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Hi I'm Rob

To my wife, I'm a best friend. To my teenagers, I'm weird. To my 9-month old, I'm a superhero. To you, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Port Angeles, WA, now live in Maple Valley, and teach on Mercer Island. Here's a little about me: I've been married for 3 1/2 years. We have a his-hers-&-ours family with 5 kids; ages 11, 12, 13, 14, and 9 months. We are very active with piano lessons, sports, scouts, and other church activities. I'm a 2nd grader teacher and doctoral student working to be a principal and beyond. I run. I camp. I play and teach the piano. I love building and working with my hands. I've been a pavement maintenance contractor, truck driver, sports director, volunteer firefighter, and coach.

Why I am a Mormon

The term "Mormon" to me is noun, an adjective, and a verb. Being a Mormon means I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Being a Mormon describes the way I choose to live my life, in both the things I do and not do. Being a Mormon means I am actively engaged in serving other members through church assignments, as well as non-members in my community. I'm a Mormon because I believe this is God's church. Christ has created for us a plan of happiness with our families being the focal point. I love the structure that helps me lead a Christ-like life, and also gives me the tools and guidance to help my children. I'm a Mormon because it contains the complete gospel, as laid out by Christ in the Bible. Everything is done voluntarily through love and charity, not because of obligation to a assignment or paycheck. The church is guided through a prophet and apostles, just as Christ instituted. And the best part, all successes and failures I may have rest upon me and the decisions I make. The only reason successes are possible are because of the eternal sacrifice that Christ made for my sins. Because of Him, I can repent, forsake, and start anew. I'm a Mormon because it means I can be with my family forever. Death has no power over us. My family has no end because of the promises and ordinances we have received. I'm a Mormon because it is the direct path that leads directly to my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

The Lord knows you and me. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. He uses both to help us serve others. I have had many different jobs ("callings" we call them) at church, some I felt right at home with, others were a big stretch for me. But whether teaching a group of adults about the New Testament, or conducting the choir, the person that benefited the most was me. Each month my oldest son and I have the opportunity to visit two families in our congregation. We usually make them cookies and share a brief church-related message. The purpose is to have every family in the congregation accounted for, to assure that their spiritual and temporal needs are being met. Greater than that, though, my 14-year-old son is learning how to get out of his teenage comfort zone and serve. He's learning public speaking. He's studying the scriptures to find a message. He is putting off the "natural man" in order to worry about the needs of others. And I couldn't be more proud of the young man he has become and the direction he is heading. If only more youth of the world could have the same responsibilities and direction as these LDS youth.

What is being a Mormon like?

Rob
Being a Mormon is like having the play book and a direct communication line to the Head Coach. Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ want us to return to live with them. They have given us everything we need on Earth to achieve that. As members of Christ's church, we have been given all the answers, ordinances, and authority to make it back. And when we have questions or get off track, we can ask, receive personal revelation or clarification, and head back in the right direction. There is an amazing support system of members and leaders who sincerely love me. It's a perfect family run by imperfect people, guided by the One with all the answers. Show more Show less