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Hi I'm Rob

I come from Maryland, am a former Marine, and lived in England for almost eight years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost I identify myself as a husband and father. Whether or not I'm good at either is debatable. Been married to a wonderful woman for 27 years so far and crossing my fingers for another 27 or so. I've been LDS all my life. I lost my mother to cancer when I was 15 years old, had subsequent issues/trials that found me as a high school senior midway through the school year in my older brother's home across the state. I owe him my sanity. I turned to academics as a survival tactic, went to college for a year, and then served a mission for my God, my church, and myself. I earned only enough to pay half my mission expenses; the other half was graciously provided by families, children, and the priesthood quorum and group in the branch who adopted me. Having been a burden for too long for me to bear, I (being unskilled and somewhat useless) enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and stayed there for just shy of twelve years (11 yrs 10 mos 28 days...give or take). I enjoy music, singing, reading, and thinking. I love the New Testament and Book of Mormon. Have I said that I love my family, yet? I do.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon. Hmm. Well, it ~is~ the church of my youth. But, why have I stayed a member? There have certainly been times it may have been easier to chuck it all in. But I have never seriously considered that as an option, because God is real, is there, is approachable, and has touched my life personally, intimately. So, how could I turn to Him my back? I've come to know Him through the scriptures, through His Son's teachings/example/ministration, through prayer, and through the Holy Ghost. That anyone can develop a relationship with Him is marvelous. That He cares about me (and you) is nearly incomprehensible, but true nonetheless. His love is awesome in its capacity and scope and wonderful in its ability to focus on me, just one of billions. He is not a God of myth or history, but is a living God with a living Son. He has given his power (a priesthood) to men on earth in times past and continues to do so. He is not mute; He speaks through a prophet today. Why not? Why should we/would we limit Him? Did He somehow become less capable? I don't think so. If you don't believe me, ask Him.

How I live my faith

I just try to do good. I am not so great at it. There are a lot better people than I of all faiths and agnostics. That helps me to go on and try harder. So many people are such good examples of goodness. Surely I can be so. I believe that to be a disciple of Christ, I must show discipline and be willing to be governed. So, pretty much, I try to do what I'm told...but I'm kind of stubborn. I generally have to see the end before I begin. I am trying to be more humble, less stiff necked. With my wife, I teach a class of 10-year olds on Sundays and periodically teach the "old guys". There is a great difference in the attitudes of each class. The youth look eager for a while, bored for a little while longer, and resigned for the rest of the time. I can readily see when I've lost them. The "old guys" generally start out resigned, bored a while longer, and then eager right before we end class. I try to develop my talents. I feel that that is "living my faith." I sing in a local chorale. I take voice lessons from a very talented singer and teacher. I have done some very amateur acting and enjoy just "being a part of it." All in an effort to contribute, somehow, to improving someone else's day or hour, even.