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Hi I'm Ray

Father of five children. We will leave in March to serve a mission in Argentina. Retired BSA Executive. I am a Mormon.

About Me

As a child my parents moved a lot. Mostly in Arizona and Utah. By the time I graduated from High School I had relocated 39 times. My junior year in High School was my first that I spent the full year in the same School. I beleive it helped me meet people and get aquainted fast, but it sure was hard on accdemics. I had to study hard in college in order to get through, but a loving wife helped me make it. My majors were in Industrial Technology and Engineering. But, when I graduated I went to work for the Boy Scouts of America. It was a great job where I worked with good people, ran Scout Camps, organizes many high adventure activities (including snowmobile trips in and around Yellowstone National Park and whitewater river trips) and became a Scout Executive in a large council (directed 12,000 plus youth, 5,000 plus adult volunteers and a staff of 21.) Durring my life I have served in most ward positions and several stake positions. I served a mission in Argentina and now much to my delight my wife and I have been called to return as senior missionaries.

Why I am a Mormon

I am fourth generation LDS. I can honestly say that I have never doubted that the church is true. There have been times that I was somewhat lax, but I have always attend church and carried out my callings. The scriptures are precious to me and I know that they are the word of God. I have struggled with some challenges in my life and I am working to live better. I suppose that I will always struggle with pride. I am a Mormon because there have been many times that the Lord has revealed to me that His church on earth is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have helped several people find the church through baptism, and the joy that they and I feel is exquisite. I know that God loves us.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as a Cubmaster in our ward, which is ironic since I spent 33 years teaching others how to be Scout leaders. Before this position my wife and I served as den leaders for the Wolf Den. We really learned to love those eight-year-old boys. I also serve as an instructor in our high priest group and home teacher. Making the switch from ward leadership positions to these positions was hard for me at first, but I learned that it doesn't matter where you serve. It matters that you do serve and there is just as much joy in one calling as in another.

Are Mormons Christians?

Ray
If believing in Jesus Christ and taking his name upon oneself makes you a Christian then yes we are Christians. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Ray
Baptism is the way that one can become clean from sin and join the Church of Jesus Christ. Examples in the bible, such as John the Baptist and Christ's twelve apostles, show that the proper authority was necessary. Show more Show less