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Hi I'm Bob Selover

I grew up in New Jersey where my family was introduced to the Church through the missionaries. I'm a shop teacher and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New Jersey, went to Idaho to attend college, and have lived in the west ever since. After serving a mission, I went to Brigham Young University where I earned a bachelor's degree in education. I also met my wife there. We courted for six weeks before becoming engaged (my mom thought I was crazy.) We were married in the Salt Lake temple in 1979. Our first teaching job took us to southern Idaho, where I taught junior high for three years, and my wife worked as a nurse. Then we moved to Arizona where I still teach. I continued my education at BYU, obtaining a Master's degree from there and another in Educational Administration from ASU. We are parents of three and grandparents of one.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church through the missionaries when I was a teenager living in New Jersey. Even though the Spirit confirmed to me that it was true, I didn't join out of fear. My Mom joined, and found out about Ricks College, a Church-sponsored college in southern Idaho. She said if I wanted to go, I could take her car. I went to Ricks, where I met lots of great people with high ideals. I decided I wanted to be like them, so I took the missionary discussions again, and was baptized. A year later, as my peers were heading into the mission field, I wanted to serve as well. I was called to the Switzerland-Geneve Mission, and served from 1976-78. As a new missionary, I undertook a serious effort to fill in the gaps in my testimony. Through study and pondering, I gained a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I learned for myself that his account was true.

How I live my faith

Since I joined the Church, I have had opportunities to serve in many callings. My wife and I have served as missionaries, Sunday School teachers, and with the young men and young women's organizations. I worked with the Boy Scouts for several years, which was personally satisfying because of the great memories I had being a Boy Scout. I wasn't much for advancement, but we had many great campouts and summer camp experiences. I've served as a counselor in a bishopric, and as bishop for five years. Currently we are assiged to work with a Native American ward. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how the cultural diversity of different tribes blends with their shared faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since the Book of Mormon is the religious history of their ancestors, it gives my wife and I an additional witness that it is true, and that the promises within it for our day are coming to pass. I love how much becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has improved my life. I was first invited to repent and be baptized, and then continue in service and committment to conform my life to Christian principles. I love my wife and children, and try each day to be the best I can be. That is what I feel the Savior meant when he invited his disciples to "Come, follow me."