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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in the Western U.S. I'm VP of Corporate Communications and am battling a very rare LGL Leukemia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pretty normal, everyday person. I enjoy music, reading, writing, sports, politics and life. I currently head up the corporate communications department for a major corporation. I have an undergraduate degree in Communications and an MBA in marketing and am a former sportscaster and congressional press aide. I am also a trumpet player who has performed in marching bands, orchestras, jazz combos, and pop groups. While in college, I played in a 9-piece Chicago-style music group and a variety performing troupe. I was also a member of a public relations case study team that won the college national championship. For the last two years, I have battled a very rare auto-immune blood disorder called LGL Leukemia, which causes extreme anemia. There are less than 1,000 documented cases of this disease in the world, and no known cure. However, I have a strong faith that I will be alright. My family is very loving and supportive and are a great help with getting me through this challenge. I have received over 80 units of blood through IV transfusions in the past 21 months. It's tough, and the experience has changed my life. However, I have met some great people, including all the nurses and medical people, who are very helpful and positive. I call them true "angels." I am still able to work, and count that as a blessing. I have been married 33 years to a beautiful woman and we have one son, who is a joy to us. I love my wife and my faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family and lived a pretty normal life. I was a "good" person, but something happened to me during my seventeenth year while I was working a summer job in Hawaii. I had the opportunity to pick pineapples on the island of Molokai. This is where I learned much about myself...and for one of the first times in my life, I had to really stand up for my beliefs. I was challenged to live my religion daily. So, I turned to reading scriptures -- the Bible and Book of Mormon. The lessons that these books of scripture taught me were powerful. But it was the practical lessons I learned in the pineapple fields that solidified those teachings. I saw the converting power of the gospel, the healing power of prayer, and the persuasive power of love and service in action. While many of the experiences I had were very personal, they were faith promoting and I learned that God is real, that Jesus Christ lives and the Holy Ghost comforts, counsels and converts. I saw how people's changed for the better when the gospel touched their heart ... both those of other faiths and those who were less active, or not religious. The bottom line is that I felt better, more confident in my abilities and strengthened in my testimony of truth and the gospel. My outlook on life brightened and I had an intense desire to serve and help others. Two years later, I qualified to serve and was called to be a full-time missionary, where I participated in some incredible experiences. Since then, I have learned many other things through experiences with faith, service, perseverance and living the scriptures that have shaped my life and the lives of my family and friends. Hopefully, the wisdom I have gained can be motivation for others. I am just a regular guy trying to do his best who has come to know God and Jesus Christ are real. They love us and love us individually.

How I live my faith

I have been active in my church for many years, primarily serving the youth and young singles. It is a joy to see them grow, learn how to serve and help others and strengthen their own beliefs. In the community, I have served many years as an election judge and reach out to help others. One of the best, and most simple, things I do, is to try to live my beliefs each day by smiling, helping someone in need and being a good example of a disciple of Christ.