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Hi I'm Rusty

I'm a husband, dad of four, and an elected official. I love the outdoors, traveling and playing the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm happily married to a beautiful redhead Canadian whom I met more than 25 years ago at Brigham Young University. She and I have four incredibly wonderful kids, each having a different shade of red hair to match their personalities. I'm a district committee chair for the Boy Scouts of America council in which I live. I also serve in as an Assistant Venture Leader for young men ages 17 and 18. These two positions give me great pleasure in working with the youth in the outdoors on high adventure activities such as camping, hiking, repelling, spelunking and white water rafting. I'm also an Air Force brat, so while growing up I lived in a lot of places, my favorite being Guam. I love traveling, meeting people from different cultures and learning to speak a little of their language and trying some of their custom dishes. At the end of the day I like to unwind at the piano and play a few relaxing songs for therapy. It also seems to help the kids retire quickly to bed, at least I like to think so.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are converts, so naturally I was raised in the faith. I learned during my youth the value of attending church regularly and participating in Sunday worship and other related activities. Being one of only two Mormons in my High School taught me early in life the importance of setting a good example and to not feeling ashamed of standing out because of the way I lived and the choices I made. I did not always have my own testimony of the Gospel. Growing up I relied on my parents to accept and live its teachings. There was a time when I felt doubts and uncertainties. Sometimes I even gave into them. It's then that I usually found myself making wrong choices and feeling distant from God. Today the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His restored Church are my anchor and my boon. When life becomes stormy and seemingly too much to bear, I know who I can count on and where I can go for peace and reassurance. I'm am so grateful for the blessing of the knowledge I have of who I am, what the purpose of life is and what promises are in stored for me if I try my best to follow the Savior. I know I have a lot to improve upon. That's why I love the church's inspiring programs. They give me such strength and confidence to see through another day, another week, another trial or another failure. One of the most beautiful teachings of the Gospel, and certainly the most important to me, is that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, and yours--our follies and mistakes. His eternal sacrifice offers me an escape from misery and heals my spiritual wounds, whether self-inflicted or caused by others. Through soul searching, regular scripture reading and thoughtful sincere prayer, I have come to feel the love of my Savior and His power to restore and invigorate life. I know of no other place where the teachings of unconditional service and sacrifice are taught and practiced more often and most effectively than in His Church. It's because of these things and many more that I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As an elected official I often interact with the public and meet people from all walks of life. It's important that I listen to their concerns and ideas and treat them equally with the upmost respect and attention. It's also important that I earn the public's respect and follow through with what I say I will try to do for them. Being in a position of power is a sacred trust and I don't treat it lightly, especially when I can make a difference for good. The principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have taught me to be honest in my dealings and to do my very best in serving others. They are my core values and sustain me in my need for direction in my social interactions and decision making. I truly believe that when I am in the service of my fellowmen, I am only in the service of my God. And I strongly feel that it isn't about where I serve but how I serve that matters most. Learning to love God and man with all my heart, might, mind and strength has probably been the biggest challenge in my life, and one from which has come great satisfaction and joy.