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Hi I'm Russ Weir

I spent 20 Years in the military and happily lived in Africa, Hawaii, Alaska, Korea, and a lot of other places with my family.

About Me

I think I live pretty eclectic lifestyle. Being in the military allowed me to see a lot of the world and 49 of the 50 states (still gotta get to Oregon), but my life is much more broad than just then what I did for a living. Our family loves to travel and loves road trips, so stopping to see the World's Largest Ball of Twine, or visiting Ruby Falls, or sitting on an ostrich is completely in our DNA. Having kids with a love of theater has opened my eyes and ears to much more than I ever would have imagined, and watching them grow up has been amazing. I joined the Church in Georgia 26 years ago and have never looked back.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church as a 22 year old who wasn't really looking for anything. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has 13 Articles of Faith each beginning with "We Believe". Once I read the Articles of Faith and understood what the Church stood for, then I was able to tie that in with reading the scriptures and deciding what it all meant to me. Once I joined the Church the focus on the Family and becoming a better person, immediately, let me know that I had made made the right decision. I am a Mormon because the Church gives me a map to return to my Heavenly Father, and also shows me how I can be a better person, husband, and father. I am thankful, every day, for the opportunity I had to learn about the Church, and for how it has helped me to develop over the last 24 years. I can't imagine how my life would have ended up if I hadn't followed the Church's path.

How I live my faith

I am the Branch President ( leader of the Branch) for the Young Single Adult Branch in Sarasota Florida, and as such I get to hang out with and assist some of the best, 18-30 year old's in the world. Their dedication and willingness to help others while growing and developing themselves is a great example to me. I've seen the Church all over the world (Africa, Asia, and all over the world) and I am always struck by how the Church is the same no matter the language spoken or the color of the local member's skin. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the road map for any culture or region as it offers all of us the opportunity to find ourselves and ultimately return to Him. That universal blessing translates across every divide and absolutely resonates with anyone who is searching.