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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a GIS Analyst, historian, busy father, knuckle popper, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my experience as a missionary, student, and traveler, I have learned that there is divinity in all of God's children. The world is an immensely intriguing place. I have been blessed with time to study art, history, and geography. My commute to work is a mixed blessing, giving me quiet time to contemplate and read. I know God's hand is in all things, from the miracles of today's medicine to the life flowing through the trees that beautify the landscape, and the miracles of ordinary people reaching out to help those in need around them. We are God's children, and we lived with him before we were born. There is divinity in us all. We are here on a great university trip to learn good and evil, choose the good, and solve problems and grow in capacity and divinity. Our Savior Jesus Christ has given us the impetus to succeed by taking upon himself our sins and giving us a chance to rise above them and continue our progression and development. When I see my own kids' continual development I hear the voice of my Heavenly Father, through the power of the Holy Ghost, whispering of what it is like to watch us all grow.

Why I am a Mormon

No ship without a sturdy keel will successfully sail to its destination. The voice of modern-day prophets keeps me from being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine and the opinions of men. Joseph Smith saw God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and through him as their prophet, they have restored great truths to the earth, things that have baffled mankind for centuries. Where are we from? Why are we here, and where are we going? What is all of life's suffering about? All of these questions are answered by the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other scriptures, including the on-going stream of truths spoken by today's prophets. If prophets were needed in Moses' time, or in the time of Isaiah, we need them as much today. We need authorized teachers, the prophets, to answer questions arising from what is going on in the world today. I especially value being a Mormon because as such I have learned that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that through his grace I can do what is required of me to repent and return to live with God after this life. Not only that, but I can walk through life in peace by following Christ's words. The Book of Mormon says "feast upon the words of Christ, for the words of Christ will tell you all things that ye should do."

How I live my faith

Church attendance first and foremost helps me to stay close the Holy Ghost. It gives me a chance to renew my covenants to obey God's commandments and repent of any mistakes I have made. By so doing I am able to put mistakes behind me and move forward. Church is a place to meet like-minded people and grow in the gospel and my faith in Jesus Christ. Scripture study helps me to feast upon the words of Christ. Mormons have a lot of scripture, including the ancient scriptures and the words of today's prophets. Through reading them I can learn more about my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, come to a greater understanding of them, and even receive specific guidance from the Holy Spirit as I read. Prayer is a constant conversation with Heavenly Father. We must constantly pray so as to have spiritual power to help us keep the commandments in our daily lives. I can seek strength, guidance, blessings, and forgiveness through prayer. I can speak to him like a true Father, and receive his love and grace to sustain me. Learning all truth is a way to commune with God. "All things denote there is a God," the Book of Mormon prophet Alma declared. Mormons accept all truth from any source, including other religions, and the sciences. We are not afraid of modern science, but we embrace it as a way of discovering further truth. Family Home Evening is a weekly night that my family and I spend time together reading the scriptures, watching gospel-related movies, and strengthening our family ties. The home is the center of the church, and the main place where children are to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ. Attending the temple gives me the opportunity to seek blessings for myself, as well as for others, including the living and those who have not heard the gospel while they were alive. I am greatly strengthened by the presence of the Holy Ghost when I am in the temple. Upon every temple are the words, "Holiness to the Lord. The House of the Lord."

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Baptisms for the dead answer the awful conundrum of how the Lord can absolutely require people to be baptized by the authority of the priesthood even though they did not have the opportunity in their lifetime to hear the gospel from an authorized minister of Christ. Right now the Lord is hastening His work on the earth to prepare for his Second Coming. This work moves forward not only at the impetus of missionaries in mortality, but on the other side of the veil in the afterlife. As missionaries in the afterlife teach those who never got a chance in this life, people in mortality go to the temple of the Lord and stand in for them to receive baptism to fulfill the Lord's requirements. Show more Show less