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Hi I'm Bob

I'm a Mormon because it brings peace to my life. I know where I came from , why I am here and where I will go when I die.

About Me

I graduated in Accounting and Mathematical Statistics from the University of Washington in 1950. It is important to me that things are logical and make sense. I was CEO of a moderate sized Life and Annuity Company for 20 years. My greatest enjoyment came from helping people work together. This was especially important when 22 above me were indicted for fraud.

Why I am a Mormon

Although most of my ancestors for 6 generations belonged to the Church, I had to find out for myself that it was true. I became inactive when I was in the Service and had to find my way back. My testimony and belief in the Church starts with knowing that a young uneducated man, Jospeh Smith, whose wife said he couldn't write a complete sentence, produced the Book of Mormon in 1830. Not only was it impossible for him to be the author, but there was no one that he knew who could have written it. Since there is no other explanation (logic is the beginning of my belief) I accept that he did it thru the power of God. With that acceptance it was logical for me to accept him as a Prophet of God. God gave revelations to man for 4,000 years which we call the Old Testament. He gave revelations thru his Apostles for 60 years which we call the New Testament. We need His instruction today as much as any of those people. There is no logical reason for Him to stop talking to His children now. He is no "respecter of persons" and I know He loves all of us today as much as He loved all of His past children. Therfore I know that He has given us a Prophet who lives on earth today.

How I live my faith

My greatest satisfaction is the Service I can be to others. Not surprisingly that Service has given me rewards with immeasurable value. For example we served in Toronto Canada for 18 months in Church Public Affairs. In addition to making many wonderful Canadian friends (who are still friends today) we assisted in producing a DVD about Joseph Smith's mission to Canada. Later we were able to serve in Salt Lake City in the Family History (Genealogy) Library. When we started we only knew our parents and grandparents. I now have 23,000 ancestors listed and my wife has 13,000. We were able to do this while helping beginners who came to the Library to find their ancestors. The excitement they exhibited when they found them included both shouts and tears. Everyone in the Church has a chance to serve. You may be a teacher of any age student, or an organization officer for Young Men, Young Women, Young Children, Adult Men and Adult Women. I have been fortunate to serv in many of these positions in my life. My greatest joy came as I served as Bishop of a congreation of nearly 350 people. It was not a paid position and I continued to work as CEO of a Life Insurance Company. The hours were long as I carried out both positions, but the rewards were great.

Are Mormons Christians?

Bob
There are many definitions of what a "Christian" is. Roman Catholics have a definition as does the Eastern Orthodox denomination. Protestants have as many definitions as there are different denominations. I suggest that if we looked at the New Testament (written mainly by the Apostles), we would find a different set of beliefs than we would find after the Council of Nicea which took place under the direction the Emperor Constantine. The definitions began to splinter during the Reformation until there now may be 2,000 different definitions. To me the important elements of a Christian are: Do you except Jesus Christ as your Savior. Do you believe that He took upon Himself all the sins of the World in the Garden of Gethsemanee. Do you accept that He was crucified and was resurrected and rose again after 3 days. Do you accept Him as the Head of the Church and try to follow His teaching "Be ye perfect as I and my Father are perfect. More importantly do you love your "neighbor" as yourself. That is the true measure of a Christian. Show more Show less