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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in Colorado. I write poetry. I play with my son. I play D&D. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I should have gone to school much earlier in my life. Still, being a 41 year-old student working on my BS in science now beats never working towards that goal at all. If I can teach my son anything in this life, it is to get his education early so that he can spend his life making his mark on the world. Is that mark to be rich and famous? Fame and fortune are fine goals, but they do not mean much if a person is not happy in the beginning. I did not decide to complete my degree because I feel like something is missing, or I cannot pursue my career without it. I pursue a degree to round out myself and set an example for my son.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not always a Mormon. For a time in my early twenties I practiced Buddhism. One day one of my Buddhist teachers once asked me how I chanted. I told him that I tried to chant every day, but some days were harder than others. An honest answer, which is what I thought he wanted. He nodded briefly, harrumphed, and then came out with a remark that has stuck with me for 20 years. “You must just ignore the distractions of the world and chant. Otherwise you are living a half-hearted religion, and not true Buddhism. You are, now a Judeo-Christian Buddhist.” That was some time ago, 20 years, and my religious life has come full circle. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I know that God’s Plan of Salvation is based on cause and effect: “what we sow, so also shall we reap.” I know that our spirits are eternal, and that this life is just the mortal portion of our existence. I know that God chose Abraham and his family to bless the world…not just to receive blessings that no one else could enjoy. I am a descendant of Ephraim (the grandson of Israel himself) and thus a part of God’s chosen people. I strive to keep the 10 commandments. I keep the Word of Wisdom by abstaining from tea, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs while eating small portions of meat, grains, vegetables, and fruits in their seasons. I am baptized. I pray. I read the scriptures and seek guidance from the Holy Ghost. I pay to heed the words of the prophets. I serve others whenever and wherever I can. A good Mormon is the best Judeo-Christian Buddhist around.

How I live my faith

I am a Mormon by choice. Even though I was baptized at eight years-old and raised in the church, I choose every day of my life to be a Mormon. Every day I choose the language that I use, the music that I listen to, and the movies that I watch. Each choice I make can affect not only how others see me, but how I feel on a spiritual level. I think about the promises that I have made to my God in every decision that I make.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

It would be a sad world if Mormons only helped other Mormons. I know that our church has helped people all over the world. We help any person in need, so long as their government allows us in to help them. On a more personal level, I cannot tell if a man on the side of the road is a member of my church, but that will not stop me from rendering assistance when I can. Show more Show less