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Hi I'm Bob

I snowboard, scuba dive, I am a dentist, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a dentist practicing in the hometown that I grew up in. I really love dentistry because it gives me the opportunity to help alleviate people who are in pain and help others feel better about themselves. I want to make people smile! I am a regular member of the community and enjoy things like snowboarding, hiking and spending time with my family. Being a dad is awesome. I can't think of anything that makes me happier than being with my family!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the spirit of God has born witness to my spirit that this is the Lord's true church on this earth (see Romans 8:16). It didn't happen in one great revelatory moment, but gradually as I gave room in my heart and lived the teachings of the gospel. Studying the scriptures, the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible, allowed the spirit into my heart to testify of the true nature of the things recorded there. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of God because I am happy when I follow it's teachings and it helps me feel nearer unto my savior Jesus Christ and to our Father in Heaven. I've felt the spirit confirm this to me many times.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be better each day. As one of our beloved children's songs says "I'm trying to be like Jesus." The church is certainly not a place for perfect people. Jesus said he came to heal the sick and that the whole have no need for a physician. I struggle, stumble and make lots of mistakes along the way, but to me having faith in Jesus Christ means that I keep pressing forward. I try to be better, more kind, more loving etc. I live my faith by being the best husband and father I can be. I believe that God expects that of us. It is part of his plan for us to be in families and to overcome selfish desires. The most important place for us to develop christ-like selflessness is in the home. It's my responsibility to provide for my family, give them spiritual guidance and protect them from harm and evil. I live my faith by being active in it. I attend church every week, and I take on assignments from church leaders with all my heart. I'm currently called to serve with the young men in our congregation. I live my faith by not only dedicating my time to my family, but also by leading boys in scouts and other outings which gives them opportunities to develop into good people and strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. I'm far short of perfect in these efforts, but with faith in Christ, I try to lead others to him.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Bob
This is truly one of the greatest questions in life. I have been a member of the church my whole life and am still coming to know the answer to that question. There are many purposes, all of which are intended for us to become more like our Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ. Just like good parents on earth, he wants us to be happy, but also wants us to develop into good people. Just like my parents sent me to school to learn from teachers and life experiences, God has sent us to this earth to learn and grow and to see if we would choose to come to him. Show more Show less