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Hi I'm Ralph

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for over 35 years. We have four grown children. I have a degree in astronomy and still enjoy it as a hobby. My wife and I enjoy riding motorcycles for fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up without any religious orientation at home and felt that organized religion didn't really have anything to offer me. As a young man, I was curious about religion and tried to learn at least a little about the major churches and religious groups, wondering if any of them were really totally aligned with the will of God. The summer when I was 18 our family vactioned in Utah and I attended a public visitor center at one of the temples. I learned about the Book of Mormon, purportedly ancient scripture, and was curious about it. I was impressed with the testimonies of those who knew Joseph Smith and were involved with the coming forth of the Book and wanted to know more. A couple of months later, I had the opportunity to meet with missionaries who could answer my questions. I learned that understanding about God comes not just from study and learning, but by truly communicating with him. I received a witness of the spirit that I had found the truth and accepted it. My approach to religion was never "which belief system do I like best", but "which represents the will of God." And so I chose to follow the Father and his Son. That was over 40 years ago. In the intervening years my testimony of the truth has grown by living it. I have served and worked in many capacities in the Church, including two years in a very different culture as a missionary. I have never had an experience or found any evidence that I am on the wrong path. On the contrary, I feel I and my family have been greatly blessed as we strive to follow the Savior's example. I shudder to think that I may never have found the truth many years ago and may never have known who I really am - a child of my Heavenly Father. Now you have that opportunity. Don't turn away from it.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve. The most rewarding were as a young missionary, taking the gospel message to those living in darkness and ignorance of it, and as a bishop, leader of a congregation. Both these experiences changed me and my life as I saw how the gospel can bless the lives of anyone, in any culture or circumstance, as we follow the Savior. In 2012 we sold our home and truck so that we could serve a mission together at our own expense. Today we are in Guatemala working to strengthen the Church and help other young Guatemalans have the opportunity to carry the message of the restored gospel throughout the earth.

What is being a Mormon like?

For most who join the Church, there is a feeling of finally finding home. While it feels comfortable and that you have many new friends, there is a period of adjustment, as we leave behind the negative elements of our past and learn more about our new faith. Many people have the mistaken idea that Mormons all think the same or are blind followers of a "cult". That is nonsense. There is a great diversity of ideas, personalities and cultures. We are finally free. Free from ignorance, free to choose, and free to be who we really are. Show more Show less