Hi I'm Robert M. Smith (Bob)
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 has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
My favorite scripture comes from the Book of Mormon, and it reads: "But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." 2 Nephi 2:24-25. This passage helps me trust in God when I don't understand why things happen as they do. It helps me realize that our Heavenly Father has created all things and provided everything that we need to have joy. Joseph Smith taught that “happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it.” Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 255-256. Our Heavenly Father wants us to be truly happy, and the Book of Mormon teaches us the path that leads to that happiness.
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.