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Hi I'm R. Florence

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, dad, and web developer. I spend my days in my home office making web sites, working remotely with people of all faiths all over the country--usually with my 3-year-old making a mess out of my desk or my newborn in my lap.

Why I am a Mormon

Short answer: it gives me purpose and direction. Through the teaching of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures and modern-day prophets, I have the what I need to find peace in this life and eternal life with my family. Longer answer: I was born into it, but that's not reason enough to stick with it. The Church teaches every member to gain their own conviction of the gospel truths it teaches--and God says regularly, "Ask and ye shall receive." I read the Book of Mormon as a teenager. I really wanted to know for myself that it is true. The logic is simple: if the Book of Mormon is true then Joseph Smith, it's translator, must have been a prophet and if Joseph Smith was a prophet then the Church of Jesus Christ surely is Christ's church restored on earth, with authority to perform the sacred ordinances, like baptism, taught in the Bible. One late summer afternoon while my friends and I were about 15 minutes in to the movie "Austin Powers" yeah, seriously I felt the urge to go upstairs and get my Book of Mormon and read. So I did. I found a chair on my friend's back porch and cracked the book open to where I had left off the night before. After reading for about 20 minutes I silently asked the Lord if the book was true. I felt a surge of God's love all over my body, starting from my head down to my toes. It was spirit speaking to spirit, an experience I still can't fully describe. A feeling I know is more real than what I see with my eyes and feel with my hands. I've felt it many times since: a feeling as quiet as a whisper but as powerful as rushing water, but always a reassurance of God's love and concern for me, his son. From that moment on I no longer believed, I knew. Now, as my wife and I teach the gospel in the home of our young family, I hope to help my children know for themselves the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, Bible, and the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I serve as the secretary for the Bishop of our congregation. My biggest responsibility is managing the Bishop's schedule to meet with our members. They come to the Bishop for guidance and direction for all sorts of life's problems, be they spiritual, financial, or emotional. I also teach a class at church, once per month, on a recent talk given by one of our modern-day prophets and apostles. The time I spend preparing for these lessons is the best part of each month, I get to study the words of a prophet in our day, and feel the Spirit teach me what I need to know for my life in my relationships with God, family, friends, and everybody else.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

R. Florence
Jesus Christ did not take up his body from the grave on the third day only to shed it again later--the idea reverses the Resurrection. He remains a glorified, eternal being with body as tangible as mine. Joseph Smith prayed as a 14 year old boy to know which church to join and was visited by the Father and the Son. He describes "I saw two personages whose brightness and glory defy all description. One of them spake unto me ... and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" With an experience like that, suddenly the scriptures become very clear about the nature of God--like doing a maze backwards. Beyond the physical nature of God, I know he loves us more than we are able to comprehend. I know he is perfect. And finally I know he wants us to live as He does. Show more Show less