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Hi I'm Ronald C. Schoedel III

I love learning languages, traveling the world, practicing law, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of modest means in Ohio, as a young adult I followed my dream to live in Alaska, and eventually was blessed with the opportunity to attend university and law school, and am now an attorney practicing estate planning and trust planning in Utah. Among my hobbies are reading, bicycling, hiking, railroading, traveling, learning Welsh and Mandarin, and studying history. I am married to an amazing wife who shares my love for our Savior and our Heavenly Father and together we try our best to live His principles and serve and love others.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my savior Jesus Christ and will follow Him always. As a young boy, I attended a Baptist school and came very early to love Jesus Christ. As I got older, I began searching for the most correct way I could find to follow His principles and worship God the Father and Jesus the Christ. I spent many hours each week reading the Scriptures, religious texts, and attending religious meetings and services, all with the aim of solidifying my relationship with my Creator. Throughout my teenage years and into my early 20's, I was guided by the spirit through an interesting search that led me to worship with and learn from very good people in several faiths, including Pentecostals and a Messianic Jewish synagogue, with whom I most identified and where I learnt to love the Hebrew roots of my faith and about the basis for such doctrines as temples and ordinances. It was through a friend who was a Jewish convert that I first heard of the Book of Mormon, which immediately interested and excited me in my quest. I was especially excited at the restored gospel's doctrine of Israelites, God's people, who came to the Americas, and our connection to them through God's covenants and gospel. I found the Church whilst I was living in a rural area of Upper Michigan. I sought out the local congregation, an hour away. That did not deter me, however. As I read the Book of Mormon, the Holy Spirit testified of its truth to me, and I read it straight through in a few days. Many of the doctrines and beliefs I had come to on my own, through my long search, were taught therein, so it was not hard for me to believe in its inspiration. I shortly thereafter sought baptism, a principle of which the Spirit also testified. In the 17 years since I joined the Church, I have felt my Savior's love each day, even through many very trying circumstances. I have been blessed to serve the Lord, as well as many of His children around the world, through the callings and leadership positions I have had.

How I live my faith

As a convert to the Church, I do not have the long personal and family history of church membership dating back to pioneer days that many of my friends have, but I feel at home in the Church because I believe in the restoration of priesthood keys and authority and that God's work is being done on earth through the Church. I have been actively involved in missionary efforts, reaching out to and watching over families in my congregation through home teaching, serving in my congregation's leadership in several different capacities, teaching Sunday School to adults, teenagers, and younger children, and have helped build the church and spread the gospel in the remotest corners of rural Alaska and in Asia. Ultimately, what it comes down to for me, is loving others as Christ has loved us. He was willing to both live and die for me, so it is no big burden at all to me to be willing to serve others. I am in constant awe at the plan of salvation that God has provided for us so lovingly, and that Jesus carried out so willingly, and I strive to do my best to be an example of their love to others.

What is the priesthood?

Ronald C. Schoedel III
The priesthood has existed throughout the ages and has acted for and on behalf of God on the earth. The ancient Israelites had the priesthood, Jesus Christ and his disciples exercised the priesthood, and it is these same priesthoods that are exercised today through the lineage passed on from the restoration of the priesthoods at the dawn of this dispensation of the gospel. Through the priesthood, I and my family have been blessed, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve and bless many others. Ultimately, priesthood is exactly that: the opportunity to serve others, and in doing so, serve God. Show more Show less