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Hi I'm Bob

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Bob. I grew up in a large family that lived in both Southern California and Utah. My parents both were raised in families that were not very active in the Mormon faith. I am very thankful to a father and a mother who made the decision to raise their children in the Mormon faith. I truly believe that my life would be very different if I had not been raised with the values and principles taught by my faith. I currently am sales director for a large company and have the opportunity to fly around the country selling to customers. I spend approx. 25-30% of my life on the road travelling, which can be challenging in raising a family, but I am grateful to a great wife who holds down the fort while I am away. I have a pretty active lifestyle and try to do a little bit of everything: surfing, running, road bicycling, swimming, triathlons, golfing, playing softball, etc. I try to fit in activities early in the morning or later in the evening so I do not compete with important family time with my wife and kids. I also enjoy reading great books -- my favorite is Les Miserables. When I read it the first time it took me 6 months to get into the first 60 pages! However, once I really got into it I couldn't put it down. The book is truly one of the finest stories ever written that gives example of how the Savior Jesus Christ has redeemed us from our pains, sicknesses, sorrows and sins. I highly recommend it.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a Mormon. In my "About Me" section I talked about both of my parents not really growing up in active LDS families. I'm so impressed with my parents for the way in which they made a commitment and made the effort to raise their children differently then they were raised. As you read through the Old Testament you will find countless examples of how a family (or civilization) can find themselves in or out of their faith in ONE generation. I bring that up because each of us has a choice to make for ourselves that can affect many generations to come. That is why I have such great love and respect for my parents. They made the choice and it has changed my life forever. I grew up in a family with 8 children. We read the scriptures almost every morning for a few minutes. We had family prayer every morning. We attended church every Sunday. We had "Family Night" every Monday night where our family was together for a lesson, an activity and most especially for trips to Dan's Grocery Store for 10 cent ice cream cones. I have great memories of all these experiences. They shaped me. Those who are skeptical of religion would say that I was brainwashed, however, I know for myself that the tenants of my faith are true. I have developed my own testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is true that my parents put me on the path I am on today, but it has been my choice to stay on that path based upon my own decisions and experiences, there has been no brain washing. I know for myself that it is the correct path to be on. Most importantly, I know for myself that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He died for you and he died for me. He suffered for you and he suffered for me. He knows us intimately. He knows our sins because he suffered for them, even though he never committed sin himself. He did this because he loves us. He did this to ease our own pain and suffering due to sin, pain, sickness or whatever. He knows it all. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He did it to overcome death, that we all might be resurrected. The beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that we all have our own agency to know for ourselves whether or not it is true or false. We can put it to the test. I have done that many times in my life. When life's burdens have come upon me, whether from my own sins or the trials of life, or pain, or sickness or any kind of suffering, as I have knelt and prayed to a loving Father in Heaven, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, I have received the relief and the assurance of the forgiveness of my many sins and weaknesses. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he once lived on this earth. To come to know Jesus Christ through Faith in Him is truly liberating and peace generating. We can all know for ourselves. Further to my testimony of Jesus Christ , are four additional fundamental aspects. One, The Prophet Joseph Smith. Two, The Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, like the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. Three, that there is one man on earth today at all times, who is called as a Prophet and who has the proper Priesthood authority to act in the name of God and speak on His behalf. And four, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which is the organization of Christ's church on earth today. This church contains the "fulness" (see below) of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. First Joseph Smith. An honest, truth seeking 14 year old boy growing up in upstate New York at a time of great religious fervor. All preachers stating that their church was true. He wanted to know. He was sincerely seeking for an answer. He read from the scriptures that if any lack wisdom, they should ask God (James 1:5). He decided that he lacked that wisdom. He prayed to know. God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that none of the churches on the earth contained the "fulness" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Again, 14 years old. What does he do. He tells his family, he tells the preachers in the community. He is ridiculed, he is scorned. I can tell you that most 14 year olds who made up a story would recant. Yet, in his words, speaking of his experience with God and Jesus Christ, "I knew it. And I knew God knew it and I could not deny it." Joseph Smith never did. He lived a life of trial and suffering because of what he proclaimed to the world,ultimately ending with his martyrdom. His life is a testimony to me, but most importantly the Holy Spirit has whispered to my heart over and over that he was and is a Prophet of God. The one man who was called by God to "restore" the same organization that existed at the time Jesus Christ walked the earth. Second The Book of Mormon. As a salesman, I constantly am highlighting the "differential advantages" of my company and why my customers should choose us. That said, The Book of Mormon is the "differential advantage" to prove to the world that Joseph Smith was indeed a Prophet and that The Mormon Faith is correct in its tenants and principles. NOBODY can force a testimony on you or me. We can and must know things for ourselves. The Book of Mormon, Prayer and the Holy Spirit are how we can find out for ourselves. I have never had the grand manifestation of angels or the appearance of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, yet I know that The Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture and a record of the people who lived on the American Continent. I have read the book so many times I have lost count. But through the many times of reading the book, the Holy Spirit has whispered to my heart and to my mind that the book is true. It is a vehicle for personal revelation to the many questions each of us has in our lives. Because Joseph Smith was the one who translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, it is another testimony that he was and is a true prophet. The algebra doesn't work out otherwise, if A=B and B=C then A=C. If Joseph Smith translated the book. And the book is true. Then the one who translated the book is true. That is why the Book of Mormon is referred to within our faith as the "keystone" to our religion. If it is true, then so is every thing else. If it is false, then so is everything else. The best part is we can determine for ourselves by reading the book! Finally, I bear testimony that the church which was organized and restored by Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's true church on the earth today. It says in the scriptures, "By their fruits shall ye know them." Take a look at the fruits (or the actions) of those who belong to the church. Overwhelmingly, if you are a sincere seeker of the truth you will find for yourself that the "fruit" is good and that it is right. This is not to say that other religions don't have truth. I firmly believe that all religions have truth and that for the most part they go about to do good and make this world a better place. Religion is a wonderful thing. Sadly, society today has thrown out God and religion with the bath water, which is a shame. That said, when you consider the "fulness" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there is only one Church that fits the bill, but don't take my word for it, you can know for yourself.............

How I live my faith

I wish that I could say that I was perfect and that because I am a member of this church that I am above reproach; however, as you can imagine -- I'm not. Nobody is. That said, I am trying to become more like God and Jesus Christ. That is how I try to live my faith. By "doing" and "trying" to put into practice the principles and doctrines I am learning I hope to knock off the rough edges and improve my life to better a better man. A better husband. A better father. A better son. A better brother. A better friend. I'm trying to be the best person I know how. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches a pretty high standard, which is perfection. While we will not attain it in this life, we should be striving to become like Jesus Christ, who was perfect. It is an attitude that fosters the desire to succeed and be the best you can be. Sadly, I don't always live up to that standard, but I believe that God the Father knew that would be the case. Therefore, there is Jesus Christ. Therefore, there is Repentance. I am grateful for both of these. In the Mormon faith we make covenants with God and as such, we agree to accept assignments (called "callings" inside the church) to serve in various capacities within the Church organization. Church positions are lay positions where members are not paid, but asked to sacrifice of their personal time to serve others within the Church and community. In my life I have had many "callings". I've been assigned to work with the Boy Scouts, teaching adult Sunday School, teaching young Primary children of all ages. I've served in various leadership positions as a youth and as an adult. All of these experiences have helped me to become who I am today. My favorite "calling" I've ever had was that of being the 2-3 year old Nursery leader, where each Sunday I had the opportunity to teach songs, give a short lesson, help with crafts, play with toys and most importantly eat SNACKS! Best church calling I've ever had!!! My wife would tell I excelled at that calling because I am still a child! On a more serious note, I would say that I try to be a good, upstanding member of my community and to try and make a positive contribution to society as a whole. I believe the greatest contribution I can make to society is to try and raise a strong family, with children who are respectful and who are striving to be the best they can be.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Bob
I count it one of my greatest blessings to pay 10% of my income to the Church. In the Old Testament in Malachi 3:8-12, it says, 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. 12And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ have given us everything and in return they ask us to give back 10%. In return, two of his promises to us are that He will open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing that there is not room enough to receive it. Another is that he promises to rebuke the devourer for our sake. I can assure you that I have seen both of these blessings in my life from keeping the commandment of tithing. Show more Show less