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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 4 children. My wife and I have been married for almost 24 years. I enjoy the occupation of a land surveyor (utilizes my interests in math, maps and camping) and the occasional opportunity to travel, visit the beach/mountains or even create the seldom "made-up" game (when times get boring). My favorite season is Spring, followed closely by fresh fruit, Christmas and basketball (5th, 6th and 7th season of the year respectively). I enjoy time with my kids (and I am flattered that even they will give up time for us), a night out with my wife and the surround sound of the movie theater (OK, sometimes the last 2 happen on the same occasion).

Why I am a Mormon

I "became" a Latter-day Saint because of my parents conversion (just prior to my birth). I am a Latter-day Saint because of a personal conversion which has gradually developed over the coarse of my life. Some may see my life as a "sheltered" life - I would agree. My life has been richly blessed by trusting friends, the prayers of faithful people, the continuous blessings from a few good, prayerful decisions made earlier in life (my wife and a 2 year mission) and a growing faith in true gospel principles. I strongly believe that positive movement towards living Godly principles (complete honesty, being there for your children - as opposed to outsourcing their needs and skills to someone else, leading through "quiet" support, encouragement and example, regular scripture study, anonymous service/sacrifice and frequent prayer) are commandments given by Someone who cares about our freedom and happiness. I am grateful for opportunities as an LDS to build upon these Christian teachings through "family home evening" (Monday evening family night), "Word of Wisdom" (a code of physical health), "tithing/fast offering/fasting" (very personal opportunities to put the Lord first in your life - even before worldly appetites and pleasures), "For the Strength of Youth" (specific modern-day modesty and morality guidelines) and "home and visiting teaching" (everyone visits and receives visits from fellow congregational members who care for each others' welfare).

How I live my faith

If you are like me, you would rather someone see you are a Christian than ask if you are one. I am truly an empty glass if all I can say is I've known these truths or felt the Spirit without an active and current working faith. My challenge is to liken the scriptures and my faith to real life and then "prove" them. Being a good provider in our home includes being a good listener and working closely with my wife the personal caregiver who really "gets things done" is important. We our family honor covenants with God and speak respectfully of His name and teachings, whether in prayer, friendly conversation or participation in any activity. It takes a lot of courage for our kids to steer clear of pornography, cheating, drugs, profanity and anything of the like knowing they place themselves on a pedestal amongst a scrutinizing world ever-mindful of bad "religious examples. I strongly support our country's freedom realizing that patriotism extends even beyond the battlefield or national pride. 

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Only young men approaching the age of 19 have this duty and obligation. Young woman 21 or older may serve (and are greatly appreciated) but are not required. Older married couples are encouraged if they able. The word "required" implies no personal freedom. Although it is a commandment (this implies that it comes from God and will result in greater personal freedom), all young men have the choice. Show more Show less