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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a Mormon, a husband, father, grandfather, retired hospital administrator, outdoorsman and currently a volunteer missionary.

About Me

I grew up in Utah in a divorced family when divorce was not so common. My mother was a remarkable lady who taught me right from wrong and helped me understand that I was a child of God. I served a two year mission in Canada as a young man, spent six years in the Army Reserve, and graduated from BYU and the University of Utah. I have a Masters degree is in Social Work, but have worked most of my career in administration of healthcare services. In 2011 I retired from hospital administration and have been serving an 18-month church mission in Taiwan. I enjoyed playing many sports as a young man. Now that I am older the sports I continue are hiking, walking with my wife, and biking---both mountain and road biking. The mountains and deserts of Utah are incredibly beautiful. I am very blessed to be in my sixties and still able to participate in so many outdoor activities with family and friends. My family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are my greatest loves. I have a testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ and the restoration of His gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and study of the scriptures provides me with real guidance in our world. I especially love reading the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. I find great joy in serving in the church and have been blessed to help others come to, and in some cases, return to Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon but had to find out for myself the truth of what I was taught as a boy growing up in Utah. I studied philosophy and the social sciences with a passion. I learned a great deal, and some of it disagreed with my faith in a living God and his Son Jesus Christ. I challenged both my religioius learning and my secular learning. But during these years, deep in my heart I continued to know that God really does live, I am one of his many sons, he loves me, and blesses me. I found that if I simply continued giving my scriptures regular and meaningful study time, along with my secular learning, my testimony of a living God and His son Jesus Christ remained strong. Through prayer, reading the scriptures, and listening to the guidance of church leaders I find real joy in life, and the answers to life's challenges. Life was not meant to be easy. We are citizens on this earth to learn, to grow, and to prove to ourselves and our Father in Heaven the nature of our character. Challenges and obstacles to overcome strengthen us and make us more like our example, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to live in a manner consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Serving others in formal church callings or just as a caring neighbor brings real satisfaction. The scriptures, both ancient and modern give me the guidance to know what God expects of me.