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Hi I'm Ron

I was born and raised in an LDS family in West Valley, Utah. I have lived in Utah all my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a technology and outdoor enthusiast. I work as a technology specialist and get along very well with computers. I love to create web sites, software for computers and have built a few computers from scratch with separate components. In my leisure time, or really any time, I love to go hiking, fishing (fly fishing in particular), hunting and camping. I feel at peace in my beloved mountains in and around Utah, Colorado and Idaho although most of my time in the mountains is spent in the region around Salt Lake and Tooele areas. I have a bachelors degree in Information Technology from WGU (Western Governor's University). Though I love technology and am immersed in it at work and sometimes at home, I love to unplug when I go to the mountains and just enjoy nature and the beauty around me. Other than in the LDS Temples, that's where I find peace and feel whole.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born as a 5th generation Mormon to a family that has Mormon roots back into England. My great, great grandfather was converted in his early 20's and became a Mormon at that time and so it has continued through that line down to me. It's the same on my maternal line although the stories are different. My great great grandfather on my mother's side was converted while he was traveling to California during the gold rush. His wife followed him a while later and so it continued on my maternal line as well. While I was born into a Mormon family, there came a time when I needed to decide for myself if this is what I wanted - if this is the church that I wanted to belong to. Although my faith was not as strong then as now, I experienced my own conversion during the time I was a student at Utah State University in Logan, UT. That was when I was by myself for an extended period of time and could choose for myself whether to attend church, to be faithful or not. I had experiences during that time at school that brought me a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel as taught by the Mormons and a testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I came to know that I am a child of God and that He loves me and that He directs this church through His living prophet. As Amos proclaimed long ago in his writings in the Bible, 'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets'. That is my testimony and why I continue to be a Mormon even now. I know in my heart that this is God's work on the earth.

How I live my faith

I am a quiet person who has trouble with being social and with big groups, but I'm working on improving that and getting out to meet and work with others. When given a chance, I volunteer to work with others as much as I can. I teach one lesson a month in my priesthood (men's) group and love studying and learning the gospel with them. Before this calling to teach, I taught the 7-8 year old children in Primary for about 6 years. That was very satisfying and I loved being with and teaching the children. I am also a Family History Consultant in my ward and help others to find, identify and learn about their ancestors. That is a current passion of mine. I've spent many hours researching, finding sources and connecting with my ancestors. It is very satisfying to me to dig through census, birth, death and marriage records to identify people in my family. I really love it when I find a couple, then find their children, then their children and spouse, and on. There have been a few times when I've connected 4 generations to my family during a particularly fun week of research. I serve as a volunteer worker in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple once a week and really enjoy the time I spend there helping others.