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Hi I'm Rob

I am an outdoor enthusiast. I love living in the hot dry desert in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 6 kids ages 1-10. Being a Dad is my favorite job. My wife and I just celebrated our twelfth anniversary. I have worked in the convenience store industry for over 21 years, and love the diverse group of people I get to work with and serve. I love being outdoors, and I have a wonderful wife who allows me to enjoy "manventures" regularly. I have backpacked all over Arizona, including the Grand Canyon. I enjoy running and am currently training for my forth marathon. Although I am not anywhere near calling myself an "artist", I do love to draw. On the rare occasions that I actually get a turn with the remote control I enjoy watching a few programs on the Travel Channel, Military Channel, or Discovery. I enjoy reading biographies and action/adventure novels, but once in awhile force myself to read something "civilized".

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a strong Mormon family. My folks taught me right from wrong and we had a strong family with 5 kids. in my mid-teens I pulled away from the Church and enlisted in the Marine Corps. My choices were not in alignment with the way I had been taught to live for the next 10-12 years. I have always known, even in those years of separation from God and the Church, that the Church is true. In the summer of 1997 I had an experience that forced me to re-evaluate my life, and very slowly over the next year or two I began shedding some bad habits and trying to make better choices. About that time my little brother was ready to serve a mission in South America. I received a letter from him challenging me to be ready to go to the temple before his return two years later. I had not even considered returning to regular Church attendance up to that point, but his letter and subsequent correspondence stirred me. I began to pray and study the scriptures regularly, and before I knew what was happening found myself sitting in Sacrament Meeting with a bunch of strangers. I prayed every single day for power to break the bonds of transgression which still had me securely bound, and in a very short period of time God answered my prayers and helped me, beyond my own power, to make some necessary changes. A short time after my brother returned from his mission he served as my escort as I went to the temple for the first time. My testimony of this Church and of my Heavenly Father's direct influence in my life are absolute. There have been times in my life when I have heard His voice so clearly that I literally looked up heavenward and exclaimed "I hear you". I know that He helps His children, and that He loves us and knows us by name. He knows our weaknesses and strengths. I know that through His direction the true Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through His prophet, just a boy, Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

Service in the Church is a lot of things, but it is always "interesting". I have enjoyed serving in our men's organization, and my favorite thing to do with the other men is service activities. We have helped families move in and out, we have cleaned yards, taken down trees, repaired fences, and countless other service projects. About 5 years ago I was asked to serve as the Scoutmaster for the young men in our area, and I did that for about 4 years. I loved spending time with those Scouts, and we traipsed all over Arizona. It was sometimes challenging, sometimes required heavy sacrifice, but was an absolute blast. One of the most fulfilling events in my life was watching one of those boys achieve the rank of Eagle in the Scouting program, and to have been able to watch him grow. My current responsibilities include a more administrative role in the Church, but occasionally I am assigned to plan and cook meals for several hundred people.