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Hi I'm Robert

I am a technology trainer, a former entertainer, a recovering addict, and a father. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a member of this Church, but my family did not practice the faith or attend meetings. I brought myself into the church at age 17 with the aid of a very special family in my life. I gained a testimony of the gospel while a senior in high school and served as an LDS Missionary. My wife and I have been together and happy for 28 years now. We have 7 children including our two youngest who are adopted. I am a computer nerd and a movie geek. Movies have always been a challenge for me. I love the craft but cringe at the low standards portrayed in them. I spent 10 years of my life performing as a professional magician and comedian. However, I felt I lacked the spiritual strength to continue in this path and keep my faith and my family together. I made a difficult choice to change career paths. I made the decision with much prayer and felt this was the will of the Lord. I now work as a teacher and consultant for software companies. It has afforded me many opportunities to see the world and the people in it. I have many friends in the church. I have many more who are not in the church. It makes for enlightening discussions that I never shy away from. I try to be a good example; I worry I may not always be one.

Why I am a Mormon

The reasons for my devotion to the Church are many and they seem to increase everyday. The influence of the gospel of Jesus Christ seems to penetrate more and more into the smallest of details in my life. I see the positive effects it has on me and others. I also see how it gives me hope and comfort in a time of struggle and despair. Ultimately all of the reasons I am devoted to my faith it come down to receiving a witness of the truth of our Savior Jesus Christ and of the restoration of his Gospel on the earth today. It is not a one time thing for me. I have received many spiritual confirmations in my life that make me certain God the father lives, that his son Jesus Christ died for us, and that his teachings in their fullness are once again with us along with his power and authority to administer in all the ordinances related to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The greatest confirmations come from continued reading the Book of Mormon. As I grow older it seems as though the book grows with me. I have received answer after answer on how to deal with the struggles of daily living through this book. Each time the answer is surprisingly simple, but profound. It is keeps me bound to the truth of Christ, the Bible, and the restoration of the Gospel.

How I live my faith

For me living my faith boils down to keeping the commandments and serving my fellow man. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, might mind and strength and love thy neighbor as thyself still rings true today as when the savior first spoke it. I try to do both. I often fail at both miserably. Because I do fail miserably and frequently, I also live my faith through repentance. Repentance for me is a positive uplifting thing. It is how you put the Atonement of Jesus Christ into practice. I hope people understand that calling others to repent is not an act of belittlement. It is a way of saying that you are taking too much on yourself. There is a better way, a happier way, and, dare I say, an easier way? I fully believe that we can cast our burdens of sin at the Savior's feet and take his yoke upon us. It is easy, it is light. I work in my church to help in where I am invited to help. But just getting out and helping my neighbors and getting to know them and sharing their burdens, and if they are open, sharing my faith with them is, for me, the purest practice of faith.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Robert
In a day when sexual relationships of any and all types seem to be acceptable, we all find ourselves often having to decide whether to follow the trends or stand strong for what has God has given us. Among his great gifts to us is an understanding of the sanctity of sexual relationships. When this understanding is put into practice, love, honor, and trust grow and a couple find joyful bonds that are not common in our day. The prophets have declared anciently that all sexual relationships are within the bounds of marriage and that marriage is between a man and woman. In 1995 the Church issued a proclamation to all the world on the family. This proclamation reaffirms the what has been spoken of anciently and declares critical importance of the husband and wife, the man and the woman, the mother and the father. The family is the fundamental unit of our society and our Church. The Lord created this relationship in the Garden of Eden. Jesus Christ reaffirmed it during his ministry, and It has been revealed to us again in our day. Sexual relationships outside of this are considered sin in the eyes of God. This includes premarital sex, adultery, pornography, and physically intimate relations between same sex couples. It is important to note that while we must hold true to our beliefs, our beliefs include love and compassion for all people, regardless of their adherence to our standards. We do not wish to ostracize or marginalize any person or group. We only wish to declare the truths that have given ask all to prayerfully learn if they are of God. We are devoted to our beliefs and to the commandments that come with them. However, we do not create these standards, we merely declare them. This Church is guided by prophets and apostles and the teachings are had through revelation. Regardless of the trends of the day or how popular they may become, we must hold steadfast to our revealed standards. We recognize that many things we teach might conflict with trends of the day. But we are not a faith whose doctrine is decided by social pressure or the philosophies of men. We believe we are guided by a prophet who is guided by the Lord. Ultimately, this question and others like it come down to the question of modern day revelation. The real question is: Did Joseph Smith restore the Gospel and the Church as it now stands? To this end, I invite all truly seeking an answer to these questions to begin by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. This book will testify the truth of Jesus Christ. By reading it one may know whether our teachings, our standards, and our faith are of God. From here the other questions asked will come not only with answers, but this the spiritual strength to live according to what they have learned. Those who struggle with the desires discussed in this question will come to know there is a way live according the the revealed word. God will not give us any commandment without preparing a way that we may live by it. Show more Show less