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Hi I'm Robert

I am a Canadian, married with seven children, a retired college instructor, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired college teacher where I taught economics and financial management in agricultural two year diploma programs. I am married with seven children who are all married as well with children of their own. I do some woodworking and renovating; computer programing; and family history. Religion gives me my overall philosophy of life and the peace of mind that comes with it. Besides reading scriptures and other religious books, I also read economics and politics. I have found the Austrian School of Economics to be the most reasonable explanation of the real world. Austrian economics is contrary to the conventional wisdom as taught in most schools and utilized by most governments. With regards to politics, libertarians are closest to what I consider right and sensible. Libertarianism would not be regarded as conventional wisdom in politics. I find Austrian economics and libertarianism compatible with my religion. It is interesting that my religion, economics, and politics are all contrary to conventional wisdom.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man in my twenties, I became intensely interested in what life was all about. I felt like a stranger in an unknown world not knowing what I was supposed to be doing here. I could see what was generally expected: education, work, family; but I was uneasy about it and began to search for something more. After seven years of wandering and reading, I came upon the Mormon elders. At first I thought it was just another philosophy to check out, but I soon realized that the pieces fit together in a reasonable explanation of life. Even so, I was skeptical about joining any religious group. I had grown up in what might be regarded as a reasonably religious family; not extreme, but having some depth and commitment. So having learned some of the basic doctrine from the missionaries, read somewhat in the Book of Mormon, and attended their church meetings; I knelt down in my room one day and asked God if this was really His church. I experienced a warm, peaceful feeling envelope my whole body. I didn't know at the time what it was, but a short time later I read an article in a church magazine that this was one way that the Holy Ghost confirms a truth. I accepted this as coming from the Lord and was baptized. To this day I am grateful to be a member of this church which is the foundation of my life. God does communicate with people through the Holy Ghost when a person exercises the littlest bit of faith and humility.

How I live my faith

I live in a small branch of the church which has lots of young children. I teach one of the childrens classes. We read the scriptures and try to figure out what it tells us. There is always a principle that we can apply in our lives. My wife and I job share with another out-of-city couple to cover a shift at the Edmonton Temple. It doesn't seem like work to bask in the peaceful, harmonious atmosphere of the temple. Every day we have a devotional time together as a couple. We sing, we pray, we read the scriptures, and we read something else of common interest or instruction that we need. We discuss as we read and sometimes we just talk about something of concern. Spending this time together is the best thing we have done for our marriage.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Robert
All things in this world testify of God. But people imagine other explanations. The sure way to know there is a God is to communicate with Him; not just you talking to Him, but to have the Holy Ghost communicate to you. I know through the Holy Ghost that God lives.  I can imagine there are those who would say that a person can simply conjure this ‘feeling’ up and declare that they know. Certainly a person could do this, but to what end? They would only be fooling themselves. One person’s testimony does not prove or disprove anything for another person. Each person has to go into the laboratory of their own heart and do the experiment themselves. Anyone who sincerely follows the process will know that the confirmation they receive through the Holy Ghost is not something they could conjure up. The best way to test the truthfulness of what I am saying is to read the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and given the task of translating the Book of Mormon from ancient records written by prophets on the American continent. The Lord has given us something tangible in the Book of Mormon to verify the restoration of His church through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I encourage you to make the experiment: read the Book of Mormon, and ask Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to verify that it came from Him. Show more Show less