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Hi I'm Roland 

I grew up in Maryland, USA. I taught high school for 32 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Salisbury, which is on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, USA. It was small town life for most of my youth and I have great memories. My vocation was as an educator, first in the public schools of Maryland and later Utah. I hold both a BA and a MA in history education and have recently retired after 32 years of teaching at the high school level. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in my second year of teaching. I enjoy reading, travel and genealogy work. It has been and still is fascinating to learn about my ancestors. I had the privilege of serving as a some what older! missionary in Washington State. I love to travel and have completed my goal of visiting all 50 states which has included each of the capitols.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because, in very deed, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I came to that realization while being taught by the missionaries. For me, that meant that the Book of Mormon is true. The Book of Mormon testifies of the Bible but, more importantly, it literally is a second witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. For one who lacked any real faith the experience was an epiphany that I could not deny. No event in the succeeding 40 years has changed my position. On the contrary, the events of those years have served to strengthen my earliest convictions. My decision to join the Church is one that I have never had reason to regret. Since my baptism my father, mother and brother have also joined. My brother married in the Temple and he and his wife have 4 children. Two sons who served missions and married in the Temple and two daughters who have married returned missionaries in the Temple. In addition, my cousin and her family, my best school friend and his parents have joined the Church. It isn't really too hard to explain. Simply put, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true and living church on the face of the earth. We are lead by a prophet of God and twelve Apostles. The Lord speaks again.

How I live my faith

My desire in living my faith is to be a good example. Not long after I joined the Church I received the opportunity of serving a full time mission in the great state of Washington. It has proven to be one of the foundational experiences of my spiritual life. For almost 40 years the most important part of my week has been attending church services and enjoying the association of my fellow members. I have taught the adult Sunday School class in my ward and have enjoyed serving in numerous other positions when called. I particularly enjoy seeking opportunities to share the Gospel whenever I can. I'm currently serving as a missionary and the LDS Empoyment Resources Center in Provo, Utah.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Roland 
Missionaries and/or their families fund their own missions. For some, who may not have sufficient funds, members of their home ward may participate. It's astounding that young men of 19 and young women of 21 have the faith and love for the Lord to not only dedicate two years of their lives for missionary service but do so with their own money. For them to number nearly 50,000, willing to serve where called be it Utah, South Africa or Thailand and to be instrumental in baptising hundreds of thousands yearly is nothing short of a modern miracle. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Roland 
The best answer is to simply do as the missionaries ask: pray in sincerity, read the Book of Mormon and study the scriptures. Keep an open mind. Your answer may not be immediate but it will come! It's hard to explain a testimony. Think of someone you love dearly. Suppose a friend asked you to prove your love to that person. There's nothing you can take out and do so. The same with a testimony. There's nothing one can show. There's everything you can feel just as you feel the love for a dearly loved individual. Show more Show less