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Hi I'm Rob

I'm a husband, a father, a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad of three wonderful kids just entering their teens. My wife and I count them as our greatest blessings. I teach middle school science and love it. I enjoy the outdoors when I get some spare time. Fishing, camping, and hiking are some of our favorite activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, my dad was the only active member of the church when he was growing up and my mom joined the church when she was 18. I was raised in the church but had to come to believe the teachings of the church on my own. I know that God lives and that his son came to the Earth and died for my sins so that I could return to live with them again. I know Jesus Christ lives. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's true church, I know that the Church is led by Jesus Christ Himself through a living prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture and that the teachings found therein will bring anyone true joy and happiness if they are put into practice in their lives. I know that we are all children of God, that he knows each and every one of us and loves us more than we can possibly imagine. I know all of these things because I have prayed many times and asked God if they were true and my prayers were answered. My answers have never come in the form of a booming voice from the heavens or from a vision of angels. My answers have come through a feeling of total peace and a burning in my chest that has brought me joy. I am a Mormon because of the things I know to be true. Because of that knowledge, life's trials and hardships are diminished and even when things are rough, I can feel joy and peace. I know that every person on this Earth can share in the same knowledge and blessings that I have received if they will only read the Book of Mormon and ask God, in faith and humility, if it is true.

How I live my faith

I have found my greatest happiness in serving others. I am not perfect by any stretch of the term and I work each day on being a little better but when I serve others my other cares and worries fade away. I try and help my neighbors in any way that I can, that might be shoveling snow, pulling weeds, digging dirt, or helping out with the sick. I serve in my church in many ways teaching, organizing, and anything else that needs done. I serve my family by teaching my children correct gospel principles and helping them with their schoolwork, we also have family prayer together and study the scriptures together. Again, I am not perfect and have a long way to go but I find happiness in serving others and that is how I live my faith.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Rob
The missionaries will talk about where we come from, why we are here, and what happens after we die. They will tell you how families can be together forever. They will also teach you how God communicates with His children. The most important thing they will talk about is how you can pray to God to know for yourself if the things they teach are true. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Rob
The family is the center of God's plan for his children. Abortion is in direct contradiction to this plan. Abortion is only an option in cases where the mother's life is in danger or when the baby has no possibility of surviving past childbirth. It may also be an option in cases of rape or incest after careful thought and prayer. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Rob
Everyone is invited to attend weekly meetings at a Mormon church. In Sunday meetings the gospel is taught in a variety of meetings. We also partake of Bread and water in remembrance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The temple is considered a sacred and holy place, only members of the church who are living the way they should be are allowed to enter the temple. Inside the temple there are important ordinances that take place to help us to be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father, one of those ordinances is the sealing of a husband and wife for all eternity. The temple ordinances are not strange, only sacred. These ordinances are essential for all of God's children. In the temple we also perform these ordinances for those who have died without having received them. Those who have died then have the opportunity in Heaven to accept or reject this work that has been done for them, it is not forced upon them in any way. I love the temple, when I enter the temple I feel as though I can forget all of life's worries and get a small taste of what heaven must be like. Show more Show less