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Hi I'm Roger

I'm a third generation Californian. I'm 1 of 10 children, I'm an Uncle of 51. I'm a teacher, coach and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 5 children. My family is very important to me and is the center of my life. A main part of my life is the love of sports. I am an avid sports fan. I love to both watch and play a variety of sports. I am currently coaching three separate high school teams, both boys and girls tennis and a boys soccer team. Growing up in Southern California, I am a big Dodger and Angel fan as well as the Lakers. Some of my greatest memories as a youth are going to Lakers and Dodger games with my friends and family. I loved being a part of the "Showtime" era of the Lakers in the 80's.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon and I love that I was. As much as I love sports and the Lakers and the Dodgers, I love my Heavenly Father and being a part of His true church on Earth. If I could make a sporting analogy and compare the Church to a team, I know that I am on a winning team. I know that this team has a game plan the Plan of Salvation and that I am being taught true principles about the Savior Jesus Christ and that I know what it takes to be happy and to have peace in this life. The happiness and peace comes from knowing who I am, and where I came from, and where I am going. I know that this church team provides me with all of the support that I need and has taught me how to be a good husband and father. I know that Jesus Christ lives and the he is my Savior. 

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a High Councilor in my church and have responsibilities over the youth programs in our area. I am involved with monthly dances that we have for our youth 14-18 and provide an environment of modesty and clean dance where youth can interact with each other hopefully without texting. Our local area has recently done activities based on television game shows like The Amazing Race and Minute to Win It. I speak in different ward congregations on a monthly basis on topics such as Faith, The Atonement, Prayer, etc. I enjoy my time with the youth and feeding off of their energy. We have so many good young people today and I am grateful to be associated with them.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Roger
A "testimony" is a very common phrase within the Mormon Church or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Each month, usually the first Sunday of the month members of the church are encouraged to fast for two meals and pray for something specific. As part of this "Fast Sunday", members are encouraged to bear their testimonies about any faith promoting experience that may have happened to them. Usually testimonies will have something to do with a knowledge that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, or that the Savior, Jesus Christ is real and have felt the influencing power of the Atonement in one's life. Many will testify of the power of the family and how it has given them strength. A testimony can be a power witness of the truthfulness of any gospel principle. The Savior taught his disciples in the book of John that the Comforter, or the Holy Ghost will teach us all things, and bring all things to our remembrance. I have felt on many occasions this Comforter or Holy Ghost touch my soul and give me a personal witness of God's truth's as a result of me sharing my testimony to others or by having share their testimony with me. The book of Galatians in the New Testament Chapter 5 verse 22 explains what the Comforter or Spirit feels like and I have learned what these feelings are and I have been blessed to have felt this spirit so often. This is my "testimony" to you. Show more Show less