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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in Iowa and joined the Navy. I joined the church at 42. I am a retired NR CDR. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired (still working part-time) elevator, amusement ride & boiler inspector. I worked as a safety consultant for 25 years, concurrent with serving in the USNR for 30 years. My USNR travels allowed me to see much of the world. We love working & traveling in the Georgia mountains. I am also working on completing a 1936 Ford pickup to use with my 1966 Mustang convertible. My 6 grandchildren love my antiques. Having grown up in a rural Iowa farm community I was blessed with many varied talents, and had many opportunities to learn about serving others. While in the Navy I further developed those talents and desire to serve others. While dating my wife, I told her that I wanted to do something like Peace Corp or a mission when I was older. We have had the opportunity to assist with clean up of several hurricans during the past 20 years. My wife and I just completed an LDS Military Relations Mission at the Navy Nuclear Power School in 2010.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife joined the church after we were married for 8 years. during the following 8 years I learned about the church, while suporting my wife and 2 children in their church activity. I beleived it was the right way to live your live and so doing, while participatiing in church, I came to have a testimony of the gospel. After joining the church that testimony grew as I served in church callings. Throughout my 24 years in the church my testimony of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost have grown. While serving a mission my testimony of Joseph Smith, his prophetic mission and the Book of Mormon gained even greater significance. Much of what I do in living the gospel I do because I know it is what the Lord would have me do, and as I live the gospel my testimony grows stronger each day.

How I live my faith

When I joined the church I felt that I was doing pretty much everything the Lord expected of me. I joined the church to a great extent because I loved my wifes hometeachers, as nonmemberI was not allowed to be a hometeacher and I wanted to be one. I have always had a great love of people and of serving others, hometeaching just fit with that desire. Of course, after joining the church I learned through service in the church, in my community and in the Naval Reserve so much more of what the Lord would have me know and share with others. With the guidance of the Holy Ghost, I have served in many leadership positions, each one giving me opportunity to feel the spirit work in my life and in the lives of others. That experience was even further magnified as my wife & I served among young married and single members of the church in the military while we were on our mission. We now do church service as temple workers and as emploment directors.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Bob
No one is required to serve a mission. As members of the church we learn that we are to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ (Christian) and to share his gospel with others. We are encouraged to do this throughout our lives, but all young men are encouraged to serve a two year full time mission after high school. Young women are also allowed to serve for 18 months if they desire. Senior couples and senior single women/widows are also encouraged to serve, if their circumstances allow. There are numerous types of missions aound the world, not all are proselytizing missions.  Show more Show less