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Hi I'm Rob

I am an optometrist(eye doctor). I play the bagpipes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah but moved to Oklahoma soon after. I was raised in a small town and some of my favorite activities included karate classes, basketball, Boy Scouts, and the Church youth group. I went to a year of college before serving a Spanish-speaking mission for two years. I met my wife playing tennis in college and we have been married now for 11 years and have 4 beautiful children. It wasn't until after I had been married for about a year that I decided to go to Optometry School. I had visited the local optometrist many times for glasses and contacts and it seemed like a good family-friendly profession. Now I have been practicing optometry for over 5 years and recently opened my own office. When I am not working at the new office or spending time with the family, I enjoy practicing the bagpipes. My grandmother was born and raised in Scotland and my father started playing the bagpipes a few years before I bought my own set of pipes. I play "gigs" with a local bagpipe and drum band as often as possible. Some of my other hobbies include art, road and mountain biking, gardening, and playing guitar.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture. I was raised in the Mormon church but there came a time as a teenager that I had to decide if what I was being taught was something that I believed. Was it true or not? I had to find out for myself. I remember reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon and having very distinct, strong feelings of confirmation that what I was reading came from God. When I would listen to the Prophet and the Apostles speak there was a power to their teachings that I could not deny. I have had many answers to prayers as I earnestly sought for help with important decision in my life. I truly feel like I have been guided and blessed for decisions that I have made to follow the teachings of modern day Prophets. Now that I have a family, it seems even more important to me that we have men that communicate the Word of God to us and help guide us through this troubled world. I am so thankful to know that God, our Creator and Heavenly Father, is watching over us and wants us to be happy and to overcome our trials. He wants us to succeed and become better. He has given us so many things to help us on our journey here on earth- scriptures, prophets, the Holy Ghost, parents, good friends. I am so happy to me a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to live my faith throughout my life. Service to others is a very important teaching in the Mormon Church. We serve each other because we are all really brothers and sisters with the same Heavenly Father- God or our Creator. The importance of loving and serving the immediate family was something taught to me when I was a child. My wife and I try to pass that same teaching onto our children. Our goal is to make the home a refuge from the bad influences of the world and a place where they want to be. Serving others in the Church and outside of the Church has also been a very important part of my life. As a Boy Scout I was involved in many community service projects. I was a missionary for 2 years and worked with the Hispanic Community helping both members of the Church and those who were not members. I have been on 3 trips to Mexico and Central America to perform eye exams and bring used eye glasses to those in need in those areas. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to teach both youth and adults in the Church. I have been involved in feeding the less fortunate in local shelters and packaging food for a community food bank to be given to families in the area. I have found that when I am focusing more on other people, my own problems and trials seem smaller and are more manageable. All of these experiences help me be more humble, more loving, and more Christ-like.