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Hi I'm Rusty

I'm an immigration lawyer, weekend warrior triathlete, I love to boat and play with my four kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to spend time with my family above all else. My wife, four kids and I love to boat together, play together, take trips together, and have family movie night. We're all pretty active people. I run my own law practice, and my wife runs the home, which entails volunteering at 3 different schools and coordinating piano lessons, dance, baseball, swimming, cross country, etc. In the few precious moments I have to myself, I try to train for the 3 - 4 triathlons I do each year. As the kids get older and more involved, time spent together becomes more of a challenge. That's why I love family dinners and Sundays. At family dinner I get to catch up with what everyone is doing at school, we talk about current events, and just spend time together. On Sunday, we limit our other activities and focus purely on family and church. The week gets pretty crazy, so I'm grateful for that day that we can sleep in, I can concoct one of my famous pancake recipes for the kids, we can go to church together, and get ready to do it all over again come Monday.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the faith. My mom converted as a teenager, and I'm 7th generation on my father's side, going all the way back to the pioneers that trekked to Utah on foot. But there comes a time when everyone must gain a testimony for themselves. I grew up going to church and going through all the motions of a Mormon youth, but I don't know that I really gained a strong testimony of this Gospel until I became a missionary at age 19. Knowing that I was going to spend two years full-time teaching and trying to convert others, I had to really know it for myself first. There was no "ah ha" moment for me; it just resonated, and the more I taught people about the Gospel, the more it made sense to me. I am a Mormon because I believe it is true. I believe that Jesus Christ established his Gospel while He was on the earth, that His Church was lost from the earth for a time, but that He restored it through a modern-day prophet. I believe that the Bible contains His words, and that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ that was written by ancient prophets on the American continent. I believe that God wants us all as His children to have, as Paul told the Ephesians, "one Lord, one faith and one baptism." He sent us here to earth to learn and to grow, so that we can eventually return to live with him one day. I couldn't follow something that didn't make sense to me, and this just makes sense.

How I live my faith

Hopefully I live my faith through example. Through my work I have the privilege to see people who come from other cultures and faiths on a daily basis. I am inspired as I see them hold true to the religious principles they adhere to, despite living in a foreign culture that does things differently. I try to emulate that same ethic, by living in the world yet holding true to the principles and guidelines of my faith. It is always my goal to share my beliefs with others, but nobody will listen if they don't first see me practice what I preach. I try to set an example that my kids can follow. I want them to see that they can have lots of fun and do whatever they want to in life, with all their schooling, friends, sports and other activities, yet not compromise. It is very possible to "live in the world, but not of the world."