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Hi I'm Roderick

I was born and raised in New Zealand. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The name's Roderick, or Rod, Roddy, Hot Rod. I'm about to embark on the most challenging, yet rewarding experience of my life so far. To the Australia, Melbourne mission! I was raised in the Gospel, but my family have been less active. However, I can see them starting to come back as I've prepared for my mission. I love to play sports. My favorites include American football, rugby and tennis. I'm a massive Baltimore Ravens supporter, and a more recently Melbourne Rebels fan. I love to workout on occasion, in the gym or on the field. I absolutely love the beach! Only because I just learned how to boogie board and I can't get enough of it! :D

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in a less active home, once I hit my teenage years I was constantly in and out of the Church. There would be times when I would be active in the Church and there would be several times when I wasn't. I always felt deep down that what the Church taught was the right thing to do. I didn't know it was true, but it always felt right. So when I had went against the Church's teachings I knew it was wrong, and that kept me from coming to church. I received my testimony or my first witness that the gospel was true when I was 15. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing seminary teacher, who genuinely loved me and cared for my spiritual well-being. During that year, I remember being taught about the Atonement and the process of repentance. At the time I knew that the things I was doing were wrong and I had to change. So for the first time, I applied the principle of repentance taught to me in Seminary. It was a long and tiresome process. There were a heap of times when I was depressed and suffered from low-self esteem. My mind seemed to be deteriorating further and further. As a result of it I was performing poorly in school, felt as if I had no friends and that no one truly loved me. That I was both worthless and useless. At the lowest point in my life, I turned to my Savior and asked him to take

How I live my faith

I always start and end my day with a prayer. I try my best to read the scriptures daily because I know it helps protect me from the adversary. Since the time I started filling out my forms for my mission, I've tried to unite my family closer together by having family home evenings and family prayer daily. And its working! As a home teacher, my companion and I visit with families in the ward (active and less active) and leave them with a message that can uplift and strengthen them. We also look for ways in which we can provide service for their needs.