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Hi I'm Rodney Ford

I am a great great grand son of a Mormon Pioneer. I am serving my fifth full time mission with my wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a small farm in Utah. When I was 15 years old I moved to Washington state to farm with my older brother. Together with two other farmers, we organized a corporation to better compete with other large farms. We developed from virgin soil 160 acres in the Columbia Basin to 3000 acres pioneering irrigation with water from the Snake River. From our potato storage and a packing plant, we sent out ten railroad cars a day of potatoes all over the United States. We also built a 1100 head feed lot to utilize our cull potatoes. We bred and raised colts from a 40 head herd of registered quarter-horse mares and a stallion. Later, my younger brother and I built and operated the first 10 acres of tomato greenhouses under one roof, the largest in the United States with markets in the U.S. and Canada. We moved to Utah and headquartered an eleven-state heating equipment products distribution company. Later, we built and operated 12 acres of tomato greenhouses in Colorado capitalizing on the waste heat of gas-fired power plants. This business grew to 64 acres located in Colorado and Nevada. Since then, we built and operated a plastic extrusion plant where we developed a unique process for the manufacture of gel mattresses, pads and cushions. My greatest accomplishment is as the father of nine children. My wife and I take joy in counting 70 heirs and counting!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first of all because of my belief in the Eternal Family. I also believe that Christ organized His Church in the meridian of time and that His Church has been restored in these latter-days. The covenants we make are not only important but essential for eternal life with our family. Belonging to the Church also gives me an opportunity to provide other families with these same blessings.

How I live my faith

I was raised in a large family where I was taught all my life the difference between right and wrong. The thing I learned of the most importance to me was the value of work. When I was just 8 years old, I began driving the tractor on our farm. I used to help at a dairy as I got older. I helped show cattle and other animals at the county fair. I found out that by helping others, they trusted me. We developed a relationship of trust. With that trust, they allowed me to become part of their lives such as participating in eternal ordinances for themselves and extended family. I have learned that my greatest joy comes from doing things for people who are unable to reciprocate. I've enjoyed teaching and leadership positions in my Church and in serving five full-time missions with my wife.