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Hi I'm Gordon Roylance

I am a software developer. I just ran my first marathon. My wife and I have five children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, my brothers and I would hike into the mountains to camp and fish. I love the outdoors! I helped my dad and brother in a family construction business until I finished college. Working in the hot sun all day or the freezing cold was a great motivating factor to get an education. After several years of working a desk job, programming, I quickly learned that I needed to find new interests that included some physical exercise. I started running about five years ago. I have ran in six Ragnar relay series, a couple half marathons, and just last year I ran my first marathon. I am currently trying to figure out how to swim long distance so I'll be ready for my first sprint triathlon next month. I have five sisters and two brothers. My parents just celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. I have one son and four daughters. I served a two year volunteer mission to the Ukraine, Russian speaking. My wife also served a mission to Venezuela. I feel very blessed to have a large family that loves one another and enjoys being together. I have great friends and neighbors. They are great examples of how the Savior lived. I am grateful to them for their friendship.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found peace and happiness in living Christ-like principals and serving my family, friends and neighbors. I believe many people around the world are searching for spiritual peace and happiness, but simply don't know where to find it. I firmly believe that when Jesus Christ said, "by their fruits you shall know them" that this is the best way to find the right people to surround yourself in life. I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the restored church patterned after the church our Savior established in his mortal existence over 2000 years ago. In all of my experiences in connection with this church I have found that the Spirit of God is directing, enlightening and encouraging all to follow the example of Jesus Christ. When I feel the Spirit there is a warmth that covers my whole body and I feel peace. I believe this to be the peace He promised to send to those who will strive to follow him.

How I live my faith

In our Sunday service we have an hour dedicated to learning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the youth meet in their own age groups. I often get the opportunity to lead a discussion about many different spiritual topics. I am continually impressed by how the young adults in our area know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They want to live it and are actively trying their best to live as our Savior did. As I share my life experiences, I feel that I am able to connect with these great youth. I also recently spent three years with twelve and thirteen year old young men. We would camp, give charitable service, work on Boy Scout merit badges and spend an hour each Sunday discussing the responsibility of the priesthood that we hold. I found that these young men have a great capacity for spirituality and a desire to be true Christian followers. I recently had the privilege to meet a friend of one of the young women who was not a member or our church during one of our Sunday School discussions. I enjoyed learning more about her and her feelings about life. I love sharing my testimony with the youth and hearing the beliefs of others.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Gordon Roylance
Heavenly Father has provided this earthly experience so we can learn both good and evil. As we learn the significance of how our actions impact those around us, and ourselves, we quickly desire to feel good and to be treated in a good way by others. This was part of his plan. He wanted us to desire to be good and strive to be full of love, mercy and sound judgement, just like Him. Our actions which contradict His wholesome nature and commandments are considered sin. His perfect justice enforces the punishment associated with the broken law caused by our sins. Also, all sin disqualify us from being able to live in His kingdom. Before he sent us to this earth He knew we would need divine assistance to overcome the consequences of our sins. Our sins separate us from Him and so we are not able to be truly happy. We need to be saved from an endless state of existence where we are miserable--we needed a Savior. I testify that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for the sins of those who will repent, follow him and keep his commandments. I have felt the power of Jesus Christ's atonement in my life. This divine act of mercy can be applied to anyone who has sinned. His sacrifice for us makes it possible to change how we act, it makes it possible to change our very nature. It provides a hope that we can be forgiven for our sins and be washed clean and be worthy to live in His presence. I testify that we can have the pure love and joy He has if we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Show more Show less