What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Robin

I grew up in Kansas. I joined the LDS church while I was a graduate student at BYU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm/ranch in southwest Kansas. I was ready to get away from the farm and attended college out of state to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. Although not LDS while growing up, I felt an intense desire to attend church each week. I completed a master's degree at BYU in Athletic Training, where I joined the church. After completing my degree I served a full-time mission in Massachusetts/Rhode Island. After my mission I moved to Oklahoma for a job; since then I've completed a doctoral degree in Higher Education at Oklahoma State University. For the past 20 years, I have been a faculty member and director of an academic program at a university in Oklahoma. I was recently promoted to the position of Associate Dean in the college. I believe that I was prepared for this position, in large part, because of the callings (responsibilities) I have had to serve and lead in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

As a graduate student at BYU, I thought I had my life together and knew where I wanted to go - and relating to a career I did. But during my time in Provo, I quickly began to realize that I really didn't have a purpose for my life. It seemed like all my friends understood things about their life and their purpose that I didn't. Even though I attended a Methodist church in Sandy, UT (45 min. away) each week, I felt lost. Over time I began to be curious about why my friends seemed so happy and peaceful. I had a secret desire to learn about the church, but didn't want to be pressured into joining the church. A friend invited me to meet with the missionaries. After a dinner and a brief introduction, I began reading the Book of Mormon. By the time I returned to campus following Christmas break, I had read half the Book of Mormon and called the missionaries and told them I wanted to take the discussions!! I was baptized about one month later - that was over 20 years ago. It was the best decision I've ever made in my life! Life is still tough at times and I don't understand all the trials that I have, but I now understand the purpose for my life and this helps me understand that Heavenly Father has a plan for me and makes it easier to endure the trials as they come.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my life each day in a way that exemplifies the teachings of the church. I am by no means perfect, but try to follow this adage "Share the gospel every day, use words if necessary". I have found in my life that it is important to read the scriptures and pray every day - I'm not perfect in this area, but know that my day seems to go better when I take this time to strengthen myself spiritually each day. I have had callings / responsibilities within the women's organization (Relief Society) and the Young Women's organization. I have had many opportunities to serve others and be strengthened by these women's faith and example. I have also served as the camp director for the young women's program; this has been my favorite calling. It was probably the most work, but it was a neat experience to be a part of this program and see the Lord's hand in all that we did as we planned and carried out this program for the young women. Being out in nature during the camp reminded me of all the blessings of the Lord that are around us each day. The first thing I do in my office each day is to go to the Mormon Channel website and turn on the music on the radio option. I listen to this in my office. Many students and others have asked what I'm listening to, so it has given me the opportunity to share the gospel. But more importantly for me, it allows me to feel the Spirit throughout the day and helps me keep an eternal perspective as I go about my job responsibilities each day.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Robin
We believe in the principle of tithing, which means that members of the church are encouraged to pay 10% of their income to the church. Many feel that this is a large sum of money and is excessive and that we shouldn't have to do this. The answer is we don't; but members of the church who pay tithing recognize the many blessings that have come into their lives from the Lord. This is our way to show our gratitude. This also allows us to demonstrate our faith. The Old Testament promises that if we pay tithing we will be blessed exceedingly. I have seen this in my life - I haven't become rich, but when I pay tithing I know that the Lord will help me live on the remaining 90% of my income. I know that I have been blessed when bills are not as big as I anticipated or car repairs are not as costly as I feared. The tithes and offerings paid by members of the church are used to fund church programs. I see this as a way that I can help others to have the same blessings and opportunities as I do. Whether it is to build new buildings or temples or assist those who have financial needs, I know that the money I contribute will be used wisely. Show more Show less