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Hi I'm Rob

As a scouter I help boys become men. At work I'm a Rocket Scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have great passion in life and love to learn all that I can. I have worked with young boys in Scouting and Venturing for 25 years. Nothing testifies more of God than Nature and learning our part in this world; understanding the impact we have on it and on others has fueled my passion. Sharing, teaching is part of who I am. I believe everyone should excel at a hobby whether it be a sport, music, craft, or skill. I am a competitive squash player at the 'A' level. Try it, it's a great workout. I have been married for 25 years and have 5 children and 3 grandchildren (so far...). As a professional I am a Software Engineer, I have a Masters Degree in Business Administration and work on Missile Command and Control Systems for the Canadian Navy. Rocket Science? Close enough for me!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church when I was just three years old so I was raised with the teachings of Christ. I was taught the values of Faith, Virtue, Knowledge, Patience, Brotherly Kindness, and Charity in my youth but it wasn't until my early twenties that I discovered their meaning. After work one day I was killing time at the mall, just wandering around in a sports store looking at STUFF. I picked up a football for some reason, I had never played football, other than throwing one around with a few friends from time to time, and I had no real love for the sport, but there it was in my hand. As I placed it back on the shelf that is when I saw the wallet, it caught my eye as being out of place there among the footballs. I paused before touching it realizing it must belong to someone. I looked around to see who it might belong to; but I was alone. I picked it up and realized it was a woman's wallet, a little larger than pocket size. I held it in my hand looking for its owner but I was still alone. I slipped it into my pocket, out of sight and waited there for half an hour hoping the women who lost it would return and I could hand it to her. No one came. I left the mall and went to my car thinking I would return it, I had still not opened it to see the name and address of its owner. I was surprised to find a large sum of money, $80 in 1984 would be worth about $300 today in 2011. My next surprise was no drivers license but instead I found the student ID of a young 14 year old girl in grade 9, no address, no phone number and a very common last name. My first thought was, ashamedly, I get to keep the money; but that didn't feel right. As I drove home I thought about how I'd been raised, I had to "Choose the Right" and find a way to return the wallet, I had to! But how? Continued in Personal Stories...

How I live my faith

Attending church weekly is the starting point for me. It allows me to free myself from the cares and stresses of the world and learn to help others. I gather my thoughts of the past week, assess how I have done, and plan how I might better myself by helping and serving others. I volunteer to work with the youth of the Church through the Scouting Program. It gets me into the community and apply the spiritual to the temporal. Showing brotherly kindness is easy to say but how about giving up a weekend to take some boys camping. It allows me to lose my pride and give to others.