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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a husband and a father. I'm a pilot and a thrill seeker, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I went to high school in a small suburb outside a large city. I have two brothers and one sister. My parents separated and divorced when I was a junior in high school. After I graduated I immediately enlisted in the US Navy. I spent four years on a ship and explored the world, while taking honor in helping to defend our country. I took up sky diving and made several jumps attempting to get my license, but never did due to deployments. When I separated from the Navy I had a new found desire to attend church. I jumped into it head first and realized that this is where I am the happiest. I met a girl while I was in college, and we were married just before I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree. After a few different jobs and searching for what I truly wanted to do with my life, I attended flight training. Now, several years later I am a pilot flying for a living and my wife and I have two beautiful children.

Why I am a Mormon

 As a member of the church one of our core beliefs is that families can be together forever. I was raised in the church so when my parents divorced this had a big impact on all my beliefs. I stopped going to church for about six months before I joined the navy until three months after I separated from the navy. I'll never forget when the Spirit whispered to me. I was in the college library waiting for classmates to work on a history project. They never showed up, and as I waited, the Spirit told me to read the one paragraph on Joseph Smith and Brigham Young in my history book. As I did, I knew that I had to go back to church. I wasn't truly happy living the way I was, and felt like I had a huge whole in my life. I went back to church and, even though it's not the easiest way to live life, I personally believe that it's the best way. I prayed sincerely and asked my Heavenly Father if this is where He wanted me. I cannot describe the overwhelming feeling of comfort and reassurance I felt with accuracy. Sure it has it's challenges, but then, nothing worth having is easy. I testify to you that this organization has the fullness of the gospel in these times. I can tell you that when I have abided by it's principles and teachings are the times that I have been the happiest in my life. And that these times have allowed me to reach greater achievements, personal, spiritual, and emotional, than any other time. I love the gospel, and even though I'm not perfect and I don't live it perfectly, as long as I try, and try my hardest, that the Savior will see that.

How I live my faith

 I used to teach for the four year old kids. They were so sweet with their little spirits and always made me smile. I recently was called to a leadership role for my age group. I'm in my 30's Talk about humbling. But we receive training and although it can sometimes be a daunting task, it is very fulfilling and honestly I end up learning more than anyone else does when it's my turn to teach.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Robert
 Absolutely not! I grew up in the church and I'd say the number of people that I've helped in the church is significantly smaller than the number of people I've assisted out side the church. This is not to say I don't help my fellow church members. We believe that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. And by that reasoning we are all brothers and sisters. I take that to heart and when I see someone in need I try to help to the best of my ability and training. Organized service projects aside, I've helped several stranded motorists on the side of the road. I give food to people I've seen that appear to be hungry on the side of the road. And for a long time, when I was growing up, my dad and I would do Meals on Wheels for those in need. I've volunteered at soup kitchens more recently. And during times of widely known hurricanes, I've volunteered on clean up crews multiple times. There is a song we have in our church called "Because I Have Been Given Much." I don't want to post the entire lyrics here, but they are available on a popular search engine. That song is very poignant to me and has always been near and dear to my heart. Also being a former Boy Scout, I have tried to uphold both the Scout Law and Oath to this day. I love my Heavenly Father, and I love my fellow man and want to do all I can to help others in any way I can. Show more Show less