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Hi I'm Rob.

I grew up in Virginia. I am a reconstructive surgeon. I'm a husband and father of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Happily married, I am a father of four. We went through medical training that took us from Virginia to Kentucky, Texas, and even Taipei Taiwan. As a surgeon, my emphasis is restoring form and function to defects caused by cancer. This subspecialty puts me in contact with tremendous patients demonstrating substantial courage to overcome their disease. I also have the opportunity to interact with surgeons of similar interest throughout the world. I find that as my children get older, my hobbies evolve to include what my children are interested in. As a result, I'm coaching soccer, studying rules for rugby, learning what it means to "sache," reading magical books, understanding variations of four square, and playing one-on-one with the rim set at any height between 5 and 10 feet. My family and I are regularly rediscovering the amazing earth with hiking, camping, skiing, or biking.

Why I am a Mormon

Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I find an organization that not only cares about its congregations but all of God's children. Any individual at any level of life experience will find a meaningful role and fulfilling participation in the organization of the Church. More important than the programs of the Church, however, are the principles of the gospel in its fullness that can be found in its teachings. It makes sense to my heart and mind that God is unchanging: that He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I don't believe that He would stop loving His children or love one nation more than another. Consequently, I believe that just as He communicated to His children through holy prophets and personal inspiration through all times of recorded history, it would be no different today. With so many voices clammering for our attention, support, and conviction, He would have to have a way to confirm to His children what He is like, who He really is, where we came from, why we are here, how we can have true joy and peace in this life, as well as the answers to any other questions that are troubling us. I believe that God sent His Son to earth to teach, to exemplify, and to atone for our sins. If His Son truly is the only way, truth, and life, then I want to follow Him.

How I live my faith

I truly feel that life has a purpose, that we are here on this planet for a deliberate reason. As such, I feel God is literally a loving Father in Heaven. I appreciate daily opportunities to express in prayer my gratitude, my needs, my triumphs, my struggles, my joys, and my sorrows. I believe that the family is essential to the eternal purpose of life. As such, in addition to being involved in our children's lessons and games, we take time as a family to read the scriptures daily, have meaningful family activities, listen regularly to our children, teach them often lessons of faith and life, and have a weekly date night as a couple. A sense of being a part of God's family also gives me an extra drive in my profession as a surgeon. When I truly am able to see my patients as children of God, a brother or sister who is struggling with an affliction, I feel an increase in a capacity to love. Though some processes of treatment are challenging to both the doctor and the patient, that vision gives me added motivation, strength, and even inspiration. At my work, in my recreation, with my family, or during my time alone, I find greater satisfaction in living the principles taught by our Savior during His mortal ministry and through His holy prophets. I find that when I can honestly do what God would want me to do, the other areas of my life fall into place. I strive to be available to serve Him through serving my neighbor, His children. Lasting joy does not come from constant self-indulgance, but rather from serving others and bringing about good in your home, in your neighborhood, in your generation, in your world.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Rob.
While we have several activities at our meetinghouses throughout the week (to include activities such as Scouting, athletics, community service, etc.), our worship services are on Sundays. At that time, we go in our "Sunday best" which helps keep a special feel to the day. We celebrate religious holidays (such as Easter and Christmas) as well as holidays unique to the countries in which we live (in the United States celebrating Independence Day or Marin Luther King, Jr Day). Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Rob.
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is a compilation of the writings and testimonies of several ancient prophets but from the ancient Americas. It was translated by Joseph Smith, Jr. and first published in 1830 in upstate New York. It is important for all of God's children to have knowledge of their Savior no matter where they live geographically or chronologically. Just as His coming was prophesied by prophets in the near east, so it was prophesied in other regions. And just as it was important for people of ancient times to have the testimony of those prophets, it is important for us in our time to have them as well. For this reason the Book of Mormon was revealed to and translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. It serves as a companion to the Old and New Testament to testify and teach of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less