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Hi I'm Ralph Hall

I grew up near Boise, Idaho. I speak Finnish and Russian and am an adult educator. Married with 9 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I loved growing up on a small farm in Idaho. I served a 2-year mission to the Finland Helsinki Mission (Hyvää Suomi!), graduated from BYU with a BA in Russian, and a second major in European Studies. Minors in Economics and European Studies. I loved the BYU Honors Program! My wife and I married while at BYU - our second child was born a month after she graduated and a year before I did. Our third was born just before the end of my MBA program at Ohio State. Since Ohio we have lived in Southern California, here in Vancouver, WA, then down in the Bay Area (California), and have been back here for over 12 years. We love our 7 boys and 2 girls. Professionally I started in the logistics world working for a wonderful international steel / minerals / petroleum company based in Australia (I worked in their US ops). I have since transitioned into an adult educator. I am a senior corporate trainer at a software company, where I lead technical and "soft skills" training (the really difficult stuff!). I have taught at Portland State on the side, and will be teaching for BYU-Idaho online on the side starting this fall.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS family, but as evidenced by other family members, that's not enough of a reason to continue. I have studied doctrines of the Church. I have studied the lives of the leaders of the Church. I have studied the life and teachings and love of Christ. I have prayed about the Church. Through answers to prayers - during the prayers or during studies - I have felt that the LDS Church contains what is often called "the fullness of the gospel." A friend recently wondered why we don't talk as much about Christ in the way she does. It struck me that through continuing revelation, we really know a lot about Christ. He lives and loves me and every soul on this planet. And, of course, "this is life eternal, the they know Thee, the Only True and Living God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent." I absolutely LOVE Christ. He is my redeemer, my savior, my King, and my friend. Given our "kingless" culture here in the US in this period of humanity, I used to wonder about the whole "fall at His feet and worship Him" thing. We just don't do that here. As I have come to know Him, and to feel His presence in my life, and as I have felt of His Atonement and the enabling power of His Grace, I have come to look forward to the moment when I can fall at His feet and worship him. I will do anything for Him. I have also learned to "action confirms faith." Even Peter, who the Lord commended for having a testimony, was then counseled to "strengthen thy brethren" - AFTER he was converted. It seems there is something in between knowledge and conversion. As I have tried to serve, weak and heavily imperfect as I am, I have felt again and again a confirming witness that He lives, that He loves me, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church. I also know more and more each day, that He perfectly loves everyone - of any faith, and so should I.

How I live my faith

Right now I serve on the "high council" in our "stake" (I trust definitions are nearby this page). I have had the privilege of serving in that calling for over 5 1/2 years now, and have had the entire time the opportunity to work with the youth in our stake. Events have ranged from two "pioneer treks" in eastern Washington, to two dance festivals, many youth dances, many stake and multi-stake activities (small and large), and more. Two weeks ago we held a 7-stake youth conference here in Vancouver. Approximately 1400 youth and 200 adults attended a powerful 3-day conference. The second morning we spread out around Clark County and attacked 17 large service projects. During conference we were joined by April Meservy, Brad Wilcox, Chad Kirby, Nashville Tribute Band (of which Due West is a part), Marty and Tyler Haws, and others. It was fun and inspiring. All of these programs have been centered on providing a place that is safe physically, spiritually, and emotionally, for our youth to have fun, and more importantly, to come closer to Christ. To learn that He lives and that He loves them. That He cares for them, and that He has a plan for them - no matter how imperfect or insignificant they may feel. As a member of the high council I also get to speak about once a month (sometimes not, sometimes twice a month) in different wards in the stake. I feel a great amount of responsibility for preparing for those talks, and I enjoy the Spirit that is typically present as I prepare and deliver those. I hope others are blessed as well by the words. I pray that I'll say what He would have me say, and that the hearts of the listeners would be open to guidance from the Spirit so they know what next step they need to take (pretty much in spite of what I might say, hopefully it's helpful, but I recognize that the Spirit can communicate much more effectively than I can. Other callings in the past have been equally educational and great experiences.