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Hi I'm Rob

I love climbing mountains, riding motorcycles and spending time with family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid mountaineer and love spending time in the wilderness. Few things bring me more fulfillment than reaching the summit of a high peak after a hard, exhausting climb. I enjoy riding motorcycles -- I'm a college professor, so I usually have an opportunity to do a long ride each summer. And I am working toward a black belt in Shito Ryu karate, which helps me stay fit. I love engaging in the process of focusing one's mind and body consistently over time to achieve a goal. In a broader sense, that's an apt metaphor for life in general and what it takes to be successful in becoming a good person. I'm married to a smart, feisty woman and we have four great kids. As much as I enjoy the activities above, nothing can approach the joy of seeing one's children learn and grow and meet life's challenges in their own unique ways.

Why I am a Mormon

The center point of a faithful Mormon's life is Jesus Christ and his gospel -- the overriding goal of members of this church is to become true disciples of Christ, to learn his gospel in its fullness and put those teachings into action. The effects of that are transformative -- and contagious! People are more willing to help one another. They are kinder, more respectful, more generous and much happier. The world needs more service, more kindness, more love and more joy. And the church is the most efficient catalyst I've found for developing and promoting those qualities. So what's not to like?

How I live my faith

I volunteer at my church to teach an early morning religion class for high school students. These students get up in the wee hours of the morning every school day to be at our church by 6:30 a.m., where we sing hymns, read scriptures, discuss doctrine and have a great time learning and growing together. Their dedication and commitment amazes me -- it really is a privilege to be part of their lives and see what a powerful force for good they are. I have great hope for our future.