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Hi I'm Robert Mortensen

I'm a birder and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho with fantastic parents and three younger brothers. Several years later, our little sister came along. I am now married to the woman of my dreams and we have four kids, one boy and three girls. I am a construction manager by education and experience. My favorite pastime is birding and photography and blogging about my birding adventures.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. I have Mormon ancestors going back to the time of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. In fact, Brigham Young is my 5th Great Uncle. Many of my ancestors were Scandinavian converts to Mormonism and came to Utah in the late 1800's. So, one could say that I was born into a long line of Mormons and that is why I am; but my faith is much deeper than my blood line. When I was a teenager, I determined that I wanted to know if the religion of my family was really what God wanted for me. I began to read The Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other books written by Mormon church leaders. I prayed to know if they were true. I felt the power of the Holy Spirit in my life confirming that what I was learning was indeed true and that I should live my life accordingly. I have had countless spiritual experiences that continually renew my faith and commitment to living the gospel truths. I've been greatly blessed in so many ways because of my faith and membership in what I know is God's Kingdom here on Earth.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the opportunity to serve others through church assignments. My current responsibilities are to help with young men between the ages of 12 and 13. I teach a couple of lessons at church on Sunday's during the month which I really enjoy preparing for and delivering. Wednesday evening youth activities are also fun and I help the youth carry out these events. One of the funnest parts of my assignment with the youth are the outdoor adventures like camping and hiking. I get to share my love of nature with these future leaders of our church and community. It is extremely rewarding for me to see these young men start to understand how important their faith in Jesus Christ is in their lives. Getting them into the woods and away from video games and iPods for a few hours helps them feel the presence of God more powerfully in their lives.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Robert Mortensen
I have had great spiritual experiences out in nature; on mountain tops...looking at wild flowers in bloom...seeing the amazing colors of birds, but nothing compares to the deep personal closeness I feel with God as I do when I am in the Temple. We call it the House of the Lord for good reason as His power and presence are felt more profoundly there. Temples are special buildings, constructed by man for a place to worship God, to make special promises of faithfulness and obedience to God's commandments, and to be taught from a more eternal perspective about the importance of our life on Earth. We also use temples to carry out sacred rites for ourselves and for our deceased ancestors who never had the chance in life to make those promises with God. I know that God recognizes our efforts in doing what we call "temple work" and that he blesses those who enter His Holy House. Show more Show less