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Hi I'm Roy

I live in Spring, Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 45 years old and a father of ten wonderful children. I enjoy playing the acoustic guitar as well as the Great Highland Bagpipe. I'm also quietly fanatical about college football. I'm a Utah native, but my employment has moved me and my large family around the Mid-West, but we're now settled in the Houston area. I'm an Engineer for a world wide technology driven oil and gas servicing company. My job, in a very small way, is to help the oil and gas industry find our nations natural resources.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon church. However, despite the love and nurturing of my parents, I had a strong tendency to test the boundaries of the standards upheld by the church. As a teenager, I began to feel the effects of my poor choices and even questioned the existence of God. I felt a desire to know for myself whether or not any church was true. I began to read the Bible and as I did so, I noticed a change in my heart. I had never read the Book of Mormon, but I did so and noticed a mighty change in my heart. I prayed and pondered over the message of the Book of Mormon and received a very strong impression that it is truly another testament of Jesus Christ who visited the people of the Americas after His resurrection. Over time, I have learned for myself that the Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the gospel as does the Bible. I have a testimony of the atonement of Christ and is very personal to me. I marvel at the fact that God continues to lead his people through a living prophet and twelve apostles just as He did in biblical times. The family is central to our creators plan and what an awesome responsibility it is to lead my family back to Him. I am a Mormon because I have learned that through obedience to the principles of the gospel, and by heeding to a living prophet, I receive personal revelation which is the purest knowledge we can obtain in this life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in whatever capacity I am called within the church. Currently, I am a home teacher. I have several families that I visit each month. I prayerfully prepare a message for these families and I'm learning that when I strive to live the gospel, the holy ghost helps me know what each of these families need to hear. The Lord is mindful of each of His children and blesses them through the hands and faith of others. I'm also actively involved with the youth (ages 12-18) of the church through the great activity arm of scouting. The principles of scouting run parallel with gospel principles. The church uses scouting as a tool to strengthen the youth through high adventure activities with a higher purpose in mind. I know that I am influencing our future leaders and try to do so by example.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Roy
Mormonsism started from the question--Which of the churches should I join? This was the question that Joseph Smith had as a young man growing up in New York during a time of great religious excitement in the early 1820's. Among the contending faiths of this time were the Methodists, Presbyterians, and Baptists. Each of these sects understood the gospel differently, as they do to this day. Joseph was unsure about which of the churches he should join. He read in James 1:5-6: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him". Joseph recounted that this scripture truly came to his heart with power and he knew that he lacked wisdow in knowing which of the churches he should join, so he prayed about it. As he began to pray, Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ appeared to him. Joseph was answered that he should join none of them because the religious sects of that day did not contain the fullness of the Gospel. This is how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was restored-- through a question. We too can know for ourselves that Mormonism is true by reading the Book of Mormon and doing what is stated in the book of Moroni (Chapter 10:3-4). If your mind and heart are open with unwavering faith that you will receive an answer, just as James 1st epistle states---It shall be given you. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Roy
This is the great mystery of life. However, we believe that this mystery has been unfolded in these latter days due to the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through latter-day revelation, we learn in Moses 1:39, that God's work and glory, or purpose, is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. This scripture, or truth, reminds us that our Father in Heaven is mindful of us and has prepared a way for each of us to return unto Him. Our purpose is simple----Do our very best in this life so we can live back in the presence of our Father. Even our best efforts wouldn't be enough, but the Savior Jesus Christ makes up for what we lack. This is our Father's grace and evidence of His redeeming love. As part of the Plan of Salvation, we must gain a body so we can learn through our own experience the difference between good and evil. Our agency is an essential part of this plan. We couldn't choose wisely without the guidance of the Holy Ghost, which can be our constant companion throughout our mortality, if we are worthy of this companionship. I believe that this is the great challenge in our lives----learning to listen and trust the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. By doing so, we come to better understand our purpose in this life as well as the life to come. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Roy
I never knew nor seen my Grandpa Davis, but I know he existed. He passed away before I was born. My Dad would tell me stories of Grandpa, so I have a sense of who he was and what kind of father he was. I'm sure this same scenario could be passed on to my generations of fathers, even down to Adam, the first man. We know, based upon the record in Genesis, that Adam and Eve walked and talked with God, who is our Father in Heaven. After they were cast out of the Garden of Eden, they were no longer in God's presence. Surely, our first parents must have longed to see their Father in Heaven. Surely, Adam and Eve had a knowledge of the Gospel. Surely, they must have passed this knowledge down to their children, beginning with Cain and Abel, and on through their posterity. I've never seen my Father in Heaven, but I believe He still exists today. It's hard to believe that we don't have a loving Father in Heaven who knows each of His children. What a blessing it is to be able to talk with Him through prayer. How grateful I am for a living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and living Apostles, who are all especial witnesses of the Savior; that our Father lives and that He sent his son Jesus Christ to atone for the sins of all mankind. We come to know and understand these truths through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. The more we exercise our faith, the more our Father in Heaven blesses us with knowledge and assurance. This is how we come to know Him. Show more Show less