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Hi I'm Bob

I play the ukulele, I love baseball, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pretty average guy. I just got married to my beautiful bride in February, and we moved from Washington to sunny Arizona. I work for a local sports retailer in their main warehouse, shipping out boxes of hats, jerseys, and T-shirts to our stores to sell to the local sports fanatics. I love baseball. I could spend hours telling you in great detail why it is the greatest sport ever invented, but in a nutshell, I feel it is a great metaphor to life. There is something very real to me about a game that involves teamwork, personal sacrifice, and the ultimate goal of getting home. We're all trying to get back home in some way. Sometimes, it is a desire to be with family, and in a spiritual sense, we are all trying to return to God someday, to be in His presence. I like to play the ukulele. I am self-taught and have been playing for almost 10 years now. I enjoy writing my own songs, or doing covers of songs that I enjoy. My favorite bands are They Might Be Giants, The Beatles, George Harrison, Reel Big Fish, Fountains of Wayne and Great Big Sea. I also enjoy doing live theatre on occasion, and most recently I played Benvolio in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Why I am a Mormon

I am not perfect. At times in my life, I have strayed from what I knew would ultimately make me happy. I didn't always obey my parents, or my leaders, or anybody in authority really. I wasn't a bad kid by any means, but it took me a long time to trust in authority because that trust was shattered by my Father when I was little. I realize now, with the help of my Heavenly Father, and the healing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ, that all mistrust and pain and sorrow that may have happened in my life, whether it was by my action or the action of others toward me, can be overcome. I can't say that I was converted to the church overnight. Rather, little by little, and day by day, my desire to know more about God and his plan of happiness, as well as obedience to his commandments, have brought me closer to him. I couldn't tell you what morning I woke up and knew that it was true, but I can tell you that no matter how far I have strayed from a good path, and no matter how much I mess up or make mistakes, that I know I have a Heavenly Father who loves me beyond my own comprehension and understanding. I know that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who loved me so much that he carried all my burdens and sorrows, sins and mistakes, hurts and pains, through the power of the atonement, and did so because of the love he has for me (and for all of us!) I know that is true, just as sure as I walk and breathe and see the sun rise each day.

How I live my faith

I am somewhat shy around new people, and I am terrible with remembering names at first, but I try to be as friendly and outgoing as my shyness will allow. I can get up in front of an audience and be on stage and not feel very nervous about it, and yet I still have problems with shyness when I meet new people. Perhaps someday the courage of being on stage will spill over into other areas of my life, but until then, I have good intentions to meet new people and introduce myself, even if I don't quite follow through.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Bob
Nope! We are asked to help everyone who is in need if we have something to offer, whether it be a talent, a skill, or even just the comfort of a friend. We are all God's children and he knows the needs of each of us. Sometimes he sends us in the path of others so that they can get the help they need, and sometimes he sends people into our path to get us the help we need. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Bob
Move all the televisions an computers in your house into a common room area. This prevents people from giving into temptation because most pornography habits start in the privacy of our own room. If we remove that temptation, it makes it a lot easier. Another good idea is to cut the cable television and get a subscription for online movie rentals, or purchase shows you like from TV on DVD. This way, you can control the content that is coming into your home, rather than having the television content control you. I also find it helpful if the common rooms in the house have pictures of Jesus Christ, and other spiritual things. This helps create a good environment that encourages good TV and internet viewing habits. Show more Show less