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Hi I'm Rob

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was born and raised in Arizona.

About Me

I work with computers in the area of predictive analytics and data mining. I am happily married with four children. My oldest is thirteen and my youngest is entering kindergarten this year. I enjoy swimming, wood working, photography, shooting and playing with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small town. The summer before I went to college a coworker at the pool I was working at mentioned she was Mormon. Her example and values had impressed me, so I decided to ask her about her faith. Although I cannot remember all the details of our conversation, I still remember her conviction. I attended church with her and her brother and sister in law. Again I was impressed by those I met at church and the strong beliefs of her family. Later that month we each headed off to separate colleges. At college I ran into people of many different faiths; ministers preaching on campus parks, college students of various Christian denominations, Catholic, Protestant, Eastern religions. Many good people with very different perspectives. One day while in a math class, a student next to me asked, "What ward are you in?" I had no idea what she was referring to. I later learned that the term "ward" is similar to congregation or parish in the LDS church. Again she repeated her question, "What ward are you in?" I told her I did not know what she was talking about. "Why are you wearing a Mormon CTR ring? You're Mormon aren't you?" she asked me. I explained that my friend who had first taken me to church had given me the ring. This girl in my math class invited me to church, which introduced me to a whole new set of people and experiences, and eventually missionaries who taught me more about the basic doctrines of the church. I'd be glad to share the details, just ask. The point that impressed me most about the missionaries was that they said that I should not take their word that what they were teaching is true. They encouraged me to pray for myself and God would answer my prayers. It surprised me to think that I could pray to God and that He would answer me, but what an obvious way to answer my mounting questions on what church I should join. The answer to my sincere prayers has certainly changed my life in ways that I could have never imagined.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith...imperfectly, but I am constantly trying to improve. I am currently serving as the bishop of the ward in which I live. Bishop is the Mormon equivalent of a pastor or minister in many other churches. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka: LDS, Latter Day Saints, Mormons) no one is paid money for serving in the church. Bishops, teachers, organists, stake presidents, high councilmen, apostles....etc. all serve voluntarily without pay. Even full time missionaries that leave their homes and families for 2 years, do so at their own expense, paying for their travel, room and board. That was another thing that intrigued me when I first was learning about the church. So, as a bishop I have a full time day job where I program computers and analyze Terabytes of data, come home for an hour with my family and then head off to the church to serve the members of my ward in whatever way I can.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Rob
My family is a great strength to me. My wife is a constant encouragement that makes me want to become the man she sees in me and deserves. My children remind me how trusting and forgiving we should all be. Show more Show less