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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a family man.

About Me

I'm happily married with seven wonderful kiddos. I volunteer as a leader in my local church organization, and I enjoy being outdoors, hiking and camping. I like to run, and play golf and racquetball, though I'm not particularly good at any of them.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is that I feel strongly in my heart that this church has the truth and authority which Jesus Christ came to the earth to provide for all of God's children. In this church, we learn that God loves all of His children and has provided a way for ALL of us to return to Him. He loves us so much that He provided his Son to suffer, die, overcome death, and overcome sin for each of us. He expects us to keep His commandments, but allows us to repent when we fall short (even far short). I don't know of any other religion that teaches that the family is ordained of God and central to His plan for His children. The authority is here to bind families together forever in relationships that will last beyond the grave. A heaven without my family would not be heaven, and I would not want to be there. I want to spend my life working to align my will with my Heavenly Father's and to qualify for the blessings God has promised to the faithful. I want to lift and bless others and be an instrument in God's hands to help others to have the same blessings.

How I live my faith

I serve as the leader of my local stake (several local congregations--similar to a diocese). I work closely with my two counselor-presidents as we share in the general responsibilities for watching over the spiritual and physical welfare of the 3,000+ members of our stake. I typically spend between 25-40 hours per week in these volunteer capacities. Having the opportunity to directly affect others' lives for good is very fulfilling and helps me feel closer to God.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Robert
Great question! Thankfully, you don't have to take anyone's word for it. As one of God's children, you can approach Him directly in prayer and ask. Take some time to look into what the Church teaches so that you can be informed when you ask. This site is a good starting place. I also recommend that you invite missionaries into your home so that you can ask all the questions you would like. Ultimately, you will need to give it the ultimate test . . . ask God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Robert
We believe that we are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, but with an important caveat, the Lord only provides this grace "after all we can do." Exercising faith in Jesus Christ is an important qualifier for the blessings that He offers. The Apostle James understood this clearly when he wrote: Chapter 2 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. We do not believe that our works save us, but we do believe that Jesus requires our very best efforts as evidence of our faith in Him. When we have faith--real faith--then He provides His grace as He did in the comforting words to Paul: "And He said unto me: 'My grace is sufficient for thee.'" See 2 Corinthians 12:9 Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Robert
Absolutely! It is typically accepted that there are five major religions or bodies of religious thought in the world: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Within each there are several sects or sub-religions or ways of practicing religious worship. The Christians obviously worship Jesus Christ. There is a huge spectrum of belief and practice, but all those who accept Jesus Christ as divine and as the Savior of the World are Christians. For some reason, some fellow Christians have periodically decided to claim for themselves naming rights to who may properly carry the title of the world religion. I know what I am, and we know what we are. It seems audacious that another person would presume to describe another's religious belief and practice. I am most certainly a Christian and a devout follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am also comfortable enough in my own skin to happily allow my brothers and sisters to claim the title of "Christian," be they Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Presbyterian, Jehovah's Witness, Baptist, Presbyterian, Anglican, or any other group that worships Jesus. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Robert
Devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live the ancient law of tithing. You can read about this in the last book of the Old Testament . . . Malachi 3: 10-12. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts. "Tithe" means tenth. The law of the tithe, as practiced by Latter-day Saints, is that we pay one-tenth of all of our increase to the Church. These sacred funds are used to build church buildings and temples and to grow the Church throughout the world. As the vast majority of the Church's leaders are lay or non-professional, and do not receive any sort of monetary wage for their work, these funds can be used to build and operate the Church. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Robert
Wards and branches are similar types of congregations that are, basically, differentiated by size. They are the basic congregations of the LDS Church. They are quite like a parish. They are the smallest congregation that encompasses the entire family--women, men, and children. Branches are smaller, developing units. Wards are typically larger, more mature congregations. Branches are presided over by a branch president and two counselors. Wards are presided over by a bishop and two counselors. A stake is a group of wards or branches--typically between 5 and 12. It is similar to a diocese. It is presided over by a stake president and two counselors. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Robert
It is because, in addition to the Bible, we believe in a book of ancient scripture called The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Church's founder, Joseph Smith, translated the book from ancient records. When, in the early 1800's, Joseph made the translated record available, detractors coined the term "Mormon" as a derogatory nickname for those that believed what he was teaching. For better or worse, the nickname stuck and is no longer considered derogatory. Now, members of the Church often use the name as a shortened version of the the Church's name. The name of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a good example. Show more Show less