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Hi I'm Roger

I'm a husband, father, jazz musician, sports enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a person who enjoys life everyday. My mantra is having fun everyday, otherwise what's the point? I'm a new father with a beautiful daughter and wonderful wife who is the love of my life. I recently graduated with a public relations degree and work for a small start-up organization as a salesperson. I really enjoy interacting with people and helping to build relationships that last. I enjoy a number of sports, including soccer, football, basketball, frisbee, golf, & volleyball. I grew up in a musical family and play a number of instruments as well: saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano and steel drums. I love jazz music, from a number of different era's: 50's big band, 70's funk, 80's fusion, latin jazz and much more. I really love music and could talk about it for hours...same goes for sports :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and like many young people, took for granted the things provided me at a young age. It wasn't until I was really struggling personally with my relationships at home and friends at school that I turned to the only person I thought could understand what I was feeling and going through: my Heavenly Father. I knelt in the snow of a field nearby my home on a cold February night as a 13 year old, and pleaded to know how I can overcome the particular challenges I was facing at the time. In a matter of seconds, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace enter my mind and heart, and I knew that my Heavenly Father had heard my prayer. Things at home and school didn't necessarily disappear or vanish completely, but I had been given a new hope and perspective to help push through the challenges I faced only to become a stronger individual at the end of each trial I overcame. My testimony is simple, but I know that our Savior's atonement is for all - He restored the entire gospel truths in these latter-days through his prophet Joseph Smith, and his priesthood authority is continued today through our current prophet and apostles. They lead and guide us in an ever-changing world, but I know that as we adhere to the Word of God found in the scriptures and modern day revelation, we cannot fall away. I hope that everyone can take the opportunity to pray and receive their own witness that these things are true.

How I live my faith

I really try to live my faith in a way that provides joy to not only myself but others as well - that's what the gospel is all about: sharing the good news. I love to go out with our church missionaries and bear testimony of the principles of the gospel I've come to know from personal experience are true. Same thing goes for those that are members of our faith as well. Building relationships with people is something I want to do for my entire life, both here on earth, and the life hereafter. My overall feeling of the gospel is that it just makes sense with that part of me that no one knows better other than my Heavenly Father. It makes sense to me in my mind and my heart, which harmony allows me a greater sense of peace. A lot of people I talk with might identify better with a Supreme Being or another deity's name, but I know that my Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of his children. I didn't know what this really meant until I recently became a father myself and felt a portion of what perhaps He does when viewing our lives from His infinite wisdom. I hope to follow His example in my life and interactions with everyone I meet. He provided us a living example of how to do this through his Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know He still lives and we can achieve the blessings in our mortal existence and the life hereafter if we follow His plan for us.