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Hi I'm Rayland

I am a devoted husband, father, gardener, self-reliant enthusiast and professional counselor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a devoted husband and father. Those who know me know these are my highest priorities. I have many interests. I am a self-reliance enthusiast—gardener, hobby farmer, want-a-be woodworker and Licensed Professional Counselor (psychotherapy). With the unfailing devotion of my wife I completed my graduate program at Lewis University in counseling psychology in 2011 after earning a bachelor’s of science in psychology at Utah State University. With a young growing family this was a challenging time. We were blessed by God through friends in our local congregation, worked together and are grateful we did. I find joy helping people work through problems—overcome depression, anxiety and learn to make healthier lifestyle choices. Presently I work for a rural community health agency. I also find great satisfaction working on our little farm. Becoming self-reliant is important. I love backpacking and camping, hunting & riding horses. When I have quiet time I am reading, writing for our blog site, or planning my next big project to improve the garden or the farm. We enjoy working as a family and frankly it would not be fun without them! We even love going to airshows when we can. I have an affinity for baking, especially bread. Nothing is better! With our growing children, homeschooling, and many church assignments my wife and I stay pretty busy! We know our most important priority is creating an eternal family!

Why I am a Mormon

Living the Gospel and keeping my sacred covenants is very important to me. I work hard to live what I know is true. I have learned from experience that God is actively and intimately involved in our lives and communicates His will for me and our family as we seek it. The Heavens are not closed! The blessings I received, our family receives every day are very tangible. By living close to the Spirit I receive guidance throughout the day in all I do, my professional work, to raising my children, to making decisions, and looking for chances to help others. I am not without challenges though! As a LDS I believe this is the whole purpose for living, to grow and progress, and you cannot do that without hardships. I can realize my divine potential by doing what is right and learning more. Knowing my Father in Heaven and my Savior Jesus Christ love me unconditionally helps me do what is right & to earn my Heavenly Fathers trust. I am happiest when I am living the fullness of the Gospel--choosing the right every day. I have avoided many problems by doing this and I am grateful.

How I live my faith

Simply said, I try everyday to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Everyday I thank my Heavenly Father for everything I have. I try to be the same person at home, at work, and at church. And when I mess up I am grateful for the principle of change called repentance! I have found there is only one meaningful way to live the gospel--with full purpose of heart.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

For Latter-day Saints (LDS) living our faith is an integral part of daily life. We are asked to consecrate our time, talents and everything we have been blessed with to help and participate in building the kingdom of our God Heavenly Father and Christ on the earth. This translates into giving our time voluntarily to assist other members of our local congregation and our neighbors in regular service both temporally (fixing a drain, doing yard work, or moving, etc.) and spiritually (teaching, leading, taking the sacrament, etc.). We accept callings and assignments to serve in various ways such as teaching, organizing activities, leading, all of which is designed to lift both the one serving and the one receiving the service. Essentially we live a culture of service, sacrifice and obedience. It is a deeply purposeful and meaningful way to live! We have the assurance of good things to come as well as many immediate blessings. Show more Show less