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Hi I'm Bob Vernon

I live in Colorado and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Texas, graduated high school in Rhode Island, served in the military, used the GI Bill towards a college education and accumulated over 30 years in the aerospace industry. I enjoy backpacking, fishing, bicycling, running, music, road trips, history, family genealogy and being with my wife and family. I read for information vs. reading for a story and would rather watch the movie than read the book, e.g Ann of Green Gables, Ken Burns series on the Civil War. I'll maintain my car, paint a room, trim a tree, maintain the yard to avoid paying someone else to do it; I enjoy gardening when I have time. Our children are grown and live nearby.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a protestant home and attended church weekly. Yet, while in the military and before marriage, I lived a carefree life, although I occasionally read the Bible. I had little responsibility and would frequently party with friends and listen to music. I felt adrift, no clear purpose or direction in my life. After I married, I still had a year left in the military. A sense of responsiblity grew within me, the party life became less satisfying and I felt a yearning to understand life's purpose. A song titled "What's it all about, Alfie?" summarize my feelings. While visiting my parents, I went to church and felt a desire to know God. I studied to understand the path to take but did not obtain a clear understanding. I wanted a meaningful relationship with God, as I had read in the Bible, but didn't know how. After returning home, my lifestyle resorted back to where I left it. I hadn't found a reason to change and so I didn't. While at work, I happened on a LDS church member who showed me the Church's Thirteen Articles of Faith. I was greatly impressed over the conciseness and clarity of the beliefs. Many discussions ensued leading to the Missionary's teaching my wife and I and our reading of the Book of Mormon. Our studies became individual efforts and it was during my reading of the Book of Mormon, I prayed to know how to be aligned with the followers of God when I read "the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water" (2 Nephi 31:17). Upon reading this verse, an overwhelming feeling of joy & happiness began within my heart and radiated throughout my entire being. I shared my experience with the Missionaries who explained I received a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I continued to pray and read wanting again to receive that same experience. It occurred the 2nd time in Alma 32. I now knew the path to follow and have often received strength throughout my life from these and many other experiences.

How I live my faith

After more than 30 years since my wife and I were Baptized, I am more excited today about being a member of the Lord's Church than I was when I first received a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Over the years I served in various positions such as: Sunday school teacher, Scoutmaster, Ward and Stake Missionary; Public Relations, Activity Committee; various Ward and Stake leadership positions. As I serve, I feel I am helping the Lord to build up His Church here on earth and feel closer to Him in the process. It is similar to what is prayed for in the "Lord's Prayer" where it says "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven". Serving in the Lord's Church provides a feeling that I am helping towards that end. I perform family research to identify my ancestors and perform Temple work in their behalf to fulfill promises to them who established my lineage and contributed to my blessings of freedom in this country. I am excited to share principals and teachings of the Church with friends. I never tire in talking about the Church and its beautiful doctrines that reveal the loving plan of salvation or truly the plan of happiness. Today, I am at peace in spite of growing world turmoil’s and financial uncertainty. I work hard to tend my family needs, to be self-sufficient through food storage, financial savings and to get out of debt. I strive to do all I can and have faith where the Lord will make up the difference where I'm in need. I live during a time of great blessing as evidence through the great medical & technological advances and for the free society as governed through the constitution of the land. I look forward with hope and anticipation to the second coming of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in all His glory and power and feel assured that He is in control of His plan of love, peace and freedom.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Bob Vernon
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is a type of reconciliation between man and his God. However, the word reconciliation falls short in capturing the essence of what the savior’s great sacrifice actually accomplished, which is the reuniting of man's physical body with his spirit and man with his God. The atonement broke down the barriers that prevent us from being with our God. It literally means at-one-ment meaning being “at one” with God which is why the word reconcile falls short. You can be reconciled or brought to terms in various ways but not necessarily brought back into the presence of God. What is the atonement of Jesus Christ? It is His sacrificial offering that began in the Garden of Gethsemane and concluded on the cross at Golgotha. The atonement was necessary to satisfy the broken laws of God caused through the Fall of Adam & Eve and caused by each and every soul that has ever lived or will yet live upon this earth. The slightest infraction by an individual of the laws of God, which is referred to as sin, requires a punishment to answer the demands of justice associated with that broken law for God “cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance” (D&C 1:31). The atoning sacrifice performed by the Son of God satisfied the demands of justice and made mercy available for all who repent of their sins and keep the commandments of God. Otherwise, that individual will not be allowed to reunite with his God which is called Eternal Life, the greatest gift of God. Show more Show less