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Hi I'm Ray

I love to take pictures. I listen to classical and jazz on vinyl. I enjoy spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married to my wife Jennifer for 26 1/2 years. We are the parents of four wonderful children, and the grandparents of three of the most adorable grandchildren ever. My family is my pride and joy, my greatest accomplishment in this life. I currently work as a sales operations coordinator for a large corporation; the majority of what I do is customer service oriented, and often requires a great deal of patience. Photography has been a big hobby of mine since I was 7, so I do some freelance work as well. Music has been an integral part of my life, as I was born to musical parents who instilled in me a love for classical and jazz. When I'm not playing the piano (which is not often enough), one could find me listening to my favorite music on vintage stereo equipment, or building up my collection of vinyl. I occasionally DJ church dances and wedding receptions as well.

Why I am a Mormon

It is my personal witness that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives for the better. I watched this change take place in my father, who returned to full activity in the Church after being dormant for many years. It was this newly found, genuine happiness from living the Gospel teachings that made me want to experience the same for myself. When finally given the opportunity to receive the missionary lessons, the examples that I had been given, as well as the witness of the Holy Ghost, made it easy for me to accept the things that I was being taught, and which I cherish to this day. I was baptized two days after my fourteenth birthday. Conversion does not stop there, though, nor does it guarantee perfection -- it is a lifelong process that necessitates living according to the divine plan and will of our Father in Heaven. The Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ is a priceless gift that provides us the opportunity to repent and be cleansed of our sins, and in turn experience joy that nothing else in this world can offer. I have seen the Atonement change lives for the better. The ordinances and blessings that I have received in the years since have solidified my belief in and love for my Father in Heaven, and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. They have a divine plan for each of us, and it is in living according to that plan that we obtain our greatest happiness. I had the privilege of sharing that plan with others as a full time missionary, and have continued to grow in my testimony as I have served in various callings since.

How I live my faith

As Church members, we have been counseled that 'through small and simple things, great things are brought to pass', with reference to daily prayer and scripture study. They may not solve all of the world's problems, but they are indispensable tools as we face life's challenges on a daily basis. I strive to learn from the scriptures with each reading, and as we read together as a family, and pray together, we grow closer to one another. Many years ago, I was given some very wise counsel that there is no such thing as 'climbing the ladder in the Lord's kingdom' -- in other words, that one should not 'jockey' for, or aspire to leadership positions in the Church. I firmly believe that the Lord qualifies who He calls to certain positions, not the other way around. That being said, you can imagine my astonishment and sense of inadequacy when I was called to preside over my local church unit as a bishop. I say now, as I did then, that I am by no means a great scriptorian or orator, but I do have ears to listen, a heart to understand, and hands to do the work. Possessing those qualities will greatly enhance my ability to serve those over whom I preside, and to lead by example. Living our faith is not just an optional Sunday activity; as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it's who we are and what we do on a daily basis. It is through living our faith daily that we receive the most happiness.