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Hi I'm Bob

I’m a husband, a father, a grandfather, an engineer; I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Maryland, but grew up in Southern California. I was fortunate enough to serve a two-year mission for the Church in South America where I met many wonderful people. Subsequently, I graduated from college in physics, and went on to graduate school. There, I earned a Masters Degree, and met a wonderful girl, a convert to the Church, who agreed to become my wife. We were married in 1975, and have now been happily married for 36 years. We have been blessed with 5 fantastic children, and (soon to be) 11 beautiful grandchildren. We lived in Southern California for 10 years, and have now lived in Washington State for the past 25 years. My professional career has been in science and engineering, primarily in the field of optics. Above all, I enjoy my family (They are my joy!). I also enjoy doing genealogical research, bicycling, hiking, and backyard stargazing.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know it is from God. The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Priesthood Authority as described by Joseph Smith is real. The teachings of the Church are true and are the bedrock that my wife and I have built our family on. There are no guarantees in this life. We have been fortunate in our children embracing these same convictions in their own lives and homes. The results are peace, fulfillment, and happiness in the family where it matters most, along with faith to overcome adversity as it comes.

How I live my faith

I was baptized a member of the Mormon Church as a child, and raised in the Church. However, as anyone, I had to discover faith in Jesus Christ for myself. For me, faith didn’t happen as a result of a single experience. Rather, as I read and studied the scriptures over the years, the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and tried to do God’s will, I have come to know that God is real, that he hears my prayers, and answers them for my good. As I submit my will to His and do the best I can where I am, he has led me on a path of happiness, fulfillment, and personal growth. Life is not without its challenges. But, my faith in Jesus Christ and His plan for me is an anchor of hope in the storms of life. My wife and I were married in a Temple of the Church by one with authority to marry us for time and eternity, a marriage relationship that continues beyond this life. The importance of this reality became foremost in the fall of 2008 when I found myself on a gurney headed for emergency open-heart surgery. I had to tell my wife and daughter goodbye knowing that I might not see them again in this life. My faith in the Lord and His plan was an incredible source of hope and comfort, knowing that whatever the outcome, my family would be together in the future. Thanks be to God, I survived and have recovered in large measure. I have made adjustments in my life to accommodate the new realities of my health. But, I am thankful everyday for the gift of life, for time with my family, and the opportunity to be of some service to others.