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Hi I'm Bob

I am a retired high school math teacher, a grandfather, a hiker and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As my picture suggests, I enjoy hiking in rural New England. I have recently retired from teaching high school mathematics and serving as the computer guru for the school. I got my Ham radio license last year, but have not done much with it recently, since we were putting an addition on our house.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church. Forty-seven years ago, I had a Mormon roommate in a summer study at the University of Montana. Following my study that summer, I went to the Joseph Smith Memorial Birthplace in Sharon, Vermont. The missionaries invited me to Church on Sunday and amazingly I accepted and attended. From that moment on, I felt that all that I was learning was correct. I was baptized about a month later. Those same feelings still exist these forty-seven years later.

How I live my faith

With my hiking, I try to give something back to the trail since I am able to take advantage of the work of others before me. I have adopted a trail and maintain it a couple of times each year with a friend. Hiking gives me the opportunity to see the grand Creation in minute detail and in a grand panorama. I have served in a variety of responsibilities in the Church - from teaching the eleven year old boys on Sunday and working with the same age group in Scouting, serving one week each month as missionaries at the Boston Temple. Each of these activities provides a great deal of satisfaction and spiritual growth. Recently, I have served as a Bishop of the Hanover Ward. This responsibility required me to work with the leaders of our ward, church members, and our youth. I depended upon the Spirit to help me to know the proper course to follow. Much of my time was spent meeting with individuals regarding personal problems, financial challenges, interviewing individuals for callings and Temple recommends, and general counsel and advice. These responsibilities were challenging and rewarding. On Mother's Day 2017, I was released as Bishop. It was sad to have those many associations that were part of being a Bishop. However, my wife and I began the process of submitting our papers to serve a full-time mission as a senior couple. We received our mission call to serve on July 1st and our assignment was to the Oregon Portland Mission for 18 months. We are excited to be able to serve since neither my wife were able to serve mission as young adults since we were converts to the Church and older.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

I recently taught a lesson on this subject in our Sunday class. There are so many lessons taught by the Savior that it was had to choose one. I chose the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32). Each of us are prodigal sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. Each of us has at one point or another allowed our heart to wander to a "far country" and most of us were welcomed back by a loving friend - possibly our Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3: 23). The father ran to his son and had compassion on him. Likewise, the Savior knows how to succor (run to) his people - see Alma 7:11-13. Show more Show less