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Hi I'm Rod Christensen

I grew up in southern Idaho and was the fourth of ten children born to my father and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 46 years to my wife Cindy who I met in high school. She is the love of my life, a wonderful friend and counselor and I did marry above myself. We have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. Our family is out greatest joy. We love spending time with all of them as often as we can. I have a BA in Secondary Education with a major in History and a minor in Mathematics. I taught these subjects in high school and coached basketball, football and track for seven years. I then went to work managing a marketing program for growers of spearmint oil in the Northwest where I was able to continue to use my math statistical skills as well as my experience in being raised in a farming community in Idaho. I loved working with the growers and was able to travel around the U.S. as well as to Europe, India and China in marketing promotion activities. During this time I enjoyed coaching my kids and grandkids in basketball for many years and working with other youth in sports and church programs. I am now retired and Cindy and I have recently been called to serve a mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Kenya, Nairobi mission in East Africa. We are excited and humbled by this call and looking forward to beginning our service there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but like everyone, came to a point where I had to know for myself if it was true. That knowledge came to be because of the Book of Mormon. I had read it many times, but had accepted it’s truthfulness based on friends and, especially, my parent’s assurances and testimonies. As a young man, I took a trip with some friends to the back country in Montana. We packed in on horseback about 20 miles and, to our surprise, on the first night all but two of our horses ran off leaving us somewhat stranded and, while two of the owners took the two horses in search of the others, with a lot of time on our hands. I spent a lot of it reading in the Book of Mormon. One day I hiked a short distance from camp and found a secluded place in the trees where I knelt and told my Heavenly Father that I had read the Book and Mormon and believed it was true. I asked Him to confirm my belief. There was an unmistakable warm feeling that came into my heart and a clear thought that came into my mind that the Book of Mormon was true. I had no doubts – the message from the spirit of our Heavenly Father was clear and left no question in my mind. From that time forward I have known the Book of Mormon is true and, because I know that, I also know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and therefore, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is also true. That knowledge has sustained me throughout my life. I am very thankful for the promptings of the spirit.

How I live my faith

I try to live in accordance with my knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel every day. I do that by attending all of my church meetings, by trying to be a good example to my family, friends and neighbors, and by obeying the commandments to the best of my ability. One of the great joys in my life is the opportunity to serve others. It brings me joy and satisfaction. Opportunities to serve come through callings in the church where I have worked a lot with the young men, the young single adults and in other more administrative type callings. I also love my calling as a home teacher, which lets me visit several members of the church each month and, with them, learn more about the Savior and His church here on the earth, and to serve them in any way I can. The church has also been very involved in helping meet some of the needs of the community in our area and has given Cindy and me the opportunity to work on some of these projects with people from the community.