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Hi I'm Ron

Although I grew up Jewish, I was still was searching for God. At age 25 I found him and the Savior, Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I wake up every morning thankful of my wife of 30 years and our 2 adult children. In addition to my career in marketing, I have competed and coached the sport of fencing for over 35 years and currently run a non-profit, all-volunteer youth fencing club. My wife and I love traveling and have been blessed to meet so many incredible people where ever we go. We truly know there is good in all people, everywhere.

Why I am a Mormon

Although being of direct Jewish decent, my mother preached that I would need to find the truth about religion on my own. During my high school years I attended all kinds of religious services and by the time I got to university, I was pretty much convinced that God was out there, but I didn't have much of a clue where or how to relate to him. There is a long story about how I ended up attending Utah State University, but I digress. At some point at USU I started studying philosophy and theology in addition to my major in art. This lead to reading the Book of Mormon which lead to writing papers on what a fraud it was. I mean really, from my temporal logic based point-of-view the Book of Mormon was just another crutch for people feel better about themselves. After presenting another logic argument against the Book of Mormon for a class assignment, a LDS friend in the class looked at me with love and concern and said: "Ron, your problem is read scripture with your mind, not your heart". That was the first time I felt the spirit. My world started to change. I started to pray or at least try. While answers didn't come for a while, I felt peaceful when I prayed. A year or so later I was walking around Logan in one of those beautiful snow storms that insulates you from sound and the distant lights. For whatever reason I stopped and prayed. I don't know why. I didn't even ask for anything. It just happened. In that moment I knew it was all true. No visions or visitations; just a simple realization that the Atonement, the restoration, a living prophet, the Book of Mormon . . . it was just all true. It was the most loving, warm, caring experience I have ever had. It is the greatest gift I have ever received. And from that point on I understood. It is all so perfectly logical.

How I live my faith

The gift of the gospel in my life means everything. I try to live my faith so that others around me can feel what it means to me. I want them to feel what I feel. I want them to know, through the spirit, what I have come to know. While not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, the gospel has given me a foundation to try my best to do good. As I gained my testimony in my mid twenties, I have not yet had the chance to serve a full-time mission. Because of that, I take being a "member missionary" to heart. Why? I simply don't know what gift I could give anyone that would be more valuable than feeling the spirit the gospel can bring into a person's life.