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Hi I'm Ron

I grew up in Northwestern Montana, USA. I married and raised my family in Seattle, Washington. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I am a "baby boomer" (born the year after the end of World War II) and a "flower child" from the 60's. My best friend is my wife. Together we share 8 kids (via a second marriage) and 33 grand children. Born in Southern Idaho, raised in Northwestern Montana, married in Seattle raising our children there....and have lived in Texas, Northern California and now in Phoenix. I had my own consulting business for 15 years and then after was a Real Estate and Development professional for another 20 years. I have been retired for 9 years, but have been doing personal investment due diligence and engaged in a start-up company. I am actively engaged in my church and with my family. We love to travel and spend time at our cabin in the mountains among the pine trees...which is two hours from our home. We do many family activities at home, reunions, at the cabin, and on family vacations...and also doing service projects. My wife and I spent 18 months in Eastern Europe on a mission for our church, and enjoyed learning another culture, making friends and being engaged serving others. I love sports...probably to a fault. Baseball is my favorite sport...however, because my favorite NFL team has been to the Superbowl the last two years, football has my interest now. I enjoy golf, but I am not great at it...but at my age that is about all I can do now. But it wasn't too many years ago that I could mix it up with almost anybody on a basketball floor.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon...a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for one very basic reason--I know that the Church represents truth. And the truth is that I have a loving Father in Heaven who literally is the father of my spirit. He knows me personally, as a father would know a child...of course even better because He is perfect. He wants me to be happy...to find joy...to do the right things so that I may return to live with Him again. How do I know this? Well first it makes intellectual sense to me to know where I came from, why I am here on this earth at this time, and to know where I am going. But more importantly than to appeal to my intellect, the Spirit of the Holy Ghost has spoken to my spirit. Thus Spirit to spirit I have been taught the truth. I know it. The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. We have the Bible (the Old Testament and the New Testament) and the Book of Mormon. I challenge anyone to read it and then tell me it is not true. Father in Heaven has provided me with this wonderful book to complement the Bible. Daily prayer, daily scriptures and direction from living prophets helps me to understand God's Plan of Salvation...His plan of Happiness...and how I can return with my Eternal Family to live with Him again. That is what it is all about. God's work and glory is to bring about the immortality and eternal life of His children. Yes, we have prophets on the earth today! Doesn't it makes sense, that if we needed Noah, Abraham, Moses, Peter, James and John in their day, why would we not need prophets in today's wicked world to help us make it through the day and help us to prepare for the Second Coming of the Savior? I believe that Joseph Smith is the first prophet of our times and that he restored the only true and living gospel and Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days so that we can all help each other prepare. I believe all that to be true...so that is why I am a Mormon. Because it is true!

How I live my faith

As I mentioned before...I am actively engaged in my church. I currently have a leadership calling in my ward--which for those of you who may not know, a "ward" is a congregation representing a certain geographic area. To magnify my calling, it requires many hours per week. We are a lay church, so of course, we are not paid--with money that is. I do this work because I love the Lord and I love the people I am serving. So, yes, I am paid with blessings--it feels great to help other folks and know you are doing positive things...making a difference! I also have a teaching assignment whereby at least once per month, with a companion, I visit families assigned to me from the ward, leaving the family an inspirational message and seeing if I can help them in any way. I love working with the youth. I am able to do that in my current leadership role, but over the years I have spent most of my "church time" specifically assigned to teenage youth. Teaching Sunday School, planning and attending activities, outings and camps, and counseling. Scout Camp, Girls Camp, Saturday Water-skiing trips, 70-mile canoe and camping trips, a week at the ocean...great fun. And all Christ-centered activities. They are a joy (most of the time). When my wife and I returned from our mission, we were called to serve in the Nursery for a year. One of the best years of my life. Those 2-3 year old kids are the best! So much fun! As they grow up, they remain good friends. Our church participates in many community service activities. I enjoy serving. Even though at times some projects seem like a lot of work...and maybe my priorities are elsewhere...thus a little bit of intrepidation, and quite frankly maybe a little going-in dread, there has never been a time when I have finished my participation in a service event that I haven't felt great! You grow to love the people you serve.