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Hi I'm Roger

I am a single dad and IT executive with a PhD. I grew up in Los Angeles, but have called Ohio home for 16 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Being a single dad is tough, especially with four teenagers. I find joy in little moments with them. I enjoy music, especially singing and guitar. I am a senior Information Technology leader with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Study and learning are important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon at age 9 when my older sister and mother joined. It meant little to me at first, but as I started attending meetings, participating with new friends, and living the principles I was taught and shown through example, I found that I felt better about myself and my quality of life improved. Coming from a challenging home environment, I found peace and a solid foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I served a two-year, full-time mission in Osaka, Japan. Soon after I arrived, it realized I didn't know for myself that Jesus Christ was my personal Savior. I studied. I prayed. I hungered to know. Then it came. I knew. I know. I will not deny it. Jesus Christ loves me, and I know it. In recent years, other trials have broken my heart and caused my knees to tremble. Once again, the eyes of my understanding were opened, and I learned that it is truly possible to find "peace in this world" through Jesus Christ. I see the Savior's hand in my life more than ever, and in the lives of those I love. Truly, He is the Prince of Peace. I am a Mormon because I have tried the word of God to see if it is true, and I have learned for myself that it is true. When I read the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, I see and understand the love that God and His Son have for me. I became a Mormon because my family loved me. I stay a Mormon because God loves me.

How I live my faith

I try to live what I believe everywhere I go and in all I do. I coach soccer for my son's team. We don't play soccer; we build boys into men. In my community, I serve in school and civic organizations where I can bring the principles of truth, morality, peace, and kindness into the lives of leaders and community residents. Service is rendered one-on-one. I enjoy serving others through a kind word or deed. I admit I have trouble doing "secret acts of kindness" because I am terrible at keeping something so fun a secret--I laugh or smile too much or just can't keep from telling them how much I love them. Everyone has a story, and I love to hear those stories. The more I listen, the more I am enriched by the faith and courage of others. If I can share with them something of what I believe, then we rise together. Regardless of where I am or who I am with, I find joy in trying to see others as the Savior would see them. When I remember to do that, no one can give offense that I cannot gracefully turn aside. No one can try my patience beyond my capacity.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Roger
Church meeting houses are used for daily meetings such as worship services, youth activity nights, and social gatherings for families or other groups. They are places where we meet together to strengthen one another. While we respect and care for our Church buildings, they are meant to be used--by everyone for any good purpose--as often as needed. In contrast, temples are special buildings dedicated to performing ordinances (sacred rites performed under the authority of the priesthood) that we believe are necessary in our journey home to Heavenly Father. Those ordinances give us knowledge and let us enter into covenants (sacred promises) with Heavenly Father. We perform those ordinances first for ourselves, then, as we return to the temple, we can serve our family, and all of the human family, by performing those ordinances for others who have passed from this life. In the process, we have a chance to listen, learn, ponder, and pray about the covenants we previously made ourselves. Because of the sacred and serious nature of the covenants we make, we do not share details of those ordinances outside of the temple. In addition, only church members who demonstrate commitment to living the principles of the gospel may enter the temple. All members are invited to become and remain worthy to enter the temple, receive the sacred ordinances, then return again and again to deepen their understanding and serve our ancestors. Show more Show less