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Hi I'm Robert

I love my eight children. I'm a software engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a computer software engineer. I've been writing professional software for 25 years. I currently work for Google. I earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford but eventually switched to computers. My father was a BYU Physics professor and couldn't understand why I'd switched. One day I told him, "Dad, you spend your time studying a universe that someone else created. I get to create my own universe with my software." I've been married for over 30 years and have a wonderful family of eight children. All five of my sons became Eagle Scouts and served a mission for the LDS Church. The five oldest are married and I currently have nine grandchildren. The grandchildren are delightful, but raising my children and watching them mature and raise their own families has been delightful.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church. When I was a teenager I wondered if it was true. As I worked through my doubts and the implications of the church, I developed my own version of Pascal's dilemma and concluded I should remain faithful. Later, as I became old enough to serve a mission, I wondered if I really wanted to commit two years of my life to this. As I was sitting in a youth meeting, suddenly the spirit came over me so overwhelming that tears started to flow. My friends were around me and I was embarrassed, so I put my head in my hands and sobbed. I stayed there until long after the meeting ended and my friends had filed out past me. Today when I doubt I think back on those experiences and receive further confirmation of the truthfulness of the gospel. Intellectually, the gospel gives me a reason to live, helps me understand the world around me, gives me comfort when facing evil and tragedy. Emotionally, the gospel keeps me steady and full of hope even as I watch society disintegrate around me. Spiritually, the gospel fills my soul and lifts me up. When I am down or doubting, my wife, the scriptures, and prayer can lift me back up. When I feel my soul within me burning with spiritual confirmation that God lives and loves me, I feel able to overcome any burden.

How I live my faith

Two of my most enjoyable church experiences were serving as a Scoutmaster and serving as a Bishop. I served as Scoutmaster for 3 years with a troop of about 20 boys. I had some assistant Scoutmasters who were amazing men. We loved working with the boys, experiencing the outdoors with them, and teaching them to work and become responsible. We live in warm, balmy southern California but there are mountains nearby that occasionally get snow. One winter we packed up the troop for a long weekend in the snow-filled mountains. Our 4-wheel drive vehicles took us to our camping spot. We enjoyed a day of sledding and snowball fights on a sunny day. That night, however, I woke up late and noticed new-fallen snow covering my tent. I worried that the snow would keep us from getting home, but prayer helped me fall back asleep. The next morning I awoke to 6 inches of new snow covering our tents, our vehicles, and our gear. Rather than fear of being stuck, however, I was struck with the beauty. White rolling hills everywhere I looked. It was gorgeous and peaceful. I marveled at the beauty the Lord has created for us. We had a delightful day of truck sledding and easily made it back home. Such were my experiences with the Boy Scouts. Several years later I was called to serve as the Bishop of a ward of single adults, over age 30. Having married at a young age and raised a family of eight children, this was quite a surprise to me and I did not know how I would relate to the singles. I discovered, however, that their love for me, matched with my love for them, made it easy. What a joy it has been helping people find their place in life, overcome difficulties and past mistakes, and come closer to their Heavenly Father. Having lost myself in service, I discovered a greater peace and joy and closeness to spiritual things than I had ever before experienced. I have witnessed miracles as people come unto Christ and change their lives.

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