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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in California. I'm a software developer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, in both the bay area and in Orange County. After high school I went to college to study computer science. While at college I met and married my wife. After college we moved to Colorado where I now work for a software company. We don't have any kids yet, but hope to soon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon. When I was a young child, we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. There weren't a lot of members in the area, so we attended with a small congregation, and none of my friends understood what being a Mormon meant. In that environment I learned a little about what it meant to live to a higher standard than most of those around me. When I was a teenager we moved to Orange County, where there are a lot more Mormons (though still only a small percentage of the population). People had more familiarity with what Mormons believe, but I was still very different from my friends. Growing up I was, in a sense, a Mormon by default -- because my parents where and they took me to church. When I was 14 I went to a week-long youth camp organized by the Church called Especially for Youth (EFY). At the camp my counselor challenged me to decide for myself if Mormonism was for me. He helped me realize that I couldn't go through life just going through the motions because my parents wanted me to. So I spent some time really studying the Book of Mormon and the words of latter-day prophets. The things they taught made sense to me, and I felt good about it. Finally I got down on my knees and prayed to God, asking him to help me know that this was the right thing to do with my life. When I finished praying I sat and thought for a while. The Spirit touched my heart, and I knew that it was right. I can't exactly explain how I knew, I just knew. It was more than just a feeling, more than a thought. It was certainty. Since then I've dedicated a lot of time to studying the Gospel. It all fits together so perfectly. The fact that it all makes so much sense and fits together so well is a further testament to me that it is true.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is in how I treat others. The Bible teaches that charity is the ultimate spiritual gift, more important than the gift of tongues, prophecy, etc. The Book of Mormon tells us that charity is the pure love of Christ, given by God to those who follow Him, and that we should pray in faith "with all the energy of heart" to receive it. I live my faith by showing charity towards others. Another way I live my faith is by serving in the Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not have a paid clergy. Instead we depend on every member helping out in whatever capacity they are asked (we call this a "calling"). Most recently I have been asked to serve as an administrative assistant to the Bishop of our congregation. I help keep him organized and schedule his appointments. Before my current calling I was serving as an instructor to the young men aged 16-19.