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Hi I'm Ronald

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a public school teacher. I've taught thirty-one years in West Virginia and twelve years in South Carolina. I teach social studies at the secondary level. I am currently teaching 9-10 graders in an alternative school setting. I am a graduate of West Virginia University and hold a master's degree from Marshall University. I am the father of five delightful children, four sons and one daughter. I am the author of two biographies of West Virginia military figures from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. I have also written a history of the development of the Methodist Church in Webster County, West Virginia. I am an enthusiastic genealogist and have compiled a documented family tree reaching back into Europe of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. My family is mostly of German origin with a dash of Anglo-Scots thrown in. I am an avid collector of books and own a personal library of over 4000 volumes. I am looking forward to retirement and the opportunity to paint acryllic landscapes and writing for ebook publication.

Why I am a Mormon

I had long felt that something vital was missing in my life. Although raised in the Methodist Church, I never felt spiritual in the least. Joseph Smith had the same problem with this church. Around 2001 I began reading the Book of Mormon and studying it seriously. One passage in 2 Nephi, Chap. 8, verse 6, especially caught my attention, and as I studied these words of Isaiah, it became clear to me that the gap in my spiritual life needed to be filled immediately. I realized that life on this earth was transitory and was merely preparation for an eternal life that could be gained with the proper knowledge and action. I also realized that the Book of Mormon stated clearly the steps necessary to complete this plan of salvation. I was baptised in December 2005 and I am starting my seventh year as an active church member. My life is so much fuller and richer, my family is a source of delight and joy, and together we are moving toward an eternal life as one as members of the LDS church.

How I live my faith

From the beginning I have held numerous callings in our local ward. Often I felt insecure and inadequate to hold such positions of confidence and trust, but our Heavenly Father has promised us that He would notburden us with more than we could do. I have enjoyed learning the ins and outs of my various callings. I have served the ward as a teacher, Sunday School President, and counselor under three different bishops. I have always had a list of families to home teach with a companion, and these home teaching sessions did much to help me learn about the great work that the Lord expects us to peform. Home teaching is still one of the great pleasures of church membership. I have enjoyed going out with missionaries on their visits with investigators and inactive members. As a counselor in the local ward bishopric it has been my pleasure to work as the advisor to the ward primary presidency and the young men's and young women's organizations. It is a great pleasure to have three young children to raise in the church, to instruct and to learn from. My family has been sealed in the temple and we are looking forward to each other's company for now and ever after.