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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in western New York, taught science classes in public schools for three years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

We are parents of 8: 7 girls; and Grandparents of 8, 4 girls (so far!). My wife and I will celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary next year. I retired from teaching after 37 years, three in public schools and 34 in the LDS (Mormon) educational system. We sailed a 26' MacGregor sailboat in western Washington for several years, a hobby I enjoyed until the physical demands became too great. I've always enjoyed reading fiction, usually adventure stories and mysteries. I recently earned my Ham radio Technician license. I enjoy target shooting pistol, rifle and shotgun. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed teaching for three years in New Zealand and another three years in Hawaii. We had our younger daughters with us in both places, two daughters were born in New Zealand.

Why I am a Mormon

A young woman I very much respected encouraged me to invite missionaries to my apartment and learn more about what she believed. During the first meeting with these young men, not much older than my own students at school, I was deeply impressed by their humble dedication. I was embarrassed that although I had earned a Master's degree, I was very ignorant about topics they were very knowledgeable about and comfortable with. Also, I worried a bit that because I knew so little I had no way of knowing whether I was being given a biased interpretation of the Bible. I scrambled to learn for myself, only to find that most materials telling the "truth" about Mormons were really just thinly disguised rants. I continued my meetings with the missionaries. By the time they taught me about the Word of Wisdom, I was a willing and eager student. When they encouraged me to obey the Word of Wisdom, I realized this was a test for myself. I prayed with a real desire for help to stop smoking and drinking "adult" beverages. The very next day I realized those appetites were gone--and they never returned. It was a miracle. I bear humble testimony that the Lord very kindly answered my heartfelt prayer by taking those desires from me. I had tried unsuccessfully to stop smoking an drinking several times, once for more than a year, only to revert to those habits. That they were taken from me, was the gift of a miracle on my behalf.. I've felt the sweet influence of the Lord in my life many times since. I'm grateful for the young woman who encouraged me to learn. I learned where I came from, who I really am and what my future will be if I am true to what I know. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and I love the Restored Gospel.

How I live my faith

I'm now serving a mission for the Church with my wife and youngest daughter. We are Recreation Property Missionaries, which means we manage a Church campground. We are responsible, with another missionary couple, for maintaining a 66-acre property, registering and keeping track of LDS Young Women groups who come to the camp for a week. As a family, we're pretty consistent at reading a chapter a day in the Standard Works. We've recently finished the Book of Luke and Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament and we're reading the Book of Mormon (again!). We pray as a family morning and evening. As I go through my day, the beauty that surrounds me often brings a prayer of gratitude to my heart. We often hand out Pass-along Cards when we are out and about. I am grateful for the privilege of paying tithing. We fast once a month and contribute the money we don't spend on meals as a Fast Offering. We attend Church faithfully; we really enjoy meeting with the Saints! We each have researched our ancestors and so far have gotten back several generations on some of our family lines. Where we have enough information, we've taken names of ancestors to the Holy Temple to perform ordinances on their behalf. These temple visits have been wonderful spiritual experiences for us.