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Hi I'm Ronald

An HVAC electrician, retired from USW in AZ; then again as a Facilities manager from JHC in WA, Now on a mission in HI.

About Me

While growing up, my mother dabbled in numerous religious interests from astrology and reincarnation to mainstream Christianity - inevitably finding fault with them all. Subsequently, I had no reliance or personal interest in religion. It seemed that the more one learned, the less they knew and the less they lived what they believed. I had pretty much come to the conclusion that the substantive questions had no real tangible answers, or were in reality, unknowable. Most religions seem to create more conflict and questions, then than providing trustworthy answers. The knowledge of man is ever changing, and never completely reliable. However, when I came in contact with the LDS religion, the one promises that was made to me was that I could know the answer to any question I might ask of God. This was too intriguing a preface to let pass, and sure enough, no matter what question I asked of God, He gave me answers, typically more deep and profound than my questions. This phenomenal process has continued throughout my life. Now, my hobbies have become the least reliable things in my life. They include fishing (primarily salt water) from sea to shinning sea. But catching fish is never a reliable thing. Restoring classic cars (56 Chevy Nomad, 68 Mustang GT Convertible, 72 El Camino SS 454 and all my kid's clunkers); will I ever finish? I've had the opportunity to climb and repel in settings as rudimentary as scouting activities to places where no one in their right mind should go!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church not really knowing if it was true or not; but determined to stick it out until I could determine it's validity or voracity. 40 years later, I have failed to identify a single untruth, but have discovered a plethora of profound and universal realities. What is probably the most unique aspect of pure truth is this: it remains true in virtually any setting. What I find most unique about the LDS (Mormon) religion and culture is that knowledge is not stagnant. With living prophets and apostles at it's head, there is ever more to learn, understand and live. I perceive that this is why it continues to appeal to seekers of truth and understanding. So you might say there is literally no idol (idle) worship of God, literally or figuratively. Opportunities to progress are eternal.

How I live my faith

I have served in many positions over my 40 odd years in the Church: Nursery, Scouting, Young Men's leadership, middle-aged men's leadership, senior men's leadership. Most of these positions I started out feeling unqualified, ill-prepared and minimally effective. Although my efforts were often complemented or praised, I am always the least convinced. Eventually, I came to realize that who the Lord calls, He qualifies; He is Perfecting my rudimentary efforts to the benefit of my fellow man. Is that awesome or what?!