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Hi I'm Ron

I'm an NBA Statistician and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a sixty year old married man with a wonderful wife of 37 years. I'm been blessed with four children and eight grandchildren. I wouldn't trade them for anything. I love hanging out with my family. Whether it's going bowling, catching a movie or just playing cards or board games. For the past 32 years I have had the best part-time job ever... I keep the stats at home games for the Utah Jazz Basketball Team. My company, which is made up of family members, shows up at each home game, the Jazz feed us and then we keep the stats. GREAT part-time job. As far as my full-time job, I have been unemployed for the past 22 months. Not uncommon in today's uncertain economic conditions. I was a good, loyal, hardworking employee making my company successful, and yet, I was let go. It has been one of the most difficult times of my life. The discouragement, frustration, and loss of confidence were tough to deal with on a day-to-day basis. It required some REAL soul-searching to determine why nobody was hiring me. When it first happened, I felt my wife and I could survive for about 6-8 months, however, with some tender mercies from the Lord we have kept going.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon faith. I had very wise ancestors who heard the gospel message and readily accepted it. But just being a Mormon by birth doesn't mean you automatically have a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. Everyone still has doubts and has to find out for themselves that the church is true and its teachings are correct. I think everyone who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a convert. Whether they joined the church later in life or if they gained a testimony after being born in the church. Everyone needs to have that conversion take place in their life or they will never know for themselves if the church is true or not. When I was a teenager, I was amazed at the story of Joseph Smith. How could a young man, about my age, have such incredible faith as to see the Father and the Son? Why couldn't I have that faith? I read where Jesus taught that if you had only the faith of a mustard seed, a seed that is VERY small, you could MOVE mountains. I wanted that type of faith, not to move Mountains or to see heavenly messengers, but to call down the blessings of heaven, to know without a doubt that Jesus lived and that this was his true church on the Earth. I wanted to experience miracles, like what happened to Joseph or to the ancient apostles. I prayed often that I might have this type of faith. I quickly learned that faith is like that mustard seed. It requires care and nurturing. It doesn't happen just overnight. It might appear to those who hear the Joseph Smith story that his faith was immediate, that all he had to do was read the scripture in James (if any of you lack wisdom), pray, and have all those incredible experiences happen to him. I'm sure though that if we look a little harder, Joseph was building his faith line upon line precept upon precept throughout his entire life.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about providing service to others. That is how Jesus lived his life and that is how his followers should live theirs. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I do my best to follow the example of the Savior. I visit those in need of assistance, the elderly, the sick and afflicted. When needed I give them priesthood blessings of peace and comfort. I help at a food bank and provide my time to assist in humanitarian relief work to those who have need. I donate my time to fulfill callings within the Church and assist in service projects. A great King from the Book of Mormon declared, "that when you are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I believe that to be the absolute truth. After finishing second five times in my job interviews, my wife and I felt inspired to go serve a mission for our Church. So we sold our dream home of 26 years, and headed out on a new journey. We served in a large city in the United States and are loved every minute of it. We loved teaching individuals about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, working with disabled individuals and the elderly.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Ron
They will tell you of the GREAT love your Heavenly Father has for you. They will tell you how you lived with your Heavenly Father before you came to this Earth and why you came. They will tell you how the restoration of Christ's Church occurred, how Joseph Smith saw and spoke with the Father and the Son. They will tell you of the Book of Mormon, its message and promise to know of the truthfulness of it. They will tell you of God's Plan of Happiness and what it means to you now and when you die. They will tell you how you can live with your family forever. They will tell you how you can return to live with your Heaven Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. They will tell you how we can prepare for the Second Coming of our Savior. They will tell you of a living Prophet who receives revelation today, not just for the Church, but for the world. If you listen and take their challenge, you will know for yourself if this Church is true and what you need to do once you learn that is it true. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Ron
Only worthy members of the Church are allowed in our Holy Temples. This is because sacred saving ordinances, both for the living and the dead, are being performed in these temples. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Ron
It's an organization made up of women in the Church, who provide relief to their neighbors and strengthen women's lives both spiritually and physically. Women are a huge part of our church. They are a huge strength for the family and providing the nurturing of the family. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Ron
I'm not sure. Sometimes it is easier to call it a cult rather than investigate why we believe and act the way we do. It may also be because we perform sacred saving ordinances in Holy Temples that only worth Church members can enter. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Ron
Absolutely. The sealing power to allow that to happen was given to the prophet Joseph Smith by the ancient prophet Elijah. That authority has been passed down to our current prophet, President Monson. If sealed in the Temple of our Lord, with that power, families can live together FOREVER! What an incredible blessing. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Ron
It follows the long established principle of tithing. Its members also fast for two meals each month and donate the savings from those two meals as an offering to assist the poor and needy. In addition, all individuals who serve in the Church do so without compensation. Members also donate their time to local and Church humanitarian events to help the needy around the world. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ron
Christ is the center of our church, everything we do is in his name. He restored his ancient church here on the earth again through the Prophet Joseph Smith. We believe Christ reveals his word to a modern day prophet today, that prophet is Thomas S Monson. He receives revelation not only for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but for the whole Earth. Christ directs his Church today through his living prophet, just as he did in ancient times. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Ron
When Christ's Church was restored as it existed anciently, it had to be exactly as it was when Christ established it. His organization included 12 Apostles, hence his restored Church would need the same thing. These 12 Apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ just as his Apostles were anciently. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ron
We will be saved by Jesus' grace after all we can do. We must exercise our faith, repent of our sins, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, keep his commandments and endure to the end. Then, and only then will Jesus' grace save us.  Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ron
It is a second witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was written by ancient prophets living in the America's and translated by Joseph Smith through the power of God. It tells of Christ's visit to the America's after his resurrection and contains the fullness of his Gospel. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Ron
By prophecy, men hold the priesthood and administer the ordinances of the gospel with it. Women lead their Relief Society organization, hold callings in several organizations, and preach the gospel through talks they give in our various meetings. They also visit the sick, afflicted, and widows within their various neighborhood. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Ron
We believe that all men will be resurrected, and that we will all live forever. At final judgment, we will, be judged of our works here on Earth and be assigned a Kingdom of Glory or if a lover of Satan, perhaps assigned to his realm of Outer Darkness. Those that excelled in keeping the Lord's Commandments and receives the saving ordinances of the Gospel will have the opportunity of living forever with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. This life with them is defined as Eternal Life. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ron
It is when the Holy Ghost prompts you or testifies to you that things regarding the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ are true. That his true Church is once again established on the earth with everything necessary to prepare you for the Second Coming of the Savior. Once you have had the Holy Ghost testify of these truths, your testimony cannot be denied. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Ron
It is a necessary ordinance to enable us to return to our Heavenly Father. We believe it needs to be done by an individual having the proper authority for it to be recognized by our Heavenly Father. It is not required until an individual reaches the age of accountability which is deemed to be 8 years old. Baptism is done by immersion, like Jesus was baptized. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ron
No, it was banned in the late 1800's. Any one who professes to be a member of the Church and is practicing polygamy is excommunicated from the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Ron
That he is REAL, we were and are created in his image. Through Joseph Smith's vision of the Father and Son, we know they are glorified beings that we look like. God loves us and has provided us a plan to enable us, through the atoning sacrifice of his Son, to return once again to live with him, FOREVER. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Ron
Families are the most important thing in God's Kingdom. We came to live with families here on Earth to help each other keep God's commandments so that we can live with him again. A family CAN be together forever. If they are sealed together by the proper authority, they will live with it other after this Earth life. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ron
No, none are required. It is encouraged for young men if they so desire. I served a mission as a 19 year old, to Australia, and now are serving a second one some 40 years later. Both experiences are the best things I have ever done. Almost all missionaries report the same feelings. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Ron
Thomas S Monson. He receives revelation from Jesus Christ to guide Christ's Church on the Earth today and to prepare the world for the Savior's Second Coming. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Ron
It's the authority to act for God. Jesus ordained his Apostles to the priesthood when he was here on the earth. We believe we have that same priesthood given to us and can trace our priesthood back to Jesus. This priesthood is required to perform the saving ordinances of the Gospel. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Ron
Contact a member of the Church, the Church itself, or a Missionary. We want to share our message of peace, hope, and all the blessings that come through membership in God's true church, with all that are interested. After being taught by the Missionaries, an individual can be baptized and confirmed a member of the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Ron
Our bodies are laid to rest in the Earth until the resurrection, while our spirits return to that God that sent us. The spirits go to the spirit world to await reuniting with our bodies at the resurrection. Individuals who were righteous during their time here on the Earth are received into paradise, while those who did evil during their probationary stay here on the Earth go to spirit prison. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ron
There are a number of ways, however, they all end the same way. You must humble yourself, have a real intent to know the truth, have faith in Jesus Christ that you will receive an answer and then ask, the Father in the name of Christ if it is true. You can do this after you've read part or all of the Book of Mormon. You can do it after you attend one of our Church Meetings. You can do it after you've been taught by the Missionaries or seen a Church DVD. You can do it after you have felt the spirit of the Holy Ghost or you can do it after you've read or seen someone else's testimony on Mormon.org. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Ron
Tithing has been a law from God from the beginning of time. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses it's tithing donated by its members to further the work of the Lord. That work includes, providing care for the poor and needy, building and operating temples, and the building and maintenance of Church's meetinghouses. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Ron
When the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith in the early 1830's, he learned of God's Plan of Happiness that will allow ALL of us to return to live with him again. This "Good News" needs to be shared with everyone. We are ALL God's Children and he wants ALL of us to return. Since Joseph Smith restored Christ's Church as it existed anciently with everything necessary to be saved in Christ's Kingdom, we want to share that "Good News" with the world so that all of us can partake of it's glorious message. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Ron
Joseph Smith received a health code revelation which has since been called the Word of Wisdom. This Word of Wisdom tells us that certain things are harmful to our body, while other things are good for us and even others should be used only sparingly. Individuals who follow this health code will have healthier bodies and will enjoy the use of their bodies more. Several studies have shown the members of our Church have healthy lives. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Ron
God loves all his children the same. Many die without the opportunity to be baptized, an ordinance that needs to be performed in the flesh. Therefore, worthy members are baptized as proxies for individuals who didn't get that opportunity. The individual who has passed on to the next life, will have that opportunity to either accept or reject that ordinance. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Ron
Because of our additional scriptures, the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is such a critical part of our beliefs that many call us Mormons after the title of the Book. Early members of the church were often known as Mormons. While we don't mind that title, our actual name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are Christ's Church which is why our Church is named after him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Ron
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. A personage of spirit who testifies of the truth. His power and influence can be a constant companion for members of the Church. As a personage of spirit, he can communicate directly to your spirit those things that are true. Show more Show less