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Hi I'm Robert

I grew up in Ethiopia, Turkey, Belgium and the United States. I married my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my best friend two months after dating her for seven days. She has been my sweetheart for 28 years. I love her very much. We have four children. Three of our children are married. We have three grandchildren. With my wife's support I completed two undergraduate degrees (Accounting and International Relations) and three minors (English, Business Management and Foreign Languages), MBA and MIM, and JD. I am an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant. I own boutique law, accounting and consulting firms where my practices support clients in complex transactions related to their businesses and net worth. I have co-founded technology companies, some have gone public. My sweetheart helps me run my companies. In college I ran a 4:20 indoor mile and a 2hour and 27 minute marathon after many health challenges from my childhood. I have lived in four countries and ten states. Over the years I have studied seven languages. My family brings me the most joy and satisfaction.

Why I am a Mormon

On May 15, 1881 Manuel and Anna D’Arruda boarded the Ship Suffolk in Ponta Delgada, the Island of Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal) for Maui, Hawaii to escape persecution and to improve their economic circumstance. The Suffolk was of British registry. Aboard were 206 men, 100 women and 182 children; one-year old Maria Isabel D’Arruda boarded the Suffolk with her father, expectant mother and 5 siblings. While enroute her mother gave birth to a child who died and was buried at sea. The Arrudas were not strangers to adversity. Isabel’s ancestors were forced to accept Catholicism in the 1600’s sometime after the Spanish forced 60,000 Jews to flee Spain for religious freedom in Portugal, before the Spanish Inquisition and before the massacre of 30,000 Jews in Lisbon, Portugal. On the day of their forced conversion to Catholicism, Portuguese called them “pigs”. One-hundred and two days later the D’Arrudas landed in Maui and made their home in Kula near the foot of the volcano Haleakala. There the family farmed and Manuel worked in the sugar mills. Later Isabel met and married Ira Waren Newton; at the same time her sister Anna met and married Russell Allen Newton. Ira and Russell were the grandsons of Bennett Henry Sniffen and Kamakanoenoe Nahinalau (a native Hawaiian). These two sisters and their husbands raised their families next door to each other. One day two missionaries arrived on horseback at the Newton farms. Isabel told them they were welcomed to eat and stay with them whenever they rode through the mountains to their tiny village because somehow she understood religious persecution. She told them she would hear nothing about their religion. At their first visit they left Isabel a copy of the Book of Mormon as a token of their gratitude. At night, after all were asleep, Isabel would read this book by candle light. After Isabel received a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, she told her husband that she would be joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and that he would be attending with her. After her baptism, they attended the one room church building in Kula that Elder George Q Cannon had dedicated as a missionary. The day of their baptism Islanders crowded on both sides of the stream to call them “pigs”. Isabel was my Great Grandmother. Her choice motivates my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer.

How I live my faith

Our parents raised us to serve. I am a Mormon Bishop. I enjoy serving the members of my church. I appreciate their faithfulness and service to others in time of need. I am humbled by their goodness, love and kindness. My oldest brother is a Stake President. Our father previously served as a District President in Vietnam. He and our mother served as Missionaries in London, England. My wife's father serves as a Temple Sealer and Patriarch. I have served on several non-profit boards over the years where I have had an opportunity to give back to my community. I love our oldest son and his wife and their desires for goodness. I love our oldest daughter and her husband and their 3 children. I love our youngest daugther and her husband because they work so hard at instinctively doing the right things. I love our youngest son plus his faithfulness and desire to excel. Any day I would rather spend time with them than almost anything else. I work long hours to support my family. I am the happiest man alive. I want to live long enough to see my entire family in the temple. Disneyland has been home to our many family vacations. We enjoy going on rides together and laughing together. Once and awhile we do things to make each other laugh. Sometimes we laugh so hard that we start to cry from our laughter. We enjoy being together.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Through our prayerful efforts we can learn Mormonism is true by praying to our Heavenly Father and asking Him. He is the source of all truth and will manifest the truth of all things to us through his Holy Spirit. James directed us to ask God if we lack wisdom, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (James 1:5). This is how I know Mormonism is true. Show more Show less