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Hi I'm Bob

I have lived in many areas of the United States, spent 3 years in Germany, and traveled extensively. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors. Hiking trails in the wilderness, seeing nature in it's raw form is exilarating to me. Exploring extreme mountain peaks in the Rocky Mountains, traversing the lush vegetation of the Oregon forests, enduring the heat to explore the amazing Arizona deserts, or bushwalking the magnificent Blue Mountains of Australia, are places I find joy.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man in my early twenties I enjoyed quick success in business. I was exceeding the performance of all those around me. I had started "living high", spending the large sums of money I was earning. I was caught up in "What can I earn?" and "What can I buy with it?" I was however, unhappy. Through a series of events, I now believe to be divine intervention, I lost my job. I took another job, high paying, but with very physical and dangerous. After a near death experience, being hit in the head by a 200 pound wrench, I began to ponder life. I started to question my motives and my actions. I was so introspective that I found myself lost in questions when I needed to be working. One week I was asked to accompany a group of young Mormon girls to the mountains - one of the girls was my sister. I was in the background most of the time, but their singing, their stories of faith, and personal testimonies of Jesus Christ touched my heart. I kept feeling drawn to my knees to pray to God, but I didn't know what to say. Weeks later my mother pointed me to a small record in the Book of Mormon called the book of Enos. That started a miraculous path to faith, repentance, recognition of the atonement of Jesus Christ, establishment of a relationship with God, and the realization that God's priesthood authority was on the earth today. I socialized with wonderful people who helped guide me, although many times I found myself on my own, relying on my relationship with God to pull me though. Sometimes I found myself helping others who were struggling in their own way. I realized that we were all put here to help each other and though at times I would fail, I could repent and continue forward - sometimes on my own, sometimes with the help of others, sometimes because I was helping others. I am a Mormon because I have never found such happiness in any other thing I've done. At times I feel so close to God I can feel His love embrace me. For me it's a physical sensation, more satisfying than anything else I've felt in my lifetime. I experience it as I help others, as I accomplish things of real worth, as I find answers to difficult questions in scripture or in the words of inspired individuals, and as I repent of errant behavior and take advantage of the atonement of a loving Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as an advisor to 12 & 13 year boys. They're an adventurous group of young men both in activities and in thought. We discuss basic religious principles on Sundays and we do Boy Scout, service, and social activities during the week. They are a great group of youth who keep me studying so that I can keep up with them! I spent nearly twenty years teaching and mentoring young men aged 14-19, this is the first time I've worked with the younger ages, other than six boys and four girls of my own! Intermittently during my adulthood, I've served in a variety of support and leadership positions for congregations and each position has taught me something different, mostly about myself. However, after a short period of time I am usually called back to work with the youth. I must admit, it has been a great learning experience.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

My favorite thing about reading the scriptures is reading about the activities of Jesus Christ while he was on the earth. The peace and calmed he maintained through such torturous times helps me realize what I should endure my simple trials much better than I do. The life he lived, his calm, sweet, and forgiving nature no matter how he was treated are an inspiration to me to do better I find answers to my questions and solutions to my problems. Sometimes I recognize a similar set of circumstances, or patterns of behavior, and I can see different outcomes depending on the reactions and I associate that with actions I could take. Sometimes I find myself so at peace while I read, so relaxed, that I'm finally able to see an answer or a solution that is totally unrelated to what I am reading. In fact sometimes I'll forget my eyes are moving across the words on the page because my mind is trying process those solutions. Show more Show less