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Hi I'm Rock

I'm a husband, father, grandfather, healthcare executive and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Yes, that is my given name; I had no choice in the matter but I do like the name. Rock is a family surname. My dear wife and I are now "empty nesters" or so that is what others have called us. We are currently serving a mission for the Church. I really don't feel old. My career has been primarily in the business side of healthcare. My passion to serve the Lord is met through unpaid "callings" or assignments in the Church and through community service. We have seven children. Our living children are all active in life and contributing significantly in the areas where they live. Five are married and all are anxiously engaged in work, school or home-making. They have blessed us with eleven grandchildren. The Church and Gospel provides a wonderful structure for service to others and is a huge support for our own family and has helped us as we have raised our children and as we begin in our new roles as "In-laws" and grandparents. One of our seven was still-born, and we have great hope to be with him again one day. My hobbies are working with people, computer/technology, networking, keeping up with good movies, walking and exercising with my wife and fine (weight watching?) dining.

Why I am a Mormon

Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings great happiness! One of the many strengths of this Church is that in spite of my families long involvement in the Church (my wife and I are both 5th generation Mormon), every individual, including me has had to come to know for themselves whether Jesus is the Christ and whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is His Kingdom on Earth, which I testify it is. These things I have come to know to be true myself. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been confirmed to me by the Spirit, or Holy Ghost, as I have changed my ways and repented of my mistakes and sins. This confirming "rightness" has also come by learning of the Lord by Jesus Christ through study of the Scriptures (Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price), but most importantly from the Book of Mormon and the power of the Spirit teaching and testifying to me; very personally, privately and powerfully. This process of the Spirit teaching and testifying began early in my life and continues to this day. I think I have come to know it better now that when I was young, but it is still very real and compelling. I invite you to come and see and find out for yourself if what I say is true. One of the best ways to do this is to read the Book of Mormon prayerfully and ask Our Heavenly Father if what is taught is true. Joseph Smith was a Prophet of the living God and was an instrument in His hands to do a great work, including the translation of the Book of Mormon and the establishment of the LDS Church. There is a living Prophet on the earth TODAY! Thomas S. Monson is that man, with that assignment from God. It is my conviction that the World, with all of its problems, can find solutions for them all in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many hearts, touched one heart at a time by the Gospel, will change this world!

How I live my faith

It has been said that "the things men believe in are the things they do." My beliefs are centered on faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in his teachings, his atonement and confidence in His inspired servants and in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. My hope would be to reflect, by my actions, my faith in Jesus Christ. My assignments in the Church have been many and varied over many years. They have provided me ways to serve others, helped me develop patience, leadership skills and a love for people. Our service in the church, also called "callings" changes from time-to-time. My current church assignments include serving as a leader with our Young Single Adult (YSA) congregation. These YSA are ages 18-30 years old and they are a lively, intellegent and wonderful group! They keep me alert and in touch with use of technolgy. The Gospel and Church have been such a powerful blessing to me! The Gospel because I've found great happiness and means to deal with the comotion of life. The Church becase it provides a consistent structure for service to others. I love to share the Gospel. I do so now with you in the hope and with the desire that you might find strength, solace, stability and lasting happiness in this turbulent world. Working to live Gospel principles affect how I do business as well; trying in my imperfect way to reflect Christ-like principles. Because of scriptures and living prophets, I have come to know that I am a son of Heavenly Parents. You and I are in this world as part of a grand plan, A plan of happiness designed by our Father in Heaven. The Savior Jesus Christ has paid the demands of justice for all my mistakes, sins, weaknesses, sorrow and omissions on condition of my repentance and obedience to His divine commands. His sacrifice and my desire to follow Him informs my thoughts, desires and actions.

Who are the Mormons?

Rock
"Mormon" is actually a nick name given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a nick name which we don't mind having. It comes from one of the books we revere as scripture, The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ; a religious record of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. One of the Prophets of God in that book was named Mormon. Mormon translated means: More good. The words to a Hymn (#187) which we sing just before we partake of the Sacrament reflect my testimony and demonstrate in verse our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ: God loved us, so he sent his Son, Christ Jesus, the atoning One, To show us by the path he trod The one and only way to God. He came as man, though Son of God, And bowed himself beneath the rod. He died in holy innocence, A broken law to recompense. Oh, love effulgent, love divine! What debt of gratitude is mine, That in his off’ring I have part And hold a place within his heart. In word and deed he doth require My will to his, like son to sire, Be made to bend, and I, as son, Learn conduct from the Holy One. This sacrament doth represent His blood and body for me spent. Partaking now is deed for word That I remember him, my Lord. Text: Edward P. Kimball, 1882–1937 Also, in the Living Christ - Testimony of the Apostles it provides significant insight into what we collectively believe of Christ. I encourage you to read this powerful testimony found at the link below: http://ow.ly/F5ANL Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rock
"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:20) Come and see for yourself. Find a congregation near where you live with help from this link: https://www.lds.org/locations?lang=eng Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), said: “We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.” Show more Show less