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Hi I'm RC Farnsworth

I grew up on a large orchard and ranch. I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, a financial Controller and I'm a mormon.

About Me

For the first 19 years of my life, I was taught by my father and mother how to work. I was raised on an orchard and ranch that was very demanding, especially when it came to harvest time. That hard work ethic has remained with me until this day. My favorite hobby is my yard and trying to make our home a place of beauty and a reflection of heaven, which I believe invites the spirit of God. I love to travel and visit different cultures of the world. I love learning about different peoples and places. I love all types of people. My favorite place is Australia. I have been there twice and absolutely love the people down under. Collectively, they are a very kind and charitable people. I felt right at home. I grew up with the prophets and apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My mother worked for several of them, however she was partial to Elder Mark E. Peterson of the twelve apostles. My mother kept a faithful journal of her interaction with these brethren. I will always cherish her journal. As a kid growing up, we went to Salt Lake City every summer and visited with Elder Peterson in his office and with others. Just after my mission I spent one hour at the home of President Spencer W. Kimball, who was the prophet of the church. As I was leaving, he came up to me, took both of his hands and placed them at the side of my head and pulled me forward and gave me a kiss on the cheek and said, "Always stay true to the Church". I will never forget that.

Why I am a Mormon

As I served my voluntary two-year mission for my faith in Portland, Oregon, I grew to love the people of Oregon. They are a good and God-fearing Christian people of all faiths. I wanted to help them in a way that could add a little more joy and happiness in their lives by embracing living Prophets and Apostles and embracing scripture that testified of Jesus Christ, and how families can be together forever. I know that there is a God in heaven, that loves me. I am thankful for His Son Jesus Christ that died for me. I know that the Holy Ghost is real and can teach us truth. It is through the power of the Holy Ghost that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. During the lowest time in my life, when all things seemed to hedge up my way, and it seemed that there was no hope left, I cried to God asking for help. I pleaded and begged God to reach down and pull me up. I am a witness that He did, but not in the way that I wanted Him too, nor in the way that I thought would be best. His way was far more superior and everlasting. I received an unexpected call from the Church Educational System to teach Institute to college students in my hometown. I said okay, but what am I going to be teaching? They told me that I would be teaching The Book of Mormon. Over the next two years of teaching from that sacred book, I was enabled by that power to be lifted up and to change my life and feel the love of God again. I have a beautiful and talented wife, who joined the church during her senior year of high school in Ohio, who has embraced this Gospel with all of her heart and has been a pioneer for her family, especially our six children and eleven grandchildren to help nurture them in the love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a faithful husband, a father, a grandfather, a lover of sacred music, a lover of people and cultures and I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by following what the Lord Jesus Christ did in his life. For me, he was the perfect example of helping those in need, especially when it came to those individuals who were down, depressed, with no hope, shunned and struggling with every day life, when it seems like no one cares. I believe God has blessed me with a heavenly gift to love charitably, without judgment. A gift to uplift, to strengthen and to love unconditionally. I know that this gift comes from God and I thank Him every day for this gift. For me, it does not matter where I serve in the Church or what calling is extended to me to serve. I will serve my brothers and sisters in any capacity that is asked of me. I have many, many friends that are not members of my faith who I love dearly. Who are great and wonderful people. It is my non-member friends that have truly helped me live my faith. I love visiting families of my faith on a monthly basis. I love the music of my faith. As a young child growing up, my mother, who also sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, taught me how to play the piano and at the age of ten, she would take me to our church building every Saturday morning and teach me how to play the organ. At that age, I could barely reach the foot pedals. When I was only twelve years old, the Bishop of our congregation asked me if I would play the organ for the congregation to sing. I was scared to death. But, I said yes with a little help from my mother. I still remember the first hymn I played on that organ, that Sunday, at the age of twelve, it was "We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet". Music of the Church has taught me the ways of the Savior and how to live like Him. More importantly, my testimony of Jesus Christ has grown and strengthened more in my life, because of the hymns of the church, than any other way. I am thankful that my mother instilled in me the love of the hymns at such a young and tender age.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

RC Farnsworth
I grew up on a large orchard and ranch. We worked hard during the year, but more so when it came harvest time in the fall. I was taught by my father and mother that we should eat what is necessary to keep our physical and mental faculties strong and healthy and that it would help me and bless me the rest of my life. As I started to mature and grow during my youth, and becoming acquainted more with God and things, I realized what my parents were trying to teach me all of those years. In my faith, we believe in living prophets that receive revelation and direction from the Lord. In one of those directions, the Lord revealed some of the things are good for the body and some things that are not good for the body. That is why, as members of the church, we abstain from coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol and other harmful substances. I personally came to realize what God was saying when he gave this direction. I learned that the Holy Spirit cannot dwell in us if we are filled with impurities and substances that inhibit the mind, the soul and our spirit. I am 55 years old. I try to follow the Lord in his "Word of Wisdom" in keeping my physical body in good condition by eating right, going to the gym every morning before work and abstaining from harmful substances so that my spirit can feel the power of His Spirit, so I can be lead on the right path that leads back to Heavenly Father. Obeying this law has blessed me all of my life. Show more Show less