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Hi I'm Ron Branvold

I grew up in northern California.

About Me

I like to play tennis. I love white water sports like kayaking and river boarding. I love the outdoors. Recently I started mountain biking and find it to be a great form of exercise and adventure. My brothers and I love to do what we call "river climbing" especially on the South Fork of the Yuba River. My beautiful wife is from China. I am the stepfather of her 15 year old son. I have 3 other children who are grown and live in different states. I love them and miss them. I am currently a semi-retired chiropractor.

Why I am a Mormon

I am glad that you are taking the time to read my profile. I hope you are reading this because of a pass along card that I gave you. In any case, I am glad you are here. As you know, it tends to be human nature that when we find something good or helpful, something that works for us and makes us happy, that we want to share that something with others. This is how I feel about this church. I am a Mormon, because being one is good for my family and me. It is helpful and it works for us. I am a Mormon, because it answers the three most important questions we can ask about life and its purpose... 1. Why are we here? 2. Where did we come from? 3. Where are we going? I believe, without any doubt in my mind, that what this church teaches is the truth. I believe that Joseph Smith actually saw God and Jesus Christ as he claims, and that through him; Jesus Christ restored his church again to the earth. It all makes sense now, but I have not come by this knowledge easily, the full import of it has taken years of study, prayer, and trial and error. Jesus Christ is the center of this religion, everything about this church is founded upon his teachings. It is all about helping others. This is not an easy world to live in. There is much confusion when it comes to religion and God, however, the truths taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, clear up the confusion, and gives answers to simple questions. Truth brings clarity and it makes God and our relationship to Him very real. If you are unsure of the answer to the three questions above, if you feel as though there should be something more for yourself and your family, or even if you are just a little curious, then, please explore this website, and watch some of the videos. True peace and happiness exists on this earth and it is open to all who truly desire to know. Thank you for reading my profile and I hope you have a wonderful day..

How I live my faith

I am currently a Ward Mission Leader and I really enjoy it. I am just now realizing how important missionary work is. Without it, our church and its members would not be here today. I am working on this profile in the hope that it will help with missionary work. I believe that I am now beginning to understand the importance of living this religion and I am trying to do so to the best of my ability. When I am living as the church teaches, then I find that life is simply happier. I believe the principles taught in this church are from God, and I will, after some years of trial and error, allow that He knows much better than me, what is good for my life. I find that if I do my best to do my part and follow his teachings, then, there is a calm and a peace in my life that cannot be found in any other way.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ron Branvold
Your testimony is an expression of what you know to be true. The dictionary states, ” a testimony is a solemn attestation as to the truth of a matter.” It is a witness of a factual matter. A testimony does not come automatically with baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It comes by having a sincere desire to know the truthfulness of this church and its teachings. My testimony is simple, I honestly and undeniably believe that what this church claims to be true, is true. That it is the restored church of Jesus Christ upon the earth, that this restoration took place by the power of God through revelations and visitations to the prophet Joseph Smith. This testimony is not based on any physical evidence, although there is such to be found, but on an ever progressing knowledge obtained through church attendance, scriptural study, daily prayer, and continual, reassuring whisperings from the Holy Ghost. It is not a voice from heaven that tells me this is true, but warm, peaceful feelings in my heart and soul that allow me to feel good inside about the things I am taught. It's good to truly know that God is alive, that He is the Father of my spirit, my very being, that I lived with Him before I came to this earth and He knows who I am. He loves me and wants me to be happy now, and forever. This knowledge is my testimony, which I am happy to share with you, hoping you may also find this same knowledge for yourself. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ron Branvold
First you might want to ask yourself the question, "Why would I want to know it is true?" Let me give you three reasons: 1. Because this church teaches us who God is, what He is really like, and what our true relationship is to Him. 2. Because this church teaches us why we are here on this earth, where we came from and how we can live with our families forever. 3. Because this church teaches true principles that if followed, will a bring peace and happiness above and beyond that which can be found in any other pursuit. Once you truly desire to know if this church is true or not, then the formula is easy. You can know it beyond a shadow of doubt, by simply having an honest desire to know. Then, study about the things that you learn, ponder it in your heart and mind, then, ask your Heavenly Father in sincere prayer if it is true. The answer may not be immediate, but if you continue in your sincere prayer, and try living the principles, giving thoughtful consideration to what you are learning, and then patiently listen with your heart, in time warm and peaceful feelings from the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, will come into your spirit and mind telling you that these things are true. An honest desire to know, and honest effort to find out is all that you really need. Heavenly Father wants you to know, but remember, the adversary of all that is good and true does not, so be patient, be persistent and it will come, and you will be so happy when it does. Show more Show less