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Hi I'm Ralph

I'm a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. I'm retired from business and look to my wife & family for joy.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Northern Utah. Then received a B S degree from a local University. After getting some experience my wife and I founded a medical device manufacturing company making disposable devices for hospital use and other business ventures. During this time we raised our nine children and we took time to serve in the church mostly with the youth. After retiring we accept a call to serve in Indonesia on a Mission where we help with the Welfare and Humanitarian Mission of the Church. Our effort there was mostly to provide clean water to the poor and needy, sanitation facilities, and some medical and wheelchairs needs for the crippled. We now have 26 grant children and one great grandchild and are serving the Lord one more time in the Florida Tampa Mission where we are strengthening families ties in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family of six children on a 100 acre farm in Northern Utah. My father taught me how to work but most of all he taught me not to swear or take the Lords name in vain. I begin to know that the church was true when I was a young man sitting in church listening to testimonies being given from other members of our congregation. I was touch by the Spirit of the Lord. Later on when I was in High School Seminary Class we attend a special meeting in the Temple Chapel where we had a testimony meeting. These were all my peers who got up and bore their testimonies. Now I was shy and very quiet and not one to stand up in from of my peers and bear my testimony but in my heart I bore my testimony and tears fill my eyes. The Spirit had touch my heart deeply. Later on when I went to the University I was ordained an Elder in the church with the goal to go on a Mission and then later on I accepted a call to serve in the California Mission. I received a package in the mail from my Mission President giving me details of my call and suggesting the things I need to know to prepare for the mission. Some time later I was laying on my bed pondering these things when I pick up the material that my mission president said I need to know. I began to read about the Nature of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, and I felt it was true. Then I read about the great Apostecy, how the power of God and the apostles where taken from the earth and left the earth in the dark ages. Then as I read the Joseph Smith story I said out loud to myself, THIS IS TRUE! I felt the Spirit come over my whole body. I know it was true. Because of my shyness, the mission experience in California was hard at first, but the Lord blessed me and it become easy to declare his word. I know that God lives, That Jesus Christ is His Son and Savior of the world That Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, That President Monson is a Prophet today.

How I live my faith

My specialty was working with the young men in the church. I served as a scout master once and explorer advisor five times. I enjoyed that service. As a explorer advisor once I was impressed to do something different . I had an assistant who was very good with repair of cars and like to help some of the young men work on their own cars. I suggested that we have a project to earn money for a grand trip together to Mexico. We advertised for older cars to purchase, fix up, and resale for profit and save the proceeds for a trip. Our young men got excited about this. When parents heard what we were doing some donated older cars for us to fix up. We turned my work shop in back of my house into a repair shop. Once or twice a week the boys would meet to fix cars, repair brakes, changing tires, shining the chrome, cleaning the interior and exterior, touch up paint, make mechanical repairs, etc. The boys learned a lot about the care of cars and they profited much. In our trip to Mazatlan, Mexico was filed with service and adventure. Each of us took a duffle bag of clothes for the needy and poor, we spent one day to paint a girls orphanage, another activity was to play a basketball game with members of the church in a church ward in Mazatlan. We found that they know the game of basketball well. They really beat us . We visit many historical sites in and around Mazatlan, rode on there buses, mingled with the people. I enjoyed building canoes and taking trips to Yellowstone Lake, and canoeing 25 miles into the southwest arm or the southeast arm of the lake as a reward for those who had earned their Eagle Scout Award. I enjoyed meeting with the young men on Sundays teaching them about gospel principles and preparing them to serve missions, and to prepare them to be good husbands and fathers. On all the actives we engaged in, this was the ultimate goal!!

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that people should bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Throughout the world, when communities suffer major disasters and face difficulties beyond their ability to meet, the Church is prepared to offer assistance contributed by its members. The aid helps people who are in need, without regard to religious affiliation, ethnicity, or nationality. Humanitarian assistance has reached 147 countries and isThe gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that people should bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Throughout the world, when communities suffer major disasters and face difficulties beyond their ability to meet, the Church is prepared to offer assistance contributed by its members. Show more Show less