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Hi I'm Ralph

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I work in the healthcare industry. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born and raised in Utah, my parents were not involved as active members in our Church when I was young. Therefore, my baptism and my activity in the Church is something that I chose to do without much parental encouragement. My beautiful wife and I just celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary! We have seven children and 15 grandchildren. I love spending time with my wife, children, and grandchildren in the outdoors - camping, fishing, and golfing. I love to read about a broad range of subjects and I also love the work that I do in healthcare.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Book of Matthew the Lord Jesus Christ teaches us to serve Him by serving the least of these - and to render this service by feeding the hungry, quenching the thirst of those who are faint, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, ministering to the sick and afflicted, visiting those who are in prison, liberating the captive. The entire focus of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is on serving others beginning with our own immediate families, our extended family, our friends, neighbors, communities, nation and the world. Our objective is to be a powerful influence for good in the lives of all with whom we come in contact by seeking to emulate the example of the Lord Jesus, to be true disciples in thought, feeling, word and deed. I love the doctrine of the restored gospel which provides us the vision of what God desires us to know, do and become. We are blessed to make promises to God to live in harmony with His vision of our potential, and to receive sacred ordinances which through the atonement and grace of Jesus Christ give us power beyond our natural capacity to serve and bless the lives of those around us. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings me and those I love great happiness, peace, and fulfillment in this life and the hope of a life after this that is modeled after the most joyous events we have experienced here, only expanded and magnified with greater opportunities for growth and involvement in God's work.

How I live my faith

In my community I have enjoyed coaching the baseball, softball, basketball and soccer teams my children have been a part of to teach them and the other members of the team the value of working together to accomplish worthwhile goals and to learn the value of discipline and perseverance. In my local congregation my role is to help the Sunday School teachers catch the vision of leading effective class discussions about how learning the principles of the gospel, especially serving others, can bring happiness to those we are helping directly as well as to ourselves, our families and friends. Also, I have the privilege of watching over 4 families in my community by visiting them each month, checking on their welfare, teaching them a gospel lesson and praying with them. By establishing a relationship of trust with these families they know they can call upon me at any time to assist them and if necessary to rally other members of our congregation to help also.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Ralph
In the Book of Matthew the Lord Jesus Christ teaches us to serve Him by serving the least of these - and to render this service by feeding the hungry, quenching the thirst of those who are faint, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, ministering to the sick and afflicted, visiting those who are in prison, liberating the captive. The entire focus of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is on serving others beginning with our own immediate families, our extended family, our friends, neighbors, communities, nation and the world. A crucial element in the welfare program is to empower those who receive assistance to become self reliant and then to render service of their own to others who are in need. Show more Show less