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Hi I'm Bob

I've been married 42 years, father of 5 and grandfather of 18 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 64 years old, married for 42 years to my best friend. We have 5 children and 18 grandchildren. I graduated from college with an accounting degree and then went to work for a major railroad where I still work. I earned my MBA while working. I have enjoyed every stage of my life thus far. Growing up I had wonderful parents. I participated in cub scouts and boy scouts, earning the rank of Eagle. I loved to participate in sports like football, basketball, baseball ... anything with ball in the word. In married life I have enjoyed all stages of our children, however even with the challenges of teenage years, I think I enjoyed their teenage years the most. At times I would take the children fishing. The only constant that we had on those fun outings is that we would never catch a fish. I also remember taking the family to the park to fly kites. We had everything we needed except wind or even a small breeze. We RAN around the park for a half hour trying to keep the kites up. We got tired and went home for refreshments. Finally, I now understand why we are called 'grandparents', it is because it is so 'grand' to have grandchildren. They are fun to have around, but it is also nice to hand the tired ones back to their parents.

Why I am a Mormon

I really enjoy the opportunities my membership in the church has given me and how it teaches me to give of myself. I've had remarkable experiences in my church service, including serving a two year mission in Africa, being asked to take various leadership roles in local congregations, teaching classes and enjoying years of working with the youth of the church and their friends. From early in my youth I've had a strong belief and peaceful feeling inside me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church. We all have challenges in life. Some are so hard to get through, yet it is those times that my faith in Jesus Christ and his teachings give me hope and comfort. A quick example. The first week after I arrived in Africa as a 19 year old missionary, I received a telegram that informed me that my father had died in an automobile accident. That was the hardest thing I had experienced to that point in my life. I was with several other missionaries including my Mission President who had just delivered the telegram to me. My heart felt like it would break. My mission president asked if I would like to have a prayer with all the other missionaries. I said "yes". We all knelt and he offered the prayer. During the prayer I felt a calming, peaceful, and loving feeling that I knew came from my Heavenly Father. While my pain and heartache did not go away, the feelings I received during that prayer were a total counter balance that allowed me to go forward knowing that my family and I would be supported through this difficult time by a loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I've had the opportunity with my wife to serve Sudanese immigrants in our area. Through our church we have been blessed to be foster parents several times for newborn babies during the time the adoption process was being completed. This was a wonderful experience for our family, but it was so hard each time to return the babies so that they could go to the adopting family. This was especially difficult for my wife who gave such loving care to each of these precious children. My wife and I currently are serving in one of our church's local temples where special blessings to individuals and families are received. All my life I have tried to learn and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I continually fall short, but I have hope that because of the tender mercies of Jesus Christ, I along with my family, together can live with Him some day.