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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a convert from upstate New York. I joined while serving in the US Air Force in Michigan in 1970. I'm a Mormon

About Me

My family, my wife, six children and I, have lived all over the world. I love my seven grandkids. I also love playing golf. I worked for 17 years on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs with NASA as a contractor in Houston, Texas. We recently moved to Arizona to be near our children and grandchildren. My wife and I love to travel and will be doing much more of it as we prepare to retire from our jobs. We've met and made so many wonderful friends while serving in the Air Force and traveling to many nations and places. The best things in life are having family and life-long friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church because I felt the spirit during my investigation process. My future wife had joined a year before we became serious about getting married and she wanted to marry a member of the church. We had known each other for years before she joined. She got me interested in the church and I started talking to the Missionaries. After several months of soul searching, asking questions and prayerful study, I made the decision to join the church in 1970. I was baptized in Michigan and have been a member now for over 43 years. I have a personal witness that the church contains the fullness of the gospel and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Joseph Smith was a prophet of god. I found this sure knowledge through prayer and study and by living as faithfully as I can the commandments of God and by following the church’s teachings. My life has been richly blessed with wonderful opportunities to be a husband, father and now a grandfather and to serve in a variety of church service opportunities. My wife and I have seen over 50 people (including family members) join the church because of our example as faithful Latter-day Saints. We have been blessed by our devotion to living the church’s teachings and by following them in living our lives and by providing service to others. I have watched my three sons serve missions and now a granddaughter is in training for a mission to Argentina. The gospel changed my life 43 years ago and provided me with meaningful experiences and the opportunity to help countless others. I know this is the true church on the earth today!

How I live my faith

I currently teach an adult Sunday School class to about 120 people every other week in our Ward, but I have served in many various leadership capacities in the church over the past 40 plus years, and with moving as often as career military families do, we sometimes have the same opportunities to serve several times in different locations. I also serve as a home teacher and love being asked to visit other members of my ward family. Home teaching is the best form of service in the church, because it's all about caring for other people and that is what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. Every month I get to visit my assigned families and leave them a message of hope and love. I'm also asked to help them with their home projects and with family needs. Having the opportunity to give blessings to both my family and those I home teach is also a great opportunity and happiness in my life. When we lived in Tucson AZ many years ago, I was serving as a local leader. The organization I was asked to chair helped plan and execute the refurbishment of a trailer to provide a homeless member of our ward a place to live on his own. I like to think that not only did we have a great opportunity to give service, but we gave this man the chance to have his own productive and happy life. This project got members from all the various organizations involved in the "trailer project" and truly blessed our ward through service. At another assignment in Germany, we were able to help two small branches, one of Americans and one of Germans, join together and renovate a small building into a meeting house for their combined worship services. Feeling the spirit in that chapel was one of the sweetest experiences of my life.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Ron
One principal my wife and I have always obeyed faithfully is the paying of tithes and offerings. When we were first married, we made very little money, probably less than $300 per month and we quickly added two wonderful children to our family under these circumstances. Even though it was difficult to find $35 each month for tithing and offerings, we paid it faithfully each month, forgoing many items we called luxuries, but most would call necessities. Despite that challenge, the Lord blessed our family and provided us with food and clothing and enough money to even have a small savings when we left the Air Force just three years after our marriage. Our life has continued to be blessed by the principle of paying tithes and offerings to the church and through this blessing we have been able to help each of our children with their education and life expenses over the years. We have a steadfast testimony of the principle of paying full tithes and offerings; it has made our lives more meaningful to share not only spiritual experiences but also to be able to share materially with our family and friends. Show more Show less