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Hi I'm Rob

I work with projectors, love movies, animals, martial arts, and people discovering their true worth. And yup: I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hi! I'm Rob. I am a father of 3 grown children, and married to an angel wife who loves to help make sure some of God's blessings get to His children who need them. I enjoy work with home theater projection technology. I practice and teach a rare Taoist martial art, love good stories, movies, music and animals, and hate misunderstandings over differences between people. I love the bumper sticker that says: "Don't hate me because I sin differently than you." Anything I have written here should be viewed as my own interpretation of what I have been taught by God directly, or by His servants. I love what I have learned, and hope something I put here may be helpful to someone. I hope for all to be able to become aware of their own potential, and receive the spiritual gifts they need to reach the fulness of what Jesus Christ desires to help them achieve. And yes, I am very happy to be able to say I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Protestant for about 15 years, an atheist for about 3, and dead for about 10 minutes. Although brief, the time spent being dead had the most impact on my religious life up to that time. What I learned: Life and thought don't end at death. One's thoughts, rationalizations and self deceit become much more clear outside of the body. I was not being truthful to myself or God about religion. There was a keen sense of His awareness of the inner me, nothing hidden, and sudden clarity about my obvious errors in religious judgment. God was not interested in punishing me. In fact, I sensed concern in sparing me as much pain and shame as possible, even though I was clearly responsible for the condition I was in. My freedom of choice and thought is honored by God. I have written more about my near-death experience and my conversion, for those interested. I have been spiritually guided by the Holy Ghost, almost as clear as a voice, which has led me to a Mormon Elder, the Book of Mormon, and to the restored Church of Jesus Christ. Baptism and the Holy Ghost have deepened and confirmed my devotion to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and helped me to keep my mind open to His will. Now, I have been a Mormon for over 40 years because God lives and He answers prayer. He loves us whether we choose to love Him or not. But ultimately, I have chosen His will over mine, because He has let me know what He wants for me, and I know for a certainty that He knows best. He has never let me down.

How I live my faith

Knowing that God lives and cares about me has made a tremendous impact in my life. I have been given to know by revelation and joyful experience that Jesus Christ is His Son, and that His Atonement is absolutely essential to my eternal progress. I read the scriptures daily, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon, because I want to know Him, and learn to be like Him. He has made my life so much better. He has given me strength to overcome many addictions. I enjoy a peace and level of happiness which I at one time would not have believed possible in this life. I believe in and receive continuing guidance and revelation from the Living God. I know He is vitally interested in the well being of each of us, because we literally are His children, and He is the best Father ever. A part of that Love is expressed in His respect for our freedom of choice. Because of the importance of our choices here, He allows us to follow our own paths, but has been careful to make sure we have important guidance. His desire is for us to learn to be happy through obedience. But we also have the freedom to learn the hard way through the consequences of unwise choices if we insist. I am writing because I want to share what I have learned, even though my language may be imperfect. I am seeking to draw near to my Savior Jesus Christ, and our Father in Heaven, and to know Them, for I know that "this is Life Eternal, to know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent."

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Rob
Jacob 2:27-30 in the Book of Mormon sums it up for me: The standing rule is one man, one wife, unless the Lord commands otherwise, as He did occasionally in the Old Testament, and early in the Restoration. Even then, it is to be practiced only according to commandment. It is usually to raise up faithful seed, and perhaps to help look after the women and children. Essentially, it is only lived as needed and directed by the Lord, for His purposes, not at man's discretion. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Rob
"Mormonism" is the world's label for the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth, by God and angels, with all of its power and authority, prior to the Lord's return in glory, as prophesied by both ancient and modern scriptures. In a time of great confusion, and with a growing number of philosophies offering "every wind of doctrine", the voice of God through prophets is needed now more than ever to guide and direct His children safely through these troubled times. A loving Father would never leave His children alone in the time of their greatest tribulations, and prior to probably the most anticipated act of God in human history. There is a double witness of both Peter in the New Testament and Joel in the Old Testament saying "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath before that ... day of the Lord come". Visions and prophets are clearly to be evident in the last days. As a sign, He has called a young man as a prophet by vision in the last days to restore His Church in purity and power before that great event. As a sign, truth has been restored through scripture from out of the earth. As a sign, God will pour out His spirit upon all flesh in the last days, by which we can know that the work of Restoration is true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Rob
God's plans are multi-purpose. What we now see is only a small part of what exists. We are now in a learning stage of a great plan of happiness involving several stages, in which Earth life plays only a short but very significant role in helping us choose who and what we will become. It is all designed by a loving Father for our ultimate good. Death actually accomplishes many things. It teaches us to better appreciate life, and loved ones. This life is temporary, a preparation for the ultimate stage of Life we are in process of choosing for ourselves. Death takes us to our next stage of learning, where we experience another view of life, and experience existence (again) without a body, and can evaluate and learn from choices made in the body. Choices bring consequences which can become more acutely (even painfully) clear after death. 'Hell' is learning the hard way the laws governing happiness if we refuse to learn the easy way (obedience). For the most part, it is learning the painful way about consequences for unwise choices. We can begin to experience a portion of suffering from remorse here in this life, but it becomes more acutely clear in the next stage, where we find ourselves very limited in our ability to change things in the material world, or undo things we have done. Faith in Jesus Christ offers the standing opportunity to repent of wrong choices, continue to move forward, and find peace. It also opens up the way to a much happier and full way of life. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Rob
"Cult" is usually seen as a scary word, which can be used to discredit, or create fear. But the Bible teaches that "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7) Christianity and belief in Jesus Christ would have been labeled a cult among the orthodox religious leaders of the time. Jesus taught true doctrine, some of which was controversial, but to honest seekers, the Holy Ghost bore witness of its truth. The Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in the latter days, though similarly controversial, can likewise be confirmed by the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Rob
I love the Bible. I love the New Testament the most, because there we can read accounts of the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I wish we had more written about His life. I would love to hear the sound of his voice, and see the look in his eyes, and the love on His face, as he went about His Father's business. He is the best friend we will ever have. I love the stories of the Old Testament, too. I love the story of Shadrack, Meshak, and Abednego, and how their faith in God allowed them to be blessed to survive the fiery furnace, and walk in the flames with One whom the king described as "like the Son of God." The Bible is written about true events that happened in the lives of faithful followers and believers in God and His Son Jesus Christ. It is precious to me, and to Mormons. It is scripture. But it is only some of the words of God. The good news is there is more. The Book of Mormon is a selection of accounts about Jews who knew of Jesus Christ, even though they were led to a different part of the world. God has given it to us to help us through the trials, temptations, and tribulation of the last days, before the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth in glory. Mormons are grateful for every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God. My personal wish is that there may never again be a "famine of hearing the words of the Lord" and that when He speaks, we will cherish every word. Show more Show less