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Hi I'm Ron

I'm a husband and father of four, I'm an avid CrossFit athlete, an anesthesiologist, and a convert to the church.

About Me

I grew up in rural Missouri on a small farm. It was very hard work taking care of the property and the animals. My dad used to say, "the animals get breakfast before you do". I had always dreamed of becoming a doctor and I was given the opportunity to go to medical school in Missouri. Not only did I earn my degree, more importantly I met my future wife. She introduced me to the gospel and after much study and prayer, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on September 12, 1989. My wife and I married in the Salt Lake Temple one year later. I've always believed that our health is one of the greatest blessings we have during life. While many illnesses and accidents are outside our control, I believe we should do everything we can to take care of the bodies we've been given. I've always taken exercise very seriously and I love to compete and push myself to the limit. In high school, I competed in football, wrestling, and track. As an adult, I've enjoyed running, weightlifting, bike riding, snow and water skiing, and just about anything else you can think of. My latest pursuit is CrossFit. I also believe serving others is key to are development as individuals. I enjoy serving others in the church and my wife and I have made this one of our top priorities. We hope that our examples will "rub off" on our four children!

Why I am a Mormon

As a child in Missouri, I remember vividly attending our small town church as a family. It was a good experience. I learned about God and his son, Jesus Christ. After my father passed away, we stopped attending church. I always prayed for guidance and began looking for a new church during my college years. Each church was different and had it's own interpretation of the scriptures. I also met and developed deep friendships with many non-christians. It was a confusing time for me as I tried to understand God's plan for his children. When I met my future wife she shared her testimony with me on our first date. I began attending church with her. From the outset, something inside me told me that this is what I had been looking for. I eventually met with the missionaries. I'll never forget them. We hit it off and they could relate to me very well. The spirit confirmed to my soul that this was Christ's church and it was the church I was supposed to join. That was over 25 years ago. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of his children and has a plan for them. We each have a purpose on the earth and are promised we can return to live with Him with our families. Having this understanding and perspective helps me through the tough times in life and also helps me to empathize with others. The gospel teaches us to be self reliant, but at the same time we are rely upon each other as we make this mortal journey. That's why families are so important in God's plan. Finally, I have a testimony that God sent his only begotten son in the flesh, Jesus Christ, to teach the new law and redeem us from sin. He showed us the perfect example of love, service, and sacrifice. I strive to emulate Him in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying every day to treat people like the Savior would. Not just on Sundays, but every minute of every day. We are all equal in the Lord's eyes. I live my faith by trying to develop my relationship with God through daily prayer and scripture study. I try my best to obey the commandments. People usually recognize something different about me because of things that I do, and also things that I don't do. I currently serve in a leadership position in our congregation. I have the opportunity to meet with people and help them with their problems. I help the youth of our church as they prepare for college, possibly a mission, and marriage. One of the other ways I live my faith is by attending the holy temple and doing genealogical work for my ancestors and the church. The doctrines and principles of my faith define who I am and dictate my thoughts, actions, and behaviors. The gospel of Jesus Christ truly has the power to change one's heart. I'm proof of that.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We know that Heavenly Father loves all of his children equally. We all have the same divine potential. Mormons regard all people as their brothers and sisters and are willing to help and serve all, regardless of whether or not they are a member of the church. Show more Show less