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Hi I'm Ralph Mickelson

I'm from Utah. My passion is designing economic houses with South facing windows; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a twin. I grew up (5'-2") in a small Utah town. I was never accused of being smart, and had a tendency to avoid hard work. After marriage, which was the best thing I ever did, I found out that what I avoided as a youth is what seemed to be required in order to make a good living. I got a technical degree in Architectural Drafting, which I enjoyed doing, but soon discovered the reality that this field of work was at the low end of the pay scale. Moving to the North West increased the pay scale some but my income improved greatest as I combined my drafting skills with the hard work of digging ditches and installing sprinkler systems, as a self-employed contractor. Contracting is often a feast and famine type business but after thirteen years, during one of the famine periods, we decided to pack-up the seven children and move back home to Utah. In 1983 Utah experienced a lot of flooding. Many farmers were converting from flood irrigation to sprinklers and I felt that I could keep busy there. We would also be closer to my parents and family. Soon after we moved I was offered a temporary technical drafting job with the Soil Conservation Service. This later evolved into a full time position from which I retired twenty two years later. My hobby and passion for building and remodeling houses has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience. But the greatest and most rewarding experience is credited to my wife who gave birth, life, and character to our nine children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon Church. Growing up in the church I could never understand why people would get emotional and start to cry about things as they testified of Jesus Christ. As a youth I went to church sponsored scout camps and enjoyed hunting and fishing but going to church was just one of those pre-requisite things I did so I could do all the other fun stuff. I joined the National Guard after High School. Upon returning from Basic Training at age 19 my twin brother told me that most of our friends had gone on missions for the church and he thought that this would be something we should do also. Well, it sounded exciting enough so we made preparations and filled out application to serve. It was an exciting day when our calls came and we were both called to serve in New Zealand. At a fairwell church meeting I stood at the pulpit to thank everyone for teaching me and then I commenced, for the first time in my life, to testify that "Jesus was the Christ". When I said those words my soul became filled with shivers of light and truth. I have reflected and shared that experience many times since then and each time the spirit confirms that testimony. He is my Savior. He Lives.

How I live my faith

My real church activity began as a Missionary. I loved the New Testament books. They became the intellectual bases of my Testimony. The Book of Mormon, as a second witness for Jesus Christ, cemented the doctrine of Christ's law and Gospel more perfectly to my understanding. When I returned from my mission I got married and we started our own family. Satin has a way of making the world and the acquisition of stuff, seem more important than God and His Kingdom on Earth. I confess that I have been drawn to wrong side of the line in many instances. It's hard to remember that we are Spiritual Beings, sent here to earth to have a Mortal Experience, but as I remember this it helps me make those choices to seek first the Kingdom of God. And God is not slack concerning His promises, for my life has been abundantly blessed. I have had the opportunity to serve in many church leadership positions which has expanded my skills and abilities to progress in my employment as well. Service to our fellowman is a kin to service to God. We are now retired and find much joy in continued service. We have served missions in South Africa and Vermont. Even though it is a sacrifice to leave our family of nine children and twenty nine grandchildren, God has His own economy of compensation. Somehow, the more we give, the more we are given. It is such a joy to see someone embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be filled with the Spirit of God.