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Hi I'm Robert

I'm from Utah, a Dentist who has helped Indians, Orphans in Africa, Created Resorts, Married with 6 Kids & I'm A Mormon!

About Me

My life has been diverse. As a young boy, I was left alone every day while my mother worked nights. I decided to make the best of the time I had and studied diligently so I could have a better life when older. Religion was not a part of our family life. Even though my mother and father's families were LDS or Mormon, my parents did not follow the faith for different reasons. My father was an alcoholic and abusive. He lost job after job because of his drinking. Eventually, it cost him his marriage and my parents divorced when I was 7. I decided then to create a better life for myself. I am married, have a family of my own, 3 sons 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren. My life has been challenging and difficult, but I have always believed in our ability to be what we want to be if we are faithful to our families, help and love others as we want to be helped and loved and ALWAYS look for new opportunities where we can make this world better for others. I love foreign travel, and working with people of varied backgrounds from all over the world. I have been adopted in a Native American tribe, helped 1600 young men prepare to go throughout the world helping others, taught Entrepreneurship to young men and women in Africa, helped some create businesses and am preparing to return to Africa with my wife for two years. We will help in humanitarian ways, teach principles of leadership and help develop businesses. There are so many good people on the earth who just need our help.

Why I am a Mormon

At 18, I questioned the Mormon faith because of high school friends. I prayed, and the spiritual experience I had, created the basis of my certainty of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith as a Prophet of God and the literal restoration of the Church that Jesus Christ established when he was on the earth before his crucifixion. My father, because of WWII service developed an addiction, and my mothers family devotion created a "mixed bag" of feelings for me. It was when I decided to serve a Mission for the Mormon Church in the Southern US, that my eyes were opened to other faiths and the goodness of so many people. We are not perfect, only Christ was, and he provided an example we and I, can follow, including patience, understanding, love of His Father, personal sacrifice, obedience and love of others as one who established and lived the Golden Rule. The Mormon Church teaches everyone, including me, to live by and follow Christ's examples. I certainly am imperfect and live in an imperfect world, but by following the doctrines and teachings of the Mormon Church, having patience with myself and others, I become more like the Savior in word and deed. No one should or could fault a Church which has at its core values, service to others, love of all including those who spitefully use you, and has men in its church leadership who are examples of their own sacrifices of time and money through lifetimes of service in what they believe, teach and practice. I have met members of the Mormon Church who treat me as family and who accept my imperfections while being friends and associates who help me look for the good in my life and the lives of others. I have studied other faiths and find no other Church which teaches such literal acceptance of Christ and His teachings, not interpretations or changes or personal "spins" on what they think Christ's teachings mean. I will be a better man, father, friend for being a Mormon, with no regrets, no excuses.

How I live my faith

My opportunities to serve my family and others have been varied in the Mormon Church. After becoming a "believer" at 18 myself, I desired to share what I had come to know, so I served as a missionary in So.Carolina, Georgia and Alabama for two years, sharing my testimony of truth and faith. Upon returning home and attending college and graduate school, I had the opportunity to serve in leadership responsibilities in the LDS Church for my age group of young men and for congregations where I lived. I have worked with/taught missionaries preparing to leave for destinations all over the world and been a leader at my local Mormon Church for my friends and neighbors as well as for those attending college at two Utah universities. I have also taught Sunday School and worked with teenage youth in Boy Scouts and youth programs. I span 40 years of involvement in working to make my life, my family's lives and the lives of others more rewarding and successful. I believe in doing good to others, but more so, I have spent thousands of hours putting my time and energies where my knowledge and commitments are to do more than just believe, while helping others learn to be more accountable for themselves. I have worked my entire life focused on others success, so long as they are willing to do what I have had to do and be willing to do it for love of others, not just money. I believe one of the greatest examples set and principles taught by Jesus Christ, was the Golden Rule. I try to live my life in the same way, although hard at times, it is important to accept and love others as I wish to be accepted and loved. I have no malice towards other religions, no prejudice towards other races of people, ethnicity or country, but I do expect people in all these areas to reciprocate and treat me and others with the same respect. I believe we are literally brothers and sisters of a common Father in Heaven and we should show family love therefore to everyone.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Robert
Jesus Christ is at the head of His Church. He set the example for entrance when He himself was baptized and specifically stated it must be done by those who have the authority to baptize. The New Testament identifies those who were not baptized with the correct authority and would therefore have to be re-baptized. Everyone entering the Church of Jesus Christ living in these, the latter days, must be baptized for entrance into the church and by those holding authority to perform the baptism. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Robert
It's awesome, fun, challenging, exciting, educational, spiritual and allows me to meet many people and be involved with them in ways to better their lives and therefore my life, more than I normally would in day to day life and activities. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Robert
Jesus Christ set an example of love, tolerance and acceptance of everyone. He also also set requirements in action and deed throughout His life we are to follow. Because He died and atoned for all the sins of all men and women, whether they recognize him or not as the Savior of every man and woman who lived before him or will live after him, he holds the right to offer forgiveness and mediate in our behalf to His Father, our Heavenly Father. Our salvation, is offered by His Grace, his acceptance, his love. He offers eternal life through His love for us. He also requires we live the Golden Rule and follow the same requirements/commandments he himself lived and followed. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Robert
Throughout the Old and New Testament, prophets and Christ gave guidance for eating food and regulating our desires. All those are done for the good of our bodies. Those elements, both good and bad, food and drink, alcohol, drugs, residue from smoking, etc. have effects upon our bodies. Christ used the example of our bodies being temples. No unclean thing or habits which affected men and women were allowed in the temples before or after Christ. One of Christ's few examples of anger during his lifetime was driving the money changers from the temple. They were and are sacred. He used this example to show we should treat our bodies in a sacred way and be respectful of what we do to them and put in them. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Robert
The Old Testament is a compilation of the writings of prophets before the time of Christ. We all should be aware of those prophecies as guideposts in our lives and understanding of promises which must come to pass before Christ's return to reign on this earth. The New Testament are Christ's teachings as recorded by his Apostles. We need to be familiar with Christ's teachings, his requirements and his life. By reading the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, we receive well rounded teachings of both those who came before Christ and predicted His coming, as well as Christ's teachings for us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Robert
We believe we are all literally sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father. Baptism is a requirement/commandment showing our commitment to Jesus Christ's teachings. All mankind, no matter when they lived, must have the opportunity to accept this commandment. Just because we physically leave this world for now, we still have to make this choice. By those of us on earth providing proxy baptisms for those who have previously lived on the earth, they are given the opportunity while living in the same Spirit world Christ stated he went to at his death, to accept or reject Christ's teachings and requirements for entrance into His Church. As Christ's Atonement was provided by proxy for us, we can do baptism, by proxy, for departed brothers and sisters who have lived on the earth already. Show more Show less