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Hi I'm Ransom

Born in Seattle, Washington, the seventh child of Elbert and Eleanor Love. Raised in the desert of Tucson, Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently the Director of the Communications Services Portfolio in the Information and Computers Services department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my team develops nearly all the external web sites for the Church. Prior to this role, I was the Director of Strategic Relationships for FamilySearch International, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Church. My group was responsible for negotiating all 3rd party relationships with records custodians around the world resulting in access to millions of new records and for creating programs attracting nearly all commercial and non-profit genealogical organizations in the industry. The team was also responsible for the relationships with all technology partners resulting in millions of records being made available to the world. Prior to working with FamilySearch, I was Founder/CEO/ President of Caldera International now called SCO, where I had the privilege of growing the company to one of the largest, global Linux companies in the industry with 13 offices servicing over 82 major markets and to participate in the formation of the Linux industry. I am a strong believer in open, community efforts and feel these principals will help solve many of the world's challenges. My greatest achievement is a husband to Nyla Stein Love and that I have seven children, four wonderful in-laws and one grandson with one more on the way. I love boating with my family, remodeling homes and Lake Powell.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had the blessing of being raised with the gospel all my life. In my family, I was taught to pray, read scriptures and attend my Church meetings. However, when I was 15, I begin to question whether or not I knew if the Church was true. I had not received any manifestations or even a strong impression in answer to prayer. I would hear converts bare strong testimonies of receiving a strong burning in their chest or an overwhelming sense that the gospel was true when they received the missionaries, read the Book of Mormon and prayed. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed. I felt good when I read it but did not feel a strong answer to my prayer. It just so happened that my Sunday School teacher taught a lesson about obtaining a testimony. He suggested that for someone who grew up in the Church, the witness of the truth may be different. He said that throughout your life the Spirit had born witness to the truths as they were taught. For a convert, the Spirit bares witness all at once. This concept struck me. I began to ask if I had received a witness of the truth. I began to remember moments that it had. I then asked the Lord in prayer if I already had received a witness of the truth and received a strong confirmation that I had. I later served a mission in Vina del Mar, Chile. I taught the gospel and literally watched the Spirit transform lives and bring happiness and joy where there was only misery and pain. I felt the power of the Spirit flow through me and touch others lives. I know without a doubt that Jesus is the Christ, the literal Son of God and that He is my brother. Joseph Smith was His prophet. Thomas S. Monson is His prophet today.

How I live my faith

I have tried all my life to live and teach the gospel. My wife and I were married in the Arizona, LDS temple. This was not an easy thing as my wife's parents were not members and she was their only daughter so they could not attend the ceremony. It caused a great tension in the family that resulted in my wife being disowned for a period of time. This was resolved and has been a wonderful blessing. My wife was told she would not have children and we have had seven with one grandson and possibly two on the way. We believe that this miracle happened because of my wife's sacrifice. My wife is currently the President of our young women's organization in the Stake and I am serving as a Leader in the Herriman 3rd Ward. All our sons have gone on missions for the Church. Our youngest son is serving currently in Mexico, Monterrey East Mission. All our children so far, have chosen to be married in the temple for time and all eternity.

Are Mormons Christians?

I believe in Christ with every fiber of my being. I know He is my Savior, my Redeemer, my Lord and my Friend. My true joy in life is when I feel his presence and influence in my life as I strive to follow His teachings and serve my fellow men. I truly do not understand how Mormons cannot be called a Christian as it is the essence of anything good that I am. Show more Show less