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Hi I'm Bob Heightchew

I'm a husband, father, engineer, road cyclist, guitar student ... and a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoyed athletics and math in high school, so I ended up in engineering and in a lifelong career in amateur basketball, running, swimming. For my 60th birthday I took up road and mountain biking. I went over the handle bars a few times at first, but in the last four years I've gained enough skill to log thousands of miles on the road and hours and hours on singletrack trails. For my 61st birthday, I went skydiving with my son and a son-in-law. That was a once in a lifetime experience -- literally! We're adding grandchildren rapidly, and all the fun that comes with that. We're working to be ready for a senior mission when we retire. The next adventure.

Why I am a Mormon

I knew nothing more about Mormons than the movie "Brigham Young" until I attended a Temple open house. I was so impressed with what I saw there that I scurried everywhere for another ticket to go back. (Little did I know that I didn't even need the ticket the first time.) Seven years later, my wife and I joined the Church, mostly at that time to gain the benefit of the youth programs for our children. But since then I have gained a deep testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is brought forward more fully and powerfully into my life with the doctrine I learn in the LDS Church than anywhere else.

How I live my faith

As an engineer, I tend toward study and testing to be sure something works. "By their fruits shall ye know them." Alma 32 is my watch word: "if ye will ... experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, [and] ... if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." (Alma 32:27-28) I have tested many Gospel principles from tithing to abstaining-from-alcohol to keeping the Sabbath holy. Every time I receive a confirmation that what I am taught in Church is a true and useful principal -- and I'm eternally grateful.