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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a native Arizonan, a high school math teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of three boys. My wife and I worked very hard to raise our boys with good values and standards. We were successful having each son earn his Eagle Scout Award. I have been teaching high school math for around 20 years and love teaching. I recently earned the title of Noyce Scholar and have been working with the local university in their Project Pathways program. It is designed to bridge the gap between high school and university based mathematics courses.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I really believe in this faith. I have studied the gospel all of my life. I grew up attending meetings on Sunday, going to primary and young mens activities during the week and attending seminary while in high school. Being a Mormon easily became a way of life that I was comfortable with. I am a fifth generation Mormon and my parents and grandparents set a good example for me to follow. Their examples taught me at an early age the importance of living His gospel. I found my own testimony while in high school. I was asked to lead a seminary class with several students who weren't living the gospel. I prayed to my Heavenly Father for ways to help the class and these students embrace the gospel in their daily lives. The young teacher really struggled each day to teach meaningful lessons and many students were not cooperating. I worked really hard to get the students to listen and participate in class. By the end of the school year the teacher was teaching great lessons and the class was winning competitions against other classes. I soon realized through all of my prayers and efforts that the Lord was not just helping the struggling students he was helping me too. Gaining a testimony was not a huge monumental event. It came in many many small ways until I couldn't deny the influence of the Spirit. I new God lived and that he heard my prayers. I new my Heavenly Father loved me. His son, Jesus Christ, was my savior. I gained an appreciation for Joseph Smith and his efforts to restore Christ's church upon the earth. He was a true prophet of God. We have a prophet of God today and my life is blessed when I follow his counsel. I continue to have experiences in my life that testify of the truthfulness of God and His church.

How I live my faith

I actively participate each week with my ward assignments. I currently serve in the bishopric, a supervisory position in the ward, which keeps me pretty busy. Early each Sunday morning a group of five in the bishopric meet to plan and organize the day's activities. We prayerfully consider which members of the ward to invite to speak in sacrament meetings and to fill callings in the various organizations. We also meet with larger committees to discuss the weekly activities and any needs the members may have as we try to strengthen them and their familes in the gospel. I really like helping the Primary, a children's organization which teaches young children basic gospel principles. I enjoy attending singing time, hearing them give talks, read scriptures, and sing songs. During the week I help with the 12 and 13 year old boys in the scouting program.