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Hi I'm Bobby

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an athlete/nerd. I know it's a little contradictory, but it's the truth. I love to play sports. Basketball, football, volleyball are my favorites, and I'm learning to love other sports too, especially as my joints deteriorate! I also love mathematics and physics. In my free time you can find me in a corner tackling an interesting problem or brushing up on up old topics. Add my love of Star wars and I become a full fledged nerd. Sometimes I try to hide it, but it always has a way of coming out in the end. More important than all that though is I am a husband to a wonderful woman and father to my family. That is what I would truly define myself as, and I hope to be the best I can be in both of those roles.

Why I am a Mormon

I consider myself a very rational, logical person with the ability to grasp abstract concepts, and, more importantly, recognize inconsistencies where they exist. I believe that truth should be sought after in everything possible. Hard questions, deep thought, and prayer should be the guide to finding that truth. I am a Mormon because I have found the truth. Everything that I find in the doctrine of the LDS church only opens my eyes further to it. Once I learned and understood the plan of salvation everything makes logical sense. That is not to say that I understand everything, but I have yet to come across anything that cannot be understood in terms of the eternal perspective offered by the plan of salvation and the doctrines of the LDS church. The best part about this truth that I have found is that it comes with a confirmation from the only infallible source there is, our Heavenly Father. All I had to do was ask in faith to know that it was true, to know that I am a loved son of God, and to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday by trying to follow in the footsteps of Christ. While I am far from perfect, I know that by living according to the word of God I am standing for truth. I do my best to treat others in a manner consistent with the teachings of Christ and to remember that we are all sons or daughters of God. Service is an integral part of following Christ so I appreciate all the opportunities I am given to work in His kingdom here on Earth. I get to teach young men and women in Sunday school every week. It is wonderful to learn and share that with the youth. I also get to 'home teach' several families from our congregation each month. Apart from these, I find it important to get to know others in the church and in my community. Through the relationships I have made I am able to participate in a variety of different activities that help me as an individual, and hopefully I am able to also help others through my participation.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Bobby
The Church's attitude on homosexuality is that it is against the commandments of God. While the Church denounces the act of homosexuality it also believes that all people are sons or daughters of God, and that each person is of great worth to our Heavenly Father. Even though the origins of same sex attractions may be real and powerful they still remain subject to the boundaries God has set forth in the Law of Chastity, which says that sexual relations outside of marriage, as defined by God, are not allowed. When one understands the Plan of Happiness and the essential role of the family unit to bring us back to our Heavenly Father it is easier to understand why those boundaries have been set and why the Church wants to protect the institution of marriage. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Bobby
A husband and wife can be married forever under the proper authority from God. As the family is the unit upon which the plan of Happiness is based, it follows that families can be together forever. In order for a family to be together forever they must be sealed together by a man who has the priesthood and authority to do so, and then each family member should follow the commandments God has given us, which also ensure our happiness. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Bobby
Authority is, in other words, the right to act in place of a person. When we act in authority it is as if the other person would have done it his/herself. In order to have authority to act for a person, that person must give it to us and direct us how to use it. When Person A gives authority to another, Person B, and Person B uses that authority appropriately then Person A will accept all actions of Person B as if they were his own. Without being given authority any actions performed cannot be attributed to anyone but the person performing the action. This is important to baptism because only a person with authority from God can baptize a person and have that action be accepted by God. Without that authority the baptism can only be considered as attributable to the person performing the baptism. Show more Show less