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Hi I'm Bobby.

I'm a nerd, a video gamer, a reader, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Jacksonville Florida by my Dad. I grew up mostly independent from people, my Dad worked nights and slept during the day. I was mostly doing my own thing during the week, but we spent a lot of time together on the weekends, usually camping, hiking, fishing, all the outdoor stuff. I've traveled quite a bit in my life, covered about half of the States already. I have 3 older half-brothers who live with my Mom in Rhode Island who I visit when I can. Both of my grandfathers died before I was born, and both my grandma and my aunt passed away from cancer a few years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't born in the church, but my dad was a less active member of the church, and had been for a long time. I didn't really have much of a chance to hear, learn about, or even know about the church until I was 5. My Dad and my Mom split up when I was 4 and shortly thereafter my active grandmother came out to help my Dad raise me. I began to go to church with my grandmother and was baptized when I was 8. I wish I could say that I've always done the things I was supposed to since then, but that's not true at all. I wasn't very dedicated to the church, and as a result, my testimony faltered. I stopped going to church for a few years, mostly during high school, but around the end of high school I began to go to church again, along with that I attended other church meetings during the week. I began to feel very drawn to the church, especially the Book of Mormon, and I began to read it fervently. As I did that, I began to pray again, to ask my Heavenly Father if this was true, it this was something I should do. At first, no answer came to me, but as I continued to read, to pray, and go to church and other meetings, the answers started coming. Small promptings came at first, I'd feel peace or comfort as I did what I knew I should, and life just seemed harder if I didn't do it. As I kept immersing myself in the gospel, the answers came more powerfully, the more specifically I prayed, the more specific the answers were. Finally I received an answer that the Book of Mormon is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways, including my current service as a missionary for the Lord. But there are three things that have specifically help me to first grow a testimony of my own, and then keep the faith that I have growing and becoming more solid. These three things are reading my scriptures daily, praying to the Lord constantly, and attending church weekly. In the grand scheme of things, these things seem pretty simple, but the blessings and the growth I've seen as I've carried them out faithfully has been tremendous. Part of my calling as a missionary is to share the gospel to bless the lives of others, as it has mine, but another important aspect of my faith and my service is just that, service. There is much joy in following the saviors teaching of service to our fellow men, and it has played a huge aspect in my life and my growth in the gospel. There hasn't been a better feeling in my life than seeing someone who doesn't know where to turn for help find not only the help they were looking for but also the love and support of our loving Father in Heaven.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Bobby.
We do not worship Joseph Smith, while he is greatly respected for his work of restoring the gospel, he is not in any way the center of our worship. He was called through revelation from Jesus Christ to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Earth at this time to bring the blessings of the gospel to all mankind. There have been many doctrines of our worship that were restored by revelation given to Joseph Smith that allow us to more fully worship God our Eternal Father and our Savior Jesus Christ, but that in no way leads us to worship him for his efforts. Our worship has and ever will be center on God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Bobby.
There are many ways to go about joining the church, depending on how comfortable you are with talking to people you don't know. You could simply talk to a member of the church you know, it could be a co-worker, a family friend, or even just a neighbor. You could also request missionaries from this site, or simply flag them down when you see them. Anyway you go about starting to look into the church, the biggest thing that you can do is read the Book of Mormon, ponder in your heart the message it contains, and pray to know from our Heavenly Father to know if it is true. That's where everything starts, and where everything ends; If you know that the Book of Mormon is true, every other aspect of the Church, everything that you may have questions about regarding the Church, all of those things go back to knowing that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith translated it while acting as God's Prophet on the Earth, and that the Church is and has been lead by a Prophet of God since it was founded. Show more Show less