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Hi I'm Ray

I am a scientist and engineer. My wife and I love children; we have 9 of them. They have given us 37 grandchildren. I'm a twin.

About Me

I grew up in Utah and started my college education in Utah. I came home from serving a mission in New Zealand and found a wonderful woman and married her in the Salt Lake temple; we have been married 48 years. We moved to New York to continue my education; I earned a doctorate degree there. We started our family in New York. Since our marriage we have lived in Utah, New York, Maryland, New York (again), Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Ohio. We loved each place we lived in and made new friends in each community. We have nine children. My wife gave birth to three boys in New York, four girls and one boy in Maryland, and one girl in New York (the second time). We love them all dearly and rejoice in their successes. All nine of our children have earned bachelors degrees, two have earned masters degrees, and two have earned doctorate degrees. Eight of our children are married. They have given us 37 grandchildren: 28 boys and 9 girls. At this time, two more grandchildren are on the way: one is a girl, the gender of the other one is unknown. I am a twin; I have an identical twin brother. I have been asked many times what it is like being a twin. It is hard to answer that question because I have never been "not-a-twin". My twin departed for his mission two weeks before me; then I learned what loneliness is. It is great being a twin! I have had a companion all my life except for two weeks: either my twin companion or my eternal companion!

Why I am a Mormon

It all started with my grandfather Soren in Denmark. He heard the message from the Mormon missionaries and became a Mormon in 1862. He was the first one in his family to become a Mormon and the first to heed the call of a prophet to gather to Zion. Soren served as a missionary in Denmark before he emigrated to America when he was 16 years old. My grandmother, Christina, was 12 years old when she was baptized a Mormon along with the rest of her family. The family responded to the call to go to Zion; in 1866 they emigrated from Sweden to Utah. These two met in Utah and were married for time and all eternity in 1870. My father was born, the youngest of 10 children, in 1895. Jacob and Christina, my mother's parents, were married and living in Switzerland when they heard the message of the restoration. They were baptized and became Mormons in 1895. In 1896 they emigrated to America. They first went to Utah, then to Idaho, and then to Oregon. My mother was born in 1900, the 5th of 8 children. My father served as a solider in France in WWI. He came home from France in 1919 and heard of a beautiful woman living in Oregon. He checked it out and took her to Salt Lake City where they were married in the Salt Lake temple for time and all eternity in 1920. I am the youngest of their ten children. I was about 16 years old when I made it a matter of prayer and asked God if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I found our for myself the truth of what I had been taught. My testimony of the restoration, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the inspired leadership of apostles and prophets has grown from that time until now. I know that this is the Lord's true church upon the earth today.

How I live my faith

Learning to love is the key to service in the Church, in the community, in the world. I learned that love growing up in a loving family. Our love grows outside the family as we associate and work with others. Becoming a father and a grand father has caused my love to grow. Our love will grow when we look for the good in others and over look their shortcomings. I vividly remember holding our infant son in my arms and having the Holy Spirit tell me that he was on loan from God. We had about 18 years to teach and train him then we had to let him go and fly on his own. I was called to be a bishop in the church and preside over a ward (congregation). When that mantle came upon me, I felt a significant increase in love for all the people in ward. I have served as a missionary for the Church. Both as a full time missionary and as a part time missionary. I have enjoyed seeing the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ come into the lives of people I have taught and have grown to love. I was a Boy Scout and an Explorer Scout in my youth. I enjoyed the experience, the adventure, the training and the learning received in the scouts. I have served as an adult scouter for about 40 years. I love the programs and the development offered to the boys. I have enjoyed teaching opportunities presented to me in work situations. I have enjoyed teaching the laborers about the physics and chemistry of the things that they are working with. Sometimes an opportunity comes to teach about the love of God for all his children One day at work a machine operator began telling me about the sadness in his life. When he was telling me about the second situation which bought sadness, the Spirit told me that I needed to say something to comfort him. I said a silent prayer and then said, "We have good times and bad times in our lives, but the important thing is to always maintain our faith in God." My friend looked at me and said, "Thank you. God sent you to tell me that." I thanked God.