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Hi I'm Rob

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and Father of three. Of all the jobs and responsibilities I have this is my most cherished. My wife and I have been married for nearly 10 years and I'm blessed to be married to my best friend through this life. We have three beautiful children, a girl and two boys. They make us crazy sometimes, but they make us smile more. I'm a pediatric dentist. My wife and I have been through 10 years of school and three different states and then came home to where we were born and raised. I love my job! I love serving the community and being a part of helping these children be healthy and cope with often difficult situations in the dental office. It is a very rewarding profession. There are a lot of things I would love to do with my free time but since there is only so much you kind of have to choose your hobbies! I like to stay active, I compete in triathlons and other endurance events. Signing up for stuff gets me out of bed in the morning, and the races are fun for the whole family. I really enjoy spending time with the family, getting out doors and and watching as much football as I can without straining my marriage!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but my testimony of its truth is my own. I look back on my adolescent years and think how different my life would have been without the gospel. The church, its teachings, and programs have really blessed my life. Obeying the commandments has saved me from so much heartache and sorrow in this life. I'm not perfect, I've made mistakes, but I've always tried to live the teachings of Christ. I know that doing so makes me happy, and has kept me from the things that can make you miserable. People often find it very strange that I have never had alcohol or even coffee, or that my wife and I waited to be together until we were married. I look at these as some of my greatest accomplishments! I know I have been happier for trying to live these principles. When I read the scriptures of the teachings of our prophet and leaders of the Church I know they are guiding me to happiness in this life, and eternal life afterward. They teach of being a kind and good husband and father, being giving and charitable, and serving those around us. We are taught to be honest, patient, hard working and self reliant. They teach us to pray and read the scriptures individually and together as a family, to teach our children good and true principles that will help them be good neighbors, members of society, and in the future, good spouses and parents for their own families. The Church and it's resources and programs are testimony of God's love for us. I love this Church, it's leaders and teachings. I know they are true. If you listen to their teachings with an open heart you will know they are good and true.

How I live my faith

By most standards our church requires a lot of its members, but as you look closely I believe most people would find this to be a beautiful system for watching over each other. First, the family is central to God's plan, and the way God prepares his little children to face the challenges of this world. We have a family home evening ever Monday night. We do not schedule other activities during this time. We plan a lesson where we discuss gospel principles like faith, baptism, repentance, or how the Holy Spirit can make us feel when we hear something true. Also, we teach some principle we, as a family, would like to work on like being honest, using kind words, showing reverence in church, or serving others. We also play games and make sure we have a treat! It's just a fun time together as a family. Every man 14 years and older in the church are given partners and assigned two or three families in the ward to watch over. We call this home teaching. We visit our assigned families in their homes, help them with any needs they may have or if appropriate informing the Bishop and other leaders of the Ward of the families needs. We also provide a spiritual message, and try to help the families live the gospel more fully. In this way, every member of the ward is watched over, and no one is forgotten or left out. In the church, there is no paid clergy. Each week different members are asked to give talks on assigned topics rather than have the same minister or pastor delivering a message each week. We are all given what we call "callings." Currently, I am a member of the leadership over the adult men in the congregation. We organize the men to meet the needs of the ward, assigning home teaching partnerships and families addressing any needs the home teachers bring to our attention. We also organize activities for the men and their families to participate in to draw them closer to each other. I have enjoyed the varying callings I have received over the years.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Rob
There is a common misconception that Mormon's believe we are saved by our works and not through the grace and atonement of Christ. This is grossly inaccurate! No one can be saved or return to our Heavenly Father's presence without the atonement. No one can earn their way to Heaven! However, we do believe that it matters what we do! Why else are their commandments? Why else would Christ teach us so many doctrines of living in this life as he did in the sermon on the mount? No one is perfect, none of us can get through a single day living, thinking, and feeling a perfect Christ like life. We need repentance ever day! We need grace every day! And tomorrow, I will try to be better. Show more Show less