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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in a town settled by my ancestors at the direction of Brigham Young. They followed the prophet; me too. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by wonderful parents in the small Arizona community settled by my ancestors. I am the second of ten children; my Father was a teacher, Mother too until I came along. Being part of a large family was a great experience. Mom and Dad set an example by living the gospel and through their dedication to serving others. We read scriptures at 6:00 each morning, then practiced instruments, cared for the animals and had a sit-down breakfast. I got to wash dishes, sweep the floor, change diapers and milk the family cow from age 8 until I left for college. I learned about farming, gardening and irrigating, keeping animals and hoeing weeds. I helped my Father build barns and houses. After a year of college I was called by a Prophet of God to serve a mission in Ecuador. Besides learning Spanish and gaining confidence in myself, my testimony grew and I developed a deep love for my Savior. I learned to love the people I taught and to teach by following the Spirit. I returned home to finish a degree at ASU and then graduate school at Northwestern. I worked 23 years with Motorola in HR and Purchasing; then left to work for myself. I searched diligently for 13 years to find a wife and finally married a most beautiful, talented and faithful girl. The Lord has blessed us in many ways, including 5 wonderful children. My life today centers around my family and my testimony of The Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that the Lord guides His church, and He guides me when I follow His teachings. My parents and grandparents, and some before that, gave me a heritage in the Church. As Abraham, I found that “there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me …” by keeping the commandments, studying the scriptures each day, and staying close to my Savior as my fathers did before me. I did not marry as soon as I had expected. In some ways it was frustrating to be doing everything I could to find a wife, and not find one, but I always knew that it would work out if I persisted. I knew guys who had not married as soon as they hoped. I used to think they were old! But I was older than any of them before I found my love. When my future wife and I went dancing on a blind date, things felt right. Later, the Spirit confirmed that we could have an eternal relationship. We were married in the temple for time and eternity. She was more than I had ever hoped for. I know that the Lord prepared us for each other. Since my marriage I have served in many callings, been to many places, had a few challenges, and continued to do the things that help me stay close to my sweetheart and my Savior. To me, being a Latter-Day Saint means hope in face of adversity, confidence in spite of challenges, and true joy as I serve Him and His children. Otherwise, life would be so different. I'm a Mormon because I love my Heavenly Father and am humbled and grateful for His guidance and comfort. I'm a Mormon because I know it's true!

How I live my faith

My Church callings have given me the opportunity to learn and share in a variety of teaching and leadership positions. My current callings are High Councilor and Eleven-Year-Old Scout Leader. I have served as a bishop, also as branch president in Spanish language branches. I have been a teacher for various age groups and early morning seminary students, and a leader in young men and priesthood organizations. Scouting has been rewarding as I have taught young men about knots and camping and life. I enjoy outdoor activities and the modern challenge of luring boys away from their TVs and video games to go camping and fishing. I am frequently grateful for all the scouting I learned from my Father. I taught early morning seminary several times. I had to study to learn the scriptures and present them so the high school students would be interested. I saw testimonies grow and felt the Savior’s guidance in the lessons and in my own life. I have the privilege of home teaching a number of wonderful families. Sometimes it's just a short visit; other times it is having them in our home for home evening or dinner, or taking them eggs or a loaf of bread. And I learn so much from them. I love the times I have been asked to teach in the Primary. Once I had 23 little 3 year-olds in a classroom. Sometimes I get to play the piano or lead singing. In the community I help the school board, the soccer club, and other activities. I have coached youth teams in baseball, soccer and basketball. This year I helped lead a citizen's effort to pass a bond election for the school district. One of my favorite activities is to play in a 50 piece band in my home town to celebrate the 4th of July. I play the trombone with my cousins and friends as we serenade the town from flat-bed trucks at 5:00 in the morning. It keeps me in touch with my family and rich heritage in the gospel and a free country.