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Hi I'm Bob

I'm a dairyman, diplomat and dad. And now a granddad! Yes, I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, father and grandfather. My grandson is a delight! That's him in the photo with me. I grew up on a dairy farm in Tillamook, a small town on the Oregon coast. I've been a U.S. Foreign Service officer for nearly 20 years. My family and I have lived in various countries around the world, including Singapore, Uganda, Ecuador, Ethiopia and China. I currently have a stateside assignment as director of the Minneapolis Passport Agency. The Twin Cities is a great place to live. My wife and I are empty nesters now, but we keep busy with work and church. I just wish that we lived closer to our grandchildren!

Why I am a Mormon

I know that there is a God, our Heavenly Father, and that we are all his children. Heavenly Father wants us to return to live with Him and He made that possible by allowing His only begotten son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and to break the bands of death through resurrection. The gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the LDS Church teaches me who I am, why I'm here on this earth, and where I will go after this life. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have that families are eternal, and that the power and authority of God is found in the LDS Church to bind families together forever. I love my wife, children and grandchild, and I'm happy and thankful to know that I can be with them forever!

How I live my faith

I try to read a chapter from the scriptures -- the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, or the Pearl of Great Price -- every day, and I pray regularly. These two things inspire me and build my faith. I serve in my congregation, which we call a "ward," as a leader in a men's group. In this calling I help teach a class on Sunday's and minister to families in our ward. I think the most important way I live my faith is in trying to serve my family, friends, and colleagues. I am certainly not perfect, but the gospel helps me understand that serving one another is another way of serving God.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

In general, missionaries and their families pay the expenses of their missions. So, missionaries are not only sacrificing their time but also their financial resources to preach the gospel to all the world. Show more Show less