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Hi I'm Rodney Iverson

I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I am a retired teacher having spent 29 years in the classroom and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I came to Las Vegas in 1980 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin for the three letter word that starts with "j" and rhymes with "ob". My wife and I have 3 married daughters and six grandchildren. I enjoyed a rewarding career as and elementary school teacher in the Clark County School District. In 1989 I received the Excellence In Education award from the school district for a History of Nevada social studies program that I developed and implemented into my classroom curriculum. I love to play racquetball and try to play four times a week. I've won three or four tournament over the 35 plus years. I would often use the example with my students that I was only as good as the amount of effort that I made and that the more I practiced the better I became. I tried to apply a modified version of the old adage, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink, you've got to make him thirsty." That's what I did with my students, I tried to make them thirsty to learn and achieve. Each year a few of them would buy into that concept and would just soar. Those experiences were my real paydays. My wife and I travel a little now, which is very enjoyable, and we visit our daughters and grandkids at least once a year.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents that were active members of the church, so I grew up in a home that practiced the principles of our church. As I grew in age and maturity I also grew in my understanding of the teachings of the church and I could see that all the teachings made sense and I felt comfortable and good about them. We are taught that everyone needs to come to their own understanding of the truthfulness of the church. Through prayer and study a witness of the truth was borne to me by the Holy Ghost. I came to know for and of myself that the teachings were true. I also learned that by keeping the laws and commandments I was blessed in my life by God, our Heavenly Father. One of the major expectations in the church is for the young men to become missionaries and serve in that capacity for two years. For a long time after I was of age to become a missionary, I didn't feel my faith was strong enough to fulfill that calling. After surviving a motorcycle crash, I felt like I had been preserved for the purpose of serving as a misssionary. I submitted the necessary paperwork and was send to Sweden where I worked for two years teaching the principles of our faith. Through diligent effort, faith, and the blessings of God, I learned the Swedish language. Seeing lives of the Swedish people changed by living the principles of the Gospel help strengthen my own testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Living the Gospel has helped me to be a better husband to my wife and father to my daughters, and grandfather to my grandchildren. I know these things are true and have been so blessed in my life by living those principles. It's not always easy, but it is always worth it.

How I live my faith

I live the tenets of my faith by trying to serve others where I see a need. I attend my church meetings regularly, pay my tithes and offerings and love and honor my wife. I found I was most successful in the classroom when I tried to find the "good" in each of my students. The same holds true for all others. If I look for the good in others I am more accepting and more willing to share and serve. For many years I have functioned as a community representative for the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association coordinating fund raising activities. When asked I have provided rides for members of our church to doctor appointments, transportation for people to the hospital to visit a friend or relative, and assisted in helping many people move. Many Sundays I pick someone up and bring them to church. I always try to be honest in my dealing with others. I have served in our church many times, not surprisingly, as a teacher both of the youth and of adults. Anytime I get to teach I'm happy. I have worked with our missionaries in teaching others about the principles of our church.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Rodney Iverson
Our focus is on emulating the Savior. If I sincerely try to emulate the Savior, then I'm going to act in unselfish ways toward my wife and children and put their needs and wants first. Show more Show less