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Hi I'm Rex Jensen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a dairy farm in Logandale, Nevada. For much of my growing up years, I awoke at 4 a.m. to go with my father to milk cows. I did much of the farming and tractor driving. My dad loved basketball and taught me to love it too. I ended up being pretty good. I was a high school All-American, average 25 points a game, and played collegiate basketball at the University of Nevada, Reno. I served an LDS mission to Florida, Georgia and Alabama. I majored in political science in college and graduated with a secondary teaching degree. Following college, I served as an officer in the United States Army, attended helicopter school, and flew CH-47 Chinook helicopters. I served a one year tour of duty in South Korea, where our first child was born. I married Pamela Robertson in 1971 and we have six children and fourteen grandchildren. I am a writer, a gardener, and a teacher. I have been a self-employed businessman much of my life, but I also served in the military for three years, worked for WordPerfect, and taught high school. I started the first local internet service in Moapa Valley Nevada.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents both served full time missions to Texas, and later as a couple to Nauvoo, Illinois. My parents were always active and faithful to the LDS faith. The doctrines, principles, and practices of the church always agreed with me, and they rang true, and I saw the fruits of those truths in the lives of many people, including my own life. I was one who always believed the church was true. But as a missionary, I had several profound spiritual experiences which testified of the truth of the restored gospel to me.

How I live my faith

Latter-day Saint young men are expected to serve a full time mission. I served in the Florida Mission from 1965 to 1967, and it was a wonderful and profound experience for me. I married Pamela Robertson in the St George, Utah temple in 1972. I have served in most every ward leadership position there is, and in many stake positions as well. I have served as the Young Men's President, Elders Quorum president, High Priest Group leader (three times), a counselor in the bishopric, and bishop. I have also served on the stake high council, and other stake positions. I served as Bishop of the Logandale Fourth Ward from 2001 to 2006. This was a wonderful and profound experience for me, and forever changed me because of that service. I love the scriptures, and my wife and I read the scriptures daily. In 2012, we were called to serve as ordinance workers in the Las Vegas, Nevada Temple. We love working in the temple, it is another profound experience. We are anxious to serve a full time mission together in the near future.

What is being a Mormon like?

Rex Jensen
Being a Mormon means you have many close friends who you see at least once a week, usually more often than that. It means you attend church every Sunday, and with your many friends whom you know and love. It means you get to serve in the church in a wide variety of positions, from teaching young children, to teaching adults, to leading organizations, a ward, or a stake. It means serving a full time mission when you turn nineteen, and again when you are able to in your older years. It means have two priesthood holders visit your family at least every month, and leave a message. It means have two women visit the women of the church, in their home, at least once a month. It means sacrificing to have children, sacrificing for others, and sacrificing for the cause of Christ. It means bearing testimony of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the restored gospel, often. It means having personal and family prayers every morning and every night. It means laboring at the local welfare farm (orchards, farms, canning facilities, etc) with other members, so the less fortunate can have food provided them if necessary. It means fasting (going without food or drink) for 24 hours at least once a month, and contributing to the fast offering fund which is given to those in need by the local bishop. It means dressing modestly. It means not drinking alcohol, using tobacco, coffee or tea. It means no wild parties. It means fidelity in marriage, and knowing your spouse is faithful to you. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Rex Jensen
Church is not a fashion show among Latter-day Saints, but we wear our best. Men typically wear white shirts, ties, and a suit. Women wear modest dresses, skirts and blouses. But any attire is acceptable. Because we know how people dress, affects how they act, members are encouraged to wear the best they have. Members of the Church celebrate Christmas and Easter, as significant Christian events. We celebrate other holidays as well, but the church takes no particular note of them in our worship services. Show more Show less