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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a retired science teacher living in Denver, CO. I'm happiest finding joy in living and sharing it with others. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

After many years of being involved in science education in grades that ranged from first to tenth, I've recently retired and am really enjoying the changes this decision has brought into my life. It's the chance to be involved in new opportunities that makes this stage of my life so refreshing. I admit, however, that on occasion I write for a science education company. It's great to be involved with new retail and classroom science products and ideas again. Besides, the people I'm involved with are great! In addition to writing, I love working with my hands in the yard and garden as well as working around the house. This extends to model railroading and just as soon as I can convince the CFO it's a good idea, the dream layout will take shape in the basement. Perhaps I can convince her that it'll be for the grand kids but that may be a hard sell; she knows better. Cooking has always been a favorite thing to do, also, and now there's more opportunity to practice. The finances are tight, however, so like many folks, we have to plan ahead and focus on what really counts.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm the only member of my family of five who joined the Church. In fact, I was 18 and at college when I had the first missionary lessons and wanted to be baptized. My folks didn't think that was such a good idea so I had to wait to be baptized at age 21. At 18, I was planning on becoming a minister for my church and was looking at seminary after college. A roommate suggested that I should learn more about other religions and suggested I talk with a couple of young men from his church. I vividly recall the powerful influence of the Holy Ghost within the first few minutes of the first discussion and I knew what they were presenting was true. I remembered the visit of other missionaries to my home ten years previously and their testimony of Joseph Smith and the First Vision. The two moments in my life ran together and suddenly, it all made perfect sense to me. My parents were wonderful people and I had been raised in a loving, God-fearing home but this was a real trial for them. Even though they didn't attend my baptism three years later, they could see the wonderful influence for good the principles of the Gospel were having in my life. No one in my family ever joined but they were always respectful of my decision. Over the years trials have come and gone for me and will, no doubt, come yet again. It's called life. There's no way to avoid the challenges we face but I promise that there is help and support in Heaven and in Earth. I have a personal testimony of the Atonement of our Savior and have relished it's healing power and influence in my life. The Principles of the Gospel are the tools by which we shape our wills into that which our Heavenly Father wants for us. Guided by living prophets, we can become the sons and daughters of God and heirs to the Kingdom that He yearns for all of us to be.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is cool! There's no other way to put it. It's interesting to hear others talk about the Church as though they understand it completely and then set the record straight in a fun, non-confrontational way. Humor works well for this conversation! Some faculty colleagues and friends of mine have had a good time teasing me about some aspects of my beliefs but, surprisingly, they were the first ones to jump to my defense when a challenge arose from "an outsider." It helps that the Church is a quiet provider of needed services to all people and communities in need. "Mormons take care of their own" is a common phrase I hear and while that may be true, it's easy to gently point out how much is provided to anyone when it's needed. Locally, things like food bank drives, Eagle Scout projects, service opportunities (e.g. the Ronald MacDonald House), blankets for local family shelters, and collecting school supplies for needy children have been experiences I've been involved with personally. It's great to be a part of 14 million people living the Gospel!