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Hi I'm Robin

I live in Mesa, Arizona. I'm a mother and grandmother, and I work with Mentally Challenged adults. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from a small family, my parents divorced when I was 8 and my two brothers and I lived between our parents' homes in so. California. My dad was an engineer in the Aerospace industry, my mother was a social worker. We were not a religious family. My sweet husband and I have been married 38 years and have raised 4 daughters, and now have 6 grandchildren living nearby. He writes medical software and I have a wonderfully fun job, working with mentally challenged adults. I get to take them to karaoke at the ARC, to movies and museums, and to Special Olympics events. I enjoy singing in the church choir, gardening, trying to learn piano, and doing family genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in 16 I began babysitting for my 'wacky Mormon' Spanish teacher, and learning a little about his strange religion. I was amazed and intrigued when he would relate about celebrating New Year's without any alcohol. Or about occasional family activities with his church. His wife and he invited me to attend church meetings with them, as well as the youth meetings during the week. There I learned how many of my classmates were also Mormons. I began studying with the missionaries, to learn about what they believed. My preconceived ideas of them, based solely on things my parents had said when we'd taken family vacations up in Utah, were totally untrue. Members of this 'wacky' church were actually quite average people, who drove cars and had working kitchens, and television in the family room. We began with the origins of the Church, with the story Joseph Smith told of praying to find out which of the many churches was true, and being visited by God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ. Instead of this sounding far-fetched to me, it rang entirely true and I simply accepted it immediately. My feeling was, "YES, that is correct. Tell me more!" I also began attending other churches in town because my stepmother did NOT approve of my choosing the Mormon Church. I attended the Presbyterian church with her, since she'd gone to as a teen. I attended the Baptist church with my boyfriend and his family, but he confessed he actually didn't believe what they taught, he wished he could join the Mormon Church. And when I attended the Methodist Church with my best friend, I remember the distinct feeling that I was spinning my wheels, that I had already been in the true church. When I expressed my desire to be baptised, my parents weren't excited, but they said okay. 40 years later I have never once regretted that decision. My knowlege of and faith in my saviour, Jesus Christ, have increased tremendously. I know He is the head of this Church.

How I live my faith

My job allows me to spend time with my Special Needs friends in social settings, and they remind us all of the sweetest things of life. They are accepting, kind, patient, easy to forgive, and quick to serve. They help me to try myself to be all those things. Attending worship services and teaching Sunday school classes help me to learn more about what God wants for us. I've come to understand He wants us to succeed and be happy, and most especially to serve others and help THEM to become better people, to hopefully get closer to their Lord and develope a personal relationship with Him. My favorite time of day is early morning, before the day begins. I say my personal prayers and then spend some time studying the scriptures. I feel a daily practice of this helps me better hear the still, small voice of the Spirit trying to teach me, to help me be more like our Saviour. I am humbled and grateful he would voluntarily give his life. and atone for our sins, so that we might have opportunity to return to our Father. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3 At surprising times and in undeniable ways, God has made it clear to me that his Gospel has been restored to the earth, that he speaks to a prophet today in Thomas S Monson, and that Jesus Christ is at the head of this church. The Spirit has confirmed this to me MANY times and I shall never be able to deny the things taught to me by the Spirit. I try to convey to others that we are all children of our Heavenly Father, that He knows us, He cares about our welfare, He wants us to succeed, and He wants us to return to live with him again when we are done with this earth life. He has a plan for us all here on the earth, and if we develop a relationship with God, we will be able to overcome the hardships and sadness that can be a part of earth life.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are separate individuals. Jesus came from the Father’s presence, and will return to Him “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” John 17:5 “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world, and go to the Father.” John 16:27-28 The Father has his own shape and his own voice. - “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape” John 5:37 “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matt 3:17 Christ came to teach us his FATHER’s doctrine - “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:16 Christ and the Father have separate wills. “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me ” John 6:38 Christ obeys his Father: John 14:31 “But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.” Christ and the Father know separate things: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." He prays to the Father “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” John 14:16 Show more Show less