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Hi I'm Robert

I grew up in Utah and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Ogden, Utah and am a retired band and German teacher. I am married and have a daughter, son-in-law and three grand children. I am a freelance writer, contributing music reviews and features to a local newspaper and a New York magazine and am currently teaching a university music class. I enjoy attending concerts, opera and theater. I also like to cook, garden, fish and travel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and chose to be baptized when I was eight years old. The Church and Gospel of Jesus Christ were always important to me while growing up, and I served a two year mission as an LDS Missionary to Germany, starting when I was 19 years old. It was during my mission that I truly developed a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A strong spiritual witness of God's love for me and the truthfulness of what I was engaged in came after a period of humility after I had lost myself in the service of others. This testimony has continued to grow as I have received other witnesses of the truthfulness of gospel principles and tried to live according to God's teachings in the Bible, the Book of Mormon and other divinely inspired scripture.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by providing a good example for my family, including my grand children. I attend church each Sunday and fulfill a calling as our ward's mission leader. In this capacity, I help the full-time missionaries in our area, visit members, teach the gospel to those who are interested to know more, and participate with our ward's bishop and other ward leaders to help strengthen church members. I am not perfect but strive to live my life a little better each day; be patient and kind to my neighbors and members of our community and be understanding of people from all walks of life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All worthy nineteen year-old men who have the physical, mental and emotional capacity to serve a mission are encouraged to do so. Young women who are at least twenty-one may also serve missions, as well as retired couples and single women. But it IS NOT required. It is a choice everyone makes according to their own situation, faith, desire and agency. Those who do not serve missions are not shunned or ostracized. There are many church leaders who have not served missions. But it is every church member's duty to represent the teachings of Jesus Christ in their daily lives. Show more Show less