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Hi I'm Robert

I'm from Canada. I live in Arizona. I met my wife in the Ukraine. I teach Swedish school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family man through and through. I'm an Network Administrator. I'm a scouter. I love running, swimming and biking. I love reading. I love learning. I have diabetes. I have five children (one who died from the effects of hydranencephaly after living almost eight years ) and two exchange students. I teach Swedish. I'm learning to scuba dive and love it.

Why I am a Mormon

Nothing explains and satisfies my desires for understanding my existance more than the teachings of my church. I have had experience after experience validating my believes and way of life and have had my own personal witness that the path I am following is right. I've listened to and researched other churches while I've been a member. Not because I don't beleive my faith, but because I want to understand other faiths. Ultimately, I beleive it is not the church that makes who you are, but your relationship to God. As you deepen your relationship with him, you will find the only path that is guaranteed to take you back to him and you will find a group of others on the same path and there you will find His church.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, my faith helps me live. It provides the support I need as I raise my young children to become intelligent and useful in this world. However, in order to fully receive the value of my faith, I need to be the example I want my children to become. That is useful to the world. I am responsible for the young men in my ward. This calling has become the most dearest to my heart of all the other responsibilities I've had in the church. I care so much for young people as they are going through the most important years of their life. They are forming the very foundation of the rest of their lives and as they are learning to not only know what to do, but as they are given the ability to act as adults act. Because of this responsibility, I have become a scout leader as we are using the values and character development that comes from the scouting program to enforce proper values for their choices in their day to day lives. Working with the young men takes a large chunk of my live as does supporting and raising a family of 7.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Robert
There once was a story of a man in the depression who had no work. He saw a row of workers, picked up shovel and started working along side them. When the foreman noticed this addition, he explained to the man that he wasn't hiring. The response was, "at this point, I don't care about the pay, I just need to work." He was found a position on the team. I beleive that this trait is disappearing among mankind as we are being given everything necessary to live with no expectation in return. Even then, we don't appreciate the things we are given and learn to ask for more, much of which is useless. Welfare to me, is a lot like the quote, "the harder I work, the luckier I get!" As we work, we receive welfare. The Lord blesses us with the things we need. Acquaintences around us pitch in to help us fill those things we can't. We learn to live without those things we don't need. We find ways to fill the needs of others. When we can't work physically, we learn to contribute in other ways. One lady I know, can't get out of the house. She deserves more welfare and attending to then I do. However, she almost forced me to let her iron my shirts when my wife was on bedrest and I was busy attending to my family and other committments. I found that although I could do the ironing myself, it cleared up time to serve other families with things only I could provide. This close knit service system is how I beleive the welfare system really works best. Show more Show less