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Hi I'm ROB

I grew up in the western United States. I sell construction tools for underground pipe, & road construction. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy the outdoors, especially fishing high mountain lakes and streams. I have eight children, all who like to camp and fish and be with each other. I have been married to Nancy for 35 years. I don't deserve her, she is the best thing that ever happened to me. We are humble people. We have raised 5 boys and 3 girls in a 3 bedroom house. One bedroom for the boys, one for the girls, and one for us. While the kids were little, it was crazy trying to go anywhere or do anything. But as they grew, they learned to take care of and watch out for each other. It was like they were helping raise each other. Everyone comes over for Sunday dinner now, with spouses and children, to that same small house. They say they wouldn't have changed a thing about the way they grew up. They are all very close. I have worked in the construction industry for about 30 years or so, with a concrete contractor, a tenent improvement company, and a large building contractor. It was a natural step for me to go into tool sales. I had experience using the very tools I was selling, and could offer tips and better tools for the job. I enjoy sales. I am not in the sun or dirt anymore, and sometimes I miss that. But I still enjoy visiting with the contractors. I am a lot more deliberate these days. I don't move as fast as I used to. But I still get out and do things like camping, fishing, and cooking over an open fire. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother is a converted Baptist. My dad was a member, but not practicing. When I was 4 years old, a sister was born into our family. There were complications, and she passed away at 1 day old. As imagined, my mother was heart-broken. She didn't feel any comfort from the teachings of her religion. My dad mentioned that maybe they should invite the missionaries over. They taught her about God's plan of happiness. As she studied and prayed, she was converted to the gospel. My dad was also converted even though he was already a member. She was baptized, and as a family we started attending church. I was very lucky to have the history of the church in my background with my dad, and the newness and excitement of someone just converted to the gospel in my mom. I had the best of both worlds. I was taught according to the gospel plan. I was a deacon, teacher, and priest. The whole time learning the commandments, and testing their validity. I served as a missionary in the Montana/Wyoming Mission. I learned to love the gospel, and developed a close personal relationship with my Savior. I had great experiences on my mission. My testimony was continually tried during this time, and instead of it being broken down, my resolve grew stronger to live and keep the commandments. I knew they were true, and that true happiness could only be found in obeying them. I met my wife, and we were married in the Arizona Temple. We have been happy over the years with the blessings Heavenly Father has given us. We are not without challenges, but we know the best answers for solving problems is in keeping the commandments. So, you can see that my testimony is built line upon line, precept on precept. I never had an angel visit me. But, I have felt the influence of the Lord in my life. I have experienced that still small voice in my mind, and warmth in my heart assuring me that it's true. My testimony is very strong. I know the gospel is true because I have lived it.

How I live my faith

I am responsible on a stake council for helping people learn to be self-reliant, how to care for the poor and needy, and encourage them to provide volunteer service to individuals and the community. To create awareness for self-reliance we have an annual preparedness fair. I make assignments for stake members to care for the poor and needy by scheduling volunteers at the Bishop's Storehouse, and the Cannery. We ask our members to provide service in many work projects, as well as caring for their neighbors and friends. I am also a home teacher. I have been assigned by my quorum leader to visit and care for two sweet little widow ladies, and a family with 4 teenage boys. I have grown to love these two ladies. They remind me of my grandmother. They are sweet and thoughtful, always with big smiles when they see us at the door. It is hard for them to keep up with the yard work. Having to mow, and dealing with weeds, painting etc. I have introduced the young men that I home teach to these ladies. Now they mow the yards, provide muscle for painting and pulling weeds etc. The young men are happy to serve, and often the ladies have some special treat like cookies or ice cream for them when they finish a project. I try to be an example of a good mormon at work. In the construction industry language is often coarse. Stories are mostly off color or have sexual overtones. It didn't take very long for those that work with me to recognize my disdain for that sort of thing. I didn't scold, or tell them how bad they were. I just tried to avoid those situations. When I am asked why, I tell them that I don't feel it's appropriate. They respect me for standing up for and trying to live my religion, and often have questions about the church. I enjoy working with them. I try to make people feel good about themselves. It's easy to smile or say hello and make a positive comment. They notice the difference. It makes them smile to know they are important to me.