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Hi I'm Dr. B.

I'm a Librarian and an educator. As a Mormon I believe the glory of God is really intelligence so I share what I know.

About Me

I grew up in a Roman Catholic family. My dad was a shift boss in a gambling casino in Las Vegas. As a teenager I met several LDS youth in my high school and at social events. For the most part they were good kids but a few were on the wild side. I had mixed feelings about Mormons but for the most part I had a positive impression. When I was eighteen after reading the Book of Mormon I joined the Church. When I prayed I received a personal revelation and heard the voice of the Spirit as tangibly as a physical one tell me that Book of Mormon was the word of God, that Joesph Smith was a prophet of God, and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the only true church on the earth. A year later I went on a mission to the Canada Toronto Mission (M. Russell Ballard). After serving the Lord I went a day after returning home to college where I spent four years studying American History. I eventually majored in library and information studies and became a library director. I have worked for the past twenty years helping people learn accurate and truthful information about many things including religion.

Why I am a Mormon

I am married to a wonderful wife who is also a convert that is talented and intelligent. My wife's father is a retired Protestant minister who told me that if God were an anthropomorphic being he would probably be the Mormon God. We have seven daughters and one son. Four of our seven daughters have served as missionaries (Korea Daejeon, Rome Italy, Taiwan Taipei, and Philippines Cebu). I am looking forward in retirement in a few years to going on my own missions with my wife. I love discussing why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

During the past two years I have been involved in teaching in my church. I have been in the Sunday School presidency where I help prepare and assist teachers to deliver meaningful messages. I also teach from time to time helping students of all ages learn the messages that Christ and his early apostles shared with us.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Dr. B.
The cost of serving an LDS mission are paid for by the missionary herself or her family and friends. Being a convert of one year I was able to work and earn about two thousand dollars needed for my mission. This lasted me about six months of my mission. My father who was not a member of the Church contributed about twenty-five dollars a month for the two years I was on a mission. Church members contributed the rest as a ward missionary. Mormon missionaries and or family and friends pay a monthly equalized amount of $400 that goes to housing and food and transportation. In less developed areas of the world members in more affluent areas donate money for young people's mission. The church provides transportation to and from the mission and some of the literature from donations to the missionary fund that members give generously. Every young man or young woman that serves tries to save enough money to pay their full mission. My four daughters who went on missions worked hard to save enough money but sometimes it was not enough. Recently due to the cost of having eight children with four in college and one needing dental work I had a hard time contributing the four hundred dollars for the first month when she entered the MTC. Her sister who is a senior in high school and her brother who is a sophomore both who work part-time paid most of her monthly expense since I had to pay another daughter's tuition for college. My children have sacrificed to help one another serve a mission. Show more Show less