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Hi I'm Robert

Grew up in Washington State. Engineering Manager for large aerospace firm. I'm a Mormon. Married 47 years. 16 grandchildren

About Me

I'm a native of Western Washington and despite travels all around the world have never found anyplace I like better. I have a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, specializing in Stability and Control. I've worked all aspects of airplane programs from wind tunnel through flight test and am now focused on Flight Simulation. It seems I approach every aspect of life as an engineering - wanting facts and data. I've always been a hard worker, working my way through full time college while working full time and becoming the father of three. I now have six children and sixteen grandchildren and they provide my greatest joys and sorrows in life. My hobbies include reading, travel, photography, and Disney pin collecting. I love getting very old family pictures and adding them to my digital collection.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Protestant faith where we were expected to have a special Sunday behavior. I attended Sunday School most weeks but my parents joined typically only on Easter and Christmas. As a teenager, I had a lot of questions about religion that couldn't be addresses by my teachers or minister, nor could I see the answers in my reading of selected portions of the Bible. Mormon missionaries came to our door while my wife was expecting our first child. She immediately saw and felt the truth in the gospel, while I took quite a bit of time. We were both baptized before our daughter was born, but I had not been truly converted yet. For several years I read every book about the scriptures that I could find. I felt really good about the Mormon faith but still wasn't as certain as I'd like to be that it was true. Nevertheless, I had learned truths that answered so many of my questions, and was definitely pleased to have found a gospel that made sense to me in every aspect of my life. When I put aside the books about scripture and turned to reading the scriptures, things really began to change for me. Add in a little humility and I found myself at the end of the Book of Mormon on bended knee testing Moroni's promise. Facts and data can't explain exactly what happened next, but I knew the Book of Mormon was true. From that day forward, the gospel has brought so many rich blessings into my life that my testimony is my most prized possession.

How I live my faith

Serving in the church is part of my life every single day. I've learned through rich experience that serving other people brings me great pleasure and provides perspective for my own life and that of my family. I've held many different callings, from door greeter to Bishop. In all cases, the blessings I receive grow as I work hard to serve others. Being a Mormon impacts every minute of every day in my life. People ask me how I can be so calm in very troubling circumstances. It's because the Lord and the Scriptures provide a foundation for me.