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Hi I'm Rodger

I'm an author, a business consultant, and a social scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For as long as I can remember I have appreciated good writing. As a young boy growing up in Oklahoma, I loved the weekly trips to the public library. I enjoyed many kinds of books, especially biographies. Reading opened up a world of understanding into history, politics, science, medicine, and many other worthy endeavors. My early heroes ranged from the fictional (Tarzan, the Lone Ranger) to the real (Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone). In high school I was very involved in sports and student government. I performed well in science, math, history, and other classes. But writing was always my favorite pursuit. Similarly, during my undergraduate studies in college, I pursued a wide range of interests. But good writing was always always dominated my attention. I loved literature, especially American literature. I enjoyed studying the styles of Hemingway, Steinbeck, and other writers whose styles leaned toward the journalistic. During my senior year in college, I applied for a reporter position at the local newspaper. Despite never having taken a journalism class, I was hired. This was the official beginning of my career. In addition to writing for publications ranging from The New York Times and Parade magazine to Forbes, Inc., and Fast Company, I've been an executive of two major corporations and a consultant to dozens of organizations and cabinet officers in two White House administrations. My greatest joys come in my roles as husband, father, and grandfather.

Why I am a Mormon

Having attended many Christian churches as a youth, I was as faithful as I knew how to be to New Testament teachings. But I felt that my understanding was incomplete, my own "testimony" still unformed. I wanted to know more. In the summer of 1962, when I was 18, I discovered the "more." I met Latter-day Saints who taught me that my being "a child of God" is not just a hope or a clever phrase, it's a reality. They taught me about the restoration of God's true church upon the earth. They taught me about the plan of salvation that provides each of us with a clear path back to our Father in Heaven. They taught me about the necessity of the authentic priesthood. They taught me about modern-day apostles and prophets. I've always been a stickler authenticity. I like authentic products, not knock-offs or counterfeits, no matter how clever. I certainly want no less in my religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the real deal. It's a restoration of Christ's true church upon the earth, not a conglomeration of doctrines invented by a committee and not a compilation of politically correct tenets proffered by well-intended though misguided humanists. The restored gospel focuses exclusively on the same principles and practices taught by Jesus himself.

How I live my faith

It's been said that service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. I believe it. And I try to put it into daily practice. In addition to serving in a wide range of volunteer positions in my church, I've served in many volunteer positions in my community. For example I was president of Fellowship of the Concerned, an interfaith group of men working to promote racial harmony in our city. Most of all, I am careful to honor the covenants I've made to be true to the teachings of Jesus Christ, my savior.