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Hi I'm Robert Axson

Father to a wonderful little baby boy; Husband to a loving wife-and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am politically involved. Have loved politics since I was 5 and believe political freedom and participation can bring joy and peace to society. I love to read. I often have 3-4 books I am reading at any given time. I love to travel. I hope to visit 50 or more different countries in my life. I am at 7 now so I have a long way to go. Seeing different cultures eating different foods hearing different languages and meeting different people can do wonders to helping people understand and care for each other. I served a Mormon mission in Pusan South Korea between 2002-2004. I have graduated from The University of Utah and plan to go to Law School in the next year. My wife and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary and our baby boy's first birthday in June. I have been a life-long fan of the Utah Jazz.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born to parents who where members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my father and his family were Lutheran until he was a teenager, that is not why I am Mormon. My parents, in very different ways, taught me what being a member of the church meant to them. i also had the example of other family members and friends. However, the peace of forgiveness through the atonement of Jesus Christ and the realization that He and His Father knew me personally are what make me a Mormon. I have called myself a Mormon all of my life but the understanding of what that means was not always a part of my life. Now that it is, I have been blessed with an added measure of happiness and joy. I know what it means to be a Mormon and that knowledge helps me try to be a better person every day. Because of Jesus Christ and membership in this church, I know that I can be a better husband and father. I know that I can be more loving and generous to those around me. I know that I can follow the example set by our Savior and be a better man.

How I live my faith

I participate in a group of 20-30 different men at my church. Most of us are between 20 and 40 years old and we come from all different walks of life. They are a great group of guys. When some move it is sad to see them go; but we always have new men move into our area that we get to meet. I have the opportunity to visit the homes of 3 different families every month with one of the men in my church group. It has given me the chance to get to know this man and become friends with him while getting to know these families. One of the homes we visit is that of a single adult woman. Though she struggles with MS, her smile and sincerity as a mother of a college-aged boy and friend to my family has been an absolute blessing to my life. Seeing her face her challenges with faith in Jesus Christ and with kindness has been a blessing to my family. Ultimately, the best way to live ones faith is in our every action. I hope to be an example of true christian love and service. I have a long way to go; and will always have room to be better each new day. But, I know if I do my best each day to be better than I was the day before and to more closely follow the example of Jesus Christ then I can live the faith. I have never gone wrong in my life when I have followed His example. And I have never been turned away after stumbling when I have returned to His path and followed Him.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Robert Axson
The pain that comes from mistakes and heartache in life can be overcome because of Jesus Christ. As our Savior, He know what we go through and He has overcome it. If we allow Him, the peace of overcoming heartache and pain can be ours through His grace and mercy and through our effort to follow His teachings. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Robert Axson
As a Mormon I believe that I will see my family again after I die. I know that I will be able to continue to grow and learn with my family as we continue to live in accordance with the example and teachings of our friend and Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Robert Axson
Yes. God has always given his children here on earth prophets. From Adam clear until the birth of Jesus, prophets have been here to help teach Gods truths and to testify of Jesus Christ. The apostles of Christ acted as prophets after His death and resurrection just as others had before His birth. For God, truth is eternal and everlasting as He is. Though things change for mankind as the times change, the truths contained in the gospel are everlasting and perfect. Since God loved us enough to give us prophets in previous centuries, He has given them to us today as well. With the help of modern day prophets, we can be reminded of the eternal nature of God and the perfect truths He and His Son have always taught. I know Jesus Christ blesses our lives in many ways. One way His work is carried forth to bless mankind is through the teachings of men like Moses in this day. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Robert Axson
The most important thing that we can do to increase our faith in Jesus Christ is to follow Him. He has always asked us to "come follow me." When we follow Him, we are blessed and are more able to feel of His love. His example is perfect and as we try to be more like Him our faith will grow. Hope and action will create faith in our lives. Hope that your faith will grow and take the action of following in His footsteps. They lead to wonderful places. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Robert Axson
As is the case today, America in the 1800s had many different religions and Christian sects. With so many voices telling people how they can best follow the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ, it is no wonder that a degree of confusion can occur. The best thing that we can do when we do not know what to do and who to listen to is to follow the advice given in James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.” Our Heavenly Father will always encourage us with the answers that we need to what He wants us to do. Following this example of turning to God for answers, a young boy by the name of Joseph Smith in the early 1800s listened to the truth found in this scripture and asked God where he could find the truth needed to best follow the teachings of Jesus. In a faith filled prayer made in a quiet grove of trees near his home, Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. After being introduced by His Father, Jesus Christ gave council to this young boy, directing him as to how he could best follow the teaching the Savior has given. Over the following years, and through other sacred experiences Joseph Smith was told what needed to be done in order to restore the teachings, priesthood authority, and church organization that our Savior had provided while hear in His earthly ministry nearly two thousand years before. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have promised us that they would give us wisdom and knowledge in order to know what to do. Because of a prayer given with faith by a young boy 200 years ago, many of the truths that were clouded or lost over the centuries have been restored. These truths and teachings may be found here in this church and every person may individually ask Heavenly Father through prayer to know if they are true. I know that God will answer our prayers and "if we lack wisdom" He will give us truth. As for the gospel, that is another answer all together. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is as eternal as He is. It comes from Him and His Father. Jesus Christ, as an example to us, lived it perfectly. This gospel and its perfect truths are found in this Church which Joseph Smith restored. Anyone can faithfully personally ask God through prayer if this is true. That is how the Mormon Church was started. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Robert Axson
Joseph Smith was a humble boy who listened to the promises our Heavenly Father gave in the Bible. When told to ask for wisdom and answers to questions, he took the Lord up on the promise. Through his faith, our Heavenly Father answered his question and fulfilled His promise. This boy grew to be a man who tried to be what God wanted him to be and to listen to the feelings God put into his heart. With this faith and understanding, Joseph Smith was our Heavenly Father's tool to restore many simple truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ that had been lost. I know that Joseph Smith did what God asked him to do and in so doing, a better understanding of our Savior's teachings are available to us. Show more Show less