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Hi I'm Robert M. Smith (Bob)

I'm an attorney, a husband, a father of six, and a grandfather of 29 (we are excitedly awaiting numbers 30 and 31). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served for 22 hears in the United States Army as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. I have since served for over 14 years with the Utah Attorney General's Office. I love to bike, hike, wakeboard, ski, sail, scuba dive, travel, and play golf. But most of all I love to spend time with my wife, Mary Ann, and my wonderful children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a good Mormon family, but when I left home at 17 to attend college, I felt a deep need to know for myself if what my parents believed was true. That summer I read the Book of Mormon for the very first time, and I could not put it down. After three days of reading and feeling the sweet spirit of that great book, I knelt and asked God if it was true. I was overcome by a powerful spirit of peace, love, and joy. That feeling remained with me for days, but the amazing thing was that I knew for myself that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that the witness it bears of Jesus Christ is true. Jesus is our Savior, and he has reestablished his true Church on the earth in our time to prepare us for his return. That testimony led me to serve a mission in Colombia and Venezuela to share the joy of the Gospel with others. It has sustained me throughout my life in good times and in bad. It is an anchor to my soul.

How I live my faith

I have had wonderful opportunities to serve with the youth in our Church, to teach the Gospel, and to serve in leadership positions. I enjoy serving as a home teacher where I can help and take care of families in our neighborhood. Our Church congregation is a great family. I also love to travel and attend our church services in other lands. I always feel at home there.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Robert M. Smith (Bob)
Jesus taught that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5. As Mormons, we believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is through these principles and ordinances that we can be born of the water and Spirit as Jesus taught. The authority to baptize, the priesthood, has been restored to the earth, and in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a person may receive baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by those who have authority to perform these ordinances. Show more Show less