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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in California and served 33 years as an Army dentist. My greatest joys come from my church and family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad, a grandfather, and a retired Army dentist. My wife and I have been married for 45 years. We have seven children and 26 grandchildren. I spent most of my Army career either performing or managing dental and then medical research. I usually did research four days a week and dentistry the other day of the week. When I retired, my wife and I went on an 18 month proselytizing mission to Tula Russia and served in the Russia Moscow Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I currently volunteer as a dentist for Mission of Mercy doing free dentistry three times a month. I like working with Mission of Mercy because it is a faith-based service organization providing free medical and dental care to those who otherwise couldn't afford it. My hobby is photography and I love taking pictures of people and groups, especially my family and boy scout activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Lutheran church and was very active all the way through high school. I loved the people there and the great examples they were to me. When I went away to college, I slowly fell away from organized religion and started to doubt my belief in God. I became an agnostic, not knowing if there was a God. When I became a college senior, I married a Mormon girl. After our marriage, I started going to church with her, mostly out of curiosity, and also to please her. After attending regularly for about a year, I started studying about the Mormon faith with the missionaries. For the first lesson, we traveled to the Los Angeles Temple Visitor's Center where they took me on a tour that sketched out in about 45 minutes the structure of Christ's original church, the apostasy that occurred after the death of the early apostles, and the restoration of the gospel starting with the Christian reformers and ending with Joseph Smith, the first prophet in modern times. They made the bold claim that there was a prophet on the earth today and that if I asked Heavenly Father in prayer, he would answer me in my heart if what they were telling me was true. At that point I felt a warmth inside and the realization came to me that if what they were saying was true, then it was the most important thing I could ever know. With that in mind, I started reading the Book of Mormon one night and the Bible the next night, comparing them. I met with the missionaries weekly and asked God many times if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was his true church, but didn't receive an answer. After nine months of studying and reading, my wife and I decided to fast to help me receive an answer. As I was reading in the book of 2nd Corinthians, a warm feeling came over me that engulfed my entire body. It was undeniable proof to me that God heard my prayers, that he lives, and that the LDS church was true. I went home, called the missionaries and was baptized one week later.

How I live my faith

I love being a member of the Church. I feel god's spirit as I serve others. Our church gives us lots of opportunities to serve and now that I am retired, I have plenty of time on my hands. I currently serve my church as the assistant cub master and also as the Ward Mission Leader. As the mission leader, I help our congregation to be missionaries to the community around us. When Christ set up his church, he spent the bulk of his time as a missionary bringing others to his church. Christ's last charge to his disciples can be found at the very end of the Gospel of Matthew when he said: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." As the ward mission leader I get to work with the young, full-time missionaries that serve in our church from all over the world. They spend 18-24 months of their young lives to leave their homes and go out in the world helping others to find Christ. I love working with these young missionaries. They are filled with goodness and light. People are drawn to them because they can feel how special they are. I still remember the missionaries who taught me and how much I owe them for taking their time to help me to bring the Savior into my life. I love talking to members and investigators about the Gospel of Jesus Christ because as we discuss the Savior, I can feel my own faith and testimony grow. I love seeing how people's lives change as they come unto Christ and as they strive with to live God's word and be better people. A prophet of God once said: "The gospel of Jesus Christ makes bad men good and good men better." What can be better than that? Today the world is trying to minimize Christianity and Christian beliefs. I believe it is important for us as Christians to stand together and fight this trend for the ultimate good of our society and the world.