It is a second witness that Jesus is the Christ. It contains the records of many prophets as does the Bible. I know that Joseph Smith could not have written it. In fact no man or single prophet could have written it. Therefore the Book of Mormon has to be what Joseph Smith said it is. And, if that is true, then Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I know that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration and that he restored to the earth the Church of Jesus Christ as it existed in the meridian of time. I also know that you can know the same through honest study of the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

The knowledge of, where did I come from, why am I here, and where am I going, effects everything that I do. I know that I am a child of God and that He is the father of our spirits. I know that Jesus opened the door of resurrection and that we will live forever as resurrected beings. I also know that Jesus suffered for our sins and that we can repent and be forgiven when we don’t follow His plan of happiness. In the 1st book of Moses, the Lord said: 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. 40 And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto thee concerning this earth upon which thou standest; and thou shalt write the things which I shall speak. 41 And in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as naught and take many of them from the book which thou shalt write, behold, I will raise up another like unto thee; and they shall be had again among the children of men—among as many as shall believe. (end of quote) The requirements for the Lord’s plan of happiness in this life, and eternal life in the world to come, does not change. They are clearly stated in the scriptures both old and new. In our old age Marilyn and I are trying to help bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of family and friends. If you have questions, please ask.