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Hi I'm Ron McDonald

I am a Mormon from Utah who has lived in the Philippines and several places in the United States.

About Me

I grew up on Salt Lake City's west-side. I received my primary education there, but graduated from Roger Williams College in Bristol, Rhode Island at the same time I retired from a career in the U.S. Navy. My second career was as an Investment Adviser for a large investment firm. I enjoy reading (including the scriptures), and have done some writing--short stories. I have four children and 16 grandchildren. I have previously run for an elective office, but was not elected. I have served on civic boards and commissions to help my community. I am also a member of Kiwanis International, and enjoy working with and supporting the youth of our community, as well as around the world. My wife and I enjoy travel--mostly to New England, where we once lived. We love the natural beauty of the area, and the antiquity that is there. We have learned much about our Nation's history and early beginnings of the establishment of our form of government--the freedoms we have been granted. As a result, we have met many wonderful people that we now call friends.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into a family where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was present, I had to make my own commitment to belong to this church. I was baptized at the age of nine, but was directed more by my parents than a personal desire. I began the process of gaining a testimony over time in my early years, but was not totally committed until some time later. The real intent of my heart was set more fervently after I had read The Book of Mormon. Other modern day scriptures I read also solidified my feelings of wanting to be a faithful member of the church. Prayer was the final test of my desire to be a member. Every day I continue my personal prayer, reading and studying of the scriptures. This process gives me personal strength to go forward in my effort to be a faithful Latter Day Saint. My life has been blessed because of this effort. I don't feel the pressure that others lacking the Gospel of Jesus Christ have. Following the tenets of the Word of Wisdom--abstaining from harmful foods and drink (alcohol, coffee and tea), drugs, etc. have help keep me in a better physical condition. I love the spirit that comes from my active participation and service. I am happy. I am satisfied that what I'm doing is what my Heavenly Father wants me to do. I do so, because I feel better about myself and others, and I want to be worthy to go back to living in the presence of my Father in Heaven. I now know this church is the only true church on the earth, guided by Jesus Christ. I will continue to be true and faithful because He has asked me to do so. If you haven't, I would implore you to do so, that you too may feel of it's warmth and love.

How I live my faith

I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). I have been blessed to have been able to serve in many callings and positions over the years. Each of these positions or callings have given me the opportunity to administer to individuals, groups or classes, or a larger group or congregation. I have shared my gifts and talents with them, and in return have been blessed with personal strength from each of them--as individuals, groups or a congregation as a whole. There is joy in serving others. I visit several families each month to help ensure their needs, temporally and spiritually are being met. These opportunities to serve within my church give rise to serve within the communities I have lived in, and where I now reside. "Where much is given, much is required." I have been given much, thus I feel the need to give back in return. I recognize there are many who need the help and support I can offer. Lifting up those less fortunate than me makes for a better place and society to live in. I know that should I need help, others will step in to support me . . . until that time I will continue to share what I can best offer to those who are in need.