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Hi I'm Ron.V

I grew up in the southeastern U.S.A. As a teen I was a long-haired rock musician. Now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Through my personal websites I'm known as "Ron.V" (i.e. ronv.net). My wife, Susie, and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during my U.S. Air Force commitment. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran. After my discharge I worked for a communications company for 37 years. My wife and I raised 8 children. As a teen I was in a garage band. Rock and blues music have always been a part of my life. Before retirement I for 20 years as a systems specialist at a huge data center. I continue to remain interested in computer technology and manage several personal websites. From childhood I've been interested in genealogy and family history. Some of my websites are dedicated to this passion.

Why I am a Mormon

It's easy to explain why I am a Mormon. When my faith first came to me as a young man I did not believe in God at the time. Susie prayed in my behalf and the Lord sent the LDS missionaries. We both became Mormons as a result. I had been a member of other churches as a youth but lost my faith because of dissension within them and their lack of support for clergy. There were many unanswered questions. In the LDS church, so long as I strive to keep God's commandments, there are no unanswered questions. After Susie died, I remained single for over a year then married again. Since then my wife and I have served two missions for our church helping others with their family research. I feel the Lord prepared me for this during my computer career prior to retirement. My 40+ years experience with genealogy helped. The longer I have been in this church the more certain I am that it is led by Jesus Christ whose name it bears. I've heard people who aren't members of my church question what "secrets" our church is hiding. I have been privy to information and places that few get to see. I've personally met over half the leaders in Salt Lake City, Utah. I've known the inner workings, finances, and dealings of my church from bottom to top, inside and out. I can truthfully say it is the most honest, hard working, selfless organization on earth. Even if this wasn't God's church, I'd be proud to be a member of this organization. But because I know beyond question that it IS led by Jesus Christ through modern revelation, I can bear humble witness to all this IS the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

During the decades since my wife and I joined our church we served in many leadership positions. As a very young couple my wife and I both served in numerous leadership positions in our church while raising a large family. It seemed we were always at church. As a parent with 3 children in cloth diapers it often seemed a waste of time to be there. It seemed we spent more time in the hall or elsewhere than in meetings. But we were determined to be there. This commitment proved the right thing to do. Over time, our children were so close to friends at church they wanted to be there. When our children were mostly grown, Susie contracted cancer and died. Being close to God helped our family through this trying time.

What is the Book of Mormon?

What is the Book of Mormon? I love to answer this question. But if you're looking for a quick answer, I humbly request that you read someone else's response to this question. I have diligently studied the Book of Mormon since 1969, read it from cover-to-cover a dozen times, and have several books ABOUT the Book of Mormon, how we obtained it, where it came from, what corrections have been made to it, and so forth. I've compared its teachings to the Holy Bible which I've also read from cover-to-cover as well as the Holy Koran and other religious works. As a Christian, I believe the Bible to be the word of God. I also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Both were recorded by prophets of old but came down to us in different ways. These two books of God support and sustain each other. They are like the "mouths of two witnesses" Originally written on gold plates condensed from other writings by Mormon, the ancient prophet/editor, the plates were delivered in modern times by Mormon's son, Moroni to Joseph Smith. Moroni was then a resurrected being -- an angel. Joseph translated the work by the power of God and published it in 1830. Though there have been many spelling, grammar, and formatting changes, the work is doctrinally unchanged. Everyone who reads it cover-to-cover is affected by it with no acceptions. It is the word of God! Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Shortly before I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I was an agnostic. I did not even believe in God. Missionaries taught me about Joseph Smith. They suggested I ask God if Joseph was indeed a prophet. I did so but first had to ask God if He was real. My first prayer was, "God, if you're up there and you're really God, please let me know", short, sweet, and simple. God DID let me know. In no uncertain terms He let me know. He "hugged" me. It was not something I felt physically so much as something I felt spiritually. But it was unmistakable. It came totally out of the blue. It was His way to personally let me know He does indeed exist. Next, God let me know He loves me so much He sent His Son to die for me. Before we can know why Jesus' sacrifice was needed shouldn't we first understand why He would want to? Jesus volunteered to be punished in the same way we might pay a debt a friend owes that he can't afford. We break God's laws by sinning. Yet like all laws of justice, we need to pay for what we break. When I realized Jesus paid the price for me it was the most humbling experience I've ever felt. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

I hear this all the time. "Mormons aren't Christians." Some think we believe in Jesus differently than they do. Therefore we can't be Christians in the way they define Christians. I would gladly die defending their right to worship however they please. As a veteran I once committed to that freedom. At the same time, I plead with Christians everywhere to ask a Mormon. Ask us if we believe in Jesus Christ, your Jesus. He is the Son of God born of Mary who came to earth to redeem us from our sins. He is the Savior of the world. It is only through Him and acceptance of Him that we are saved. Yes, we call ourselves Christians but you decide. One thing is for sure, the more divided we Christians are the less effective we will be. So who really wants to call 16 million Mormons non-Christian? Show more Show less