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Hi I'm Rod

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Idaho and moved to Colorado after college where I have lived and worked most of my life.

About Me

I graduated from college with an electrical engineering degree and have worked several years in telecommunications. I am the proud husband of my fantastic wife, Sandy. We have four wonderful children, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Our family is paramount to us and is the source of much joy and happiness. I love classical music, playing the piano, and reading the scriptures and gospel related books and talks. I find the gospel to be a bottomless source of wisdom, comfort and wonder. I enjoy the outdoors and spend many hours working on landscaping projects. Fishing, target shooting, biking, camping and hiking are also favored outdoor activities. Sandy and I have enjoyed our hobby of finding and collecting antiques. One of the major developments in my life has been the privilege of providing care and support for a chronically ill family member. My understanding of the breadth and depth of the range of human emotions has steadily increased as I have witnessed the suffering of a loved one and have felt the frustrations of the limits to which I can help. My appreciation for our Savior and His Atonement has expanded with these experiences. The hope and assurance provided by the gospel message has been essential in carrying us through the most difficult situations, and provides the assurance that whatever God's will may be for us, He will make it all right for us in His own due time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a part-member family. My Mom was a life-long Mormon who fell in love with and married a dashing young man who was not particularly religious. About eight years later I came along and another eight years later my father and I were both baptized into the Mormon church on the same day. I have never doubted there was a God since I was old enough to comprehend the notion. He was my companion while I grew up, through my 'young man' years, and still is. I have always sought His advice and as the years have passed have learned to recognize His input more clearly. As I have studied the gospel as contained in Mormon doctrine, I have felt the confirmation of the Holy Ghost regarding its truthfulness. The more I study and understand the doctrines, the more powerful that confirmation becomes. I am overwhelmed by the love for us, His children, that His beautiful plan of salvation contains, and that is exhibited by that most remarkable act of love and grace performed by His Son, Jesus Christ, the atonement of Christ. His love is still evident in our day as witnessed by His restoration of His gospel in these latter days. He has provided us with a detailed map containing all the principles and ordinances, accompanied by His delegated authority, that we need in order to work our way back into His presence and experience the unimaginable joy that He has in store for those who keep his commandments. That is my goal for myself and all those I love. My testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel as taught by the Mormon church is solid and precious to me. I know what I believe and I know why I believe it. Each day I learn a little more and it is nourishment to my soul. The degree of peace and contentment that I am able to enjoy in this troubled world and my challenging life is due in large part to my testimony of the gospel and my assurance that God lives, as does His Son, Jesus Christ, and that they love me as a righteous Father loves His son.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day. I realize that my understanding of the principles of the gospel exceeds my current ability to live them perfectly, but paraphrasing C.S. Lewis, 'we never really know how bad we are until we start trying to be better'. I spend considerable time studying gospel principles as contained in the scriptures and illustrated to us by our Savior, Jesus Christ, through His perfect example. I love the scriptures and the words of God given to us for our use in guiding our lives. I work to apply those principles as I live my life. I serve in church callings. I have served in several leadership positions, working both with youth and adults. I have done considerable teaching for all ages, and find it to be extremely rewarding, probably because I thoroughly enjoy discussing gospel principles. I have performed many of the administrative callings in the Church, both on the Ward and the Stake basis. The rewards from all this so called 'work' are numerous, not the least of which is the privilege of associating with really choice people. I serve in the community, volunteering time and providing expertise and counsel having been obtained from the experiences of my professional work. I serve my family, including a chronically ill individual that I discussed earlier. In each of these cases I try to tailor my behavior, my actions and the service I provide to be consistent with the principles of the gospel that I know and treasure. I am far from perfect, and the trappings and attractions of the world are ever present with me as with all of us. However, my faith is clear and strong and is the foundation on which I build my current life and my future hope. I cannot imagine trying to live my life without the understanding of my purpose that the gospel gives me, nor without the support that I feel from being a member of this church and a loved child of my Heavenly Father. Life is rough but really good!