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Hi I'm Robert.

I grew up in Southern California. I'm a civil rights lawyer living in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 26 years to my wife, Diana. She and I both grew up in Southern California, and went to the same high school (although I didn't get to know her until after I finished my college degree). Before I met my wife, I was a missionary in Japan from 1978-1980. I learned how to speak Japanese, and loved living in Japan. I didn't think I would like Japanese food, but I learned to love Japanese cuisine and have since introduced it to my family.....we regularly eat sushi! My wife and I also love to eat middle eastern food, and often go to restaurants that serve the cuisine of Lebanon, Iraq and Greece. Learning the Japanese language sparked my passion for learning foreign languages. After spending six years studying Spanish, I have been studying Hebrew for the last ten years. Because I have a busy law practice, I don't have time to go to school, and have been studying Hebrew on my own. My goal is to be fluent enough to be able to read the Bible entirely in Hebrew. My next language will be Farsi. My favorite past time is fishing and spending time outdoors with my family. My sons, brother-in-law, and son-in-law have joined me in my annual quest to catch a blue fin tuna. I haven't caught one yet, but there's always next summer! I love the beach, and try to get there as often as I can. My favorite beach in the world is Kamaole Beach on Maui, but Seal Beach in Southern California is a close second.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where my father was not a Mormon and not active in any religion (although he had been raised a Presbyterian). As a young boy, I often wondered why my father wasn't with me and the rest of my family on Sundays. However, my father was supportive of me, and when I told him I wanted to be a missionary, he told me to do the best I could and to serve the Lord. I appreciated receiving this counsel from my father, and I followed it on my mission. It was in Japan that I saw the blessings that being a Mormon bring to families. I saw families praying together, going to church together, and reading the scriptures together. These families were close, and I wanted that for my own family. I love the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Savior's entire life was about love -- love for God and love for our fellow man. The Atonement of Jesus Christ, in which He took upon himself the sins, pains, and sicknesses of everyone who has ever lived or who will yet live, and through which He made it possible for everyone who has faith in Him and follows Him to be forgiven of their sins, is the center of my life. I thank God, the Father of Jesus Christ, every day for sending His Son to save me. I know that I am imperfect, and I know that I have much to learn in following my Savior, but I have hope for the future -- in this life and the next -- because of my Savior. I love Him, and I want to be obedient to His commandments. I try to do that everyday. And when I make mistakes, I have great peace in the knowledge that God has provided His Son to bring me back to Him if I will but have faith in His Son and repent of my sins. I have discovered for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple and beautiful: if we try to keep the commandments with all our hearts, then God will, through His Son, bless us, forgive us, and provide us with joy and hope in this life.

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon. I have learned over the years that happiness comes from serving and helping others. Being a Mormon has provided me that opportunity. As a full-time missionary, I was able to dedicate my life for two years to teaching the people of Japan about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Since returning from Japan, I have been able to work closely with young men and women who are trying to pattern their lives after the Savior. I have taught early morning classes (starting at 6:00 a.m.) where youth age 14-18 came to learn about Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I have worked with young boys age 12-18 who were preparing themselves to some day be missionaries, and I have been grateful as I've watched many of these young men grow up, serve full-time missions, and then return from their missions, get married, and start a family of their own. I know that the greatest service I can give to my fellow man is in my own home. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife and four children (and one grandchild) who have blessed our lives every day. My wife and I made a decision early in our marriage to teach our children to read the scriptures, to pray, to love each other, and to love their fellow man. As a family, we have regularly read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon every morning, prayed together as a family, attended church, and tried to keep the commandments. We certainly weren't perfect in our efforts, but as we tried to do our best, there has been a peace and happiness in our home that literally made our home into a little bit of heaven on earth.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are amazing! My wife is every bit my equal --- I often tell her and others that she is "my better half" --- and I do everything I can to make her feel that way. My wife is intelligent, beautiful, kind, spiritual, educated, and quick to look for opportunities to serve others. I love how the Mormon church has given her so many opportunities to serve in leadership positions working with adult women, young women, and young children. My wife and I counsel together on every aspect of our home life, including raising the children, finances, shopping, education for ourselves and the children, and recreation. I have marveled as my wife has immersed herself in our children's education, helping our children to develop positive values and good habits, educating herself about food, nutrition and health, and teaching me and the children how to be disciplined (yes, she has even taught me to clean the dishes and make the bed!). I am grateful for the fundamental belief in the Mormon church that men and women are equal, and I am grateful that I have been so blessed to be married to my dear wife, who I consider an angel on earth. Show more Show less