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Hi I'm Rob

I'm a father of 3 boys and husband to a wonderful wife for 25 years, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of three wonderful boys, and a loving wife of 25 years. We are not the perfect family, and we have had our struggles, but we do love each other. I served as a Mormon missionary just like my son does now, and I served in Osaka, Japan. Since then, I have been back to Japan with my wife, and later on we went back as a family for my work. I graduated from college in the 80s, got my masters in the 90s, and finished a PhD in the 00s. I was on the long, long-term education path. I enjoy music, and play the bass, a little piano - but not very well - and I love to listen to all kinds of music. I love to travel and meet new people and places, and I have been lucky to work for companies that have me working in various parts of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a third generation Mormon, and my great-grandfather was baptized in Copenhagen back in the 1860s, and my immediate family is made up of faithful members of the church. But that's not why I'm a Mormon. I think each of us has to come to the faith, whether we grew up in the church or whether we just heard about it last week. I came to the realization of the truthfulness of what I was being taught in my family and in church over a period of many years, and many small witnesses of the spirit. When I was eight, I was baptized, and I was given a little book of poetry by one of my teachers from church. I didn't read much of the book, but I loved this teacher, and I desired to know for myself what made her so great, so I prayed to Heavenly Father. I felt something in my heart, a pause, a calming assurance that made me feel at peace. I recognized that it made me feel different than I had ever felt, and to know that God existed and cared about me was something profound for me at that young age. I started reading the Book of Mormon when I was twelve, and have read it many times since then, including the Japanese edition, and I know that it is true. It is true, not because of the historical significance of the accounts that were written by ancient prophets, but because of the testimony of Jesus Christ that they record. Their accounts are another witness of Him, in addition to the Old and New Testament, and reading the words fills your mind with the knowledge of His sacrifice for us, and it fills your heart with assurance that God lives, that He has a plan for each of us. I know that this life is the most advanced form of learning that our Father could provide for us, and that every joy or sorrow teaches us the attributes of godliness. I pray, and I read, and I search for myself, and through this I have felt the guidance of the Holy Ghost at many times in my life. This is the promise of our Heavenly Father - that each of us can know for ourselves.

How I live my faith

I try to do what I can to live my faith, acknowledging that I am so far from perfect; but I think the Lord accepts our best efforts as long as we are improving and trying to keep the commandments. I have had many opportunities to serve over the years, from teaching adults the gospel in Sunday School to helping elementary school-aged kids learn songs about the gospel. I have been in leadership positions and have grieved along with those who suffer great personal losses and have personally felt the Holy Ghost guiding me to those who needed a little encouragement or some special help that I could offer. This is the purpose of spiritual gifts - to bless the lives of others, and in the course of that, to bring richness to our own lives. I pay my tithing faithfully, and I don't see it as a sacrifice. Every blessing that I enjoy, including the ability to earn a living, comes from Heavenly Father, so my small tithing is only a way of acknowledging this fact regularly - it is a form of worship, not just a form of payment. I have made many mistakes in my life, many have led to great personal trials, but I try to remember words from the Book of Mormon that say, "I give unto men weakness that they may learn to be humble" - I must have a lot to learn. But I trust in Jesus Christ, and in His atonement for my sins if I continue faithful.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

That he is the Son of a Heavenly Father, and they, together with the Holy Ghost are "one" god in purpose, in mission, and in their desire to see us grow and progress. Jesus Christ is in the official name of the church, so I don't understand why people question our belief in Jesus or our Christianity. He is our Savior who delivered us from Satan's grasp he is the Creator of the earth, and he is the Only Begotten of the Father. I love Him and have hope in Him - he is my Divine Redeemer. Show more Show less