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Hi I'm Bob Loose

I am a retired football coach. I was baptized while attending BYU in 1955. A teammate's influence helped my testimony develop.

About Me

I am a retired football coach, having coached from the junior high level all the way to the major college level. I have been married for 56 years and have four children and 14 grand children. I graduated from BYU in 1957 and earned Master's degree from Washington State University. My degrees are in Physical Education. Because of my profession I have lived in several states from California to Texas. I started my career in 1957 in California where I coached football for nine years on the high school level, then I entered the college level. I spent time at the following colleges, San Joaquin Delta College, San Jose State, Stanford, TCU, Ricks College and Northern Arizona Univeristy. In 1981 I came back to the high school level and taught and coached in Utan and Washington. I am a life member of the Amereican Football Coaches Association. Since my retirement, I have been substitute teaching and coaching junior high school football. Family history research if of great interest to me because it provides an identiy to me and gives me a historical background. I especially like being around my family and exended family, they mean so much to me. Life has been challenging and good to me. I love my family and my LDS family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a non LDS household, but had the same standards as LDS homes. I was taught that using strong language was wrong, that alcohol and tobacco were bad for you and that it was important to live a moral life and respect women. I felt that I was guided to attend BYU by the spirit. In 1953 I entered BYU and became a member of the football team as a walk on and a non member of the Church. One my teammates was discussing the Plan of Salvation with another nonmember teammate. That made real sense to me and caused me to have serious thoughts about the Church. In the fall of 1954 I met my wife and I fell in love with her. It was at that time that the Plan of Salvation became important to me and caused me to seek more knowledge of the Gospel. I was baptized in May of 1955 and married my lovely wife in August of that year. In May of 1956 we were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. That has been a great blessing to me as our children were born under the covenant. I mentioned that I felt guided by a spirit to go to BYU. I found out years later that my great mother was baptized in Kirtland in 1834 and was present at dedication of the Kirtland Temple. She was among the Saints that were driven from Missouri in 1838 and settled in Quincy, Illinois. It was there ment her husband who died in 1854. In 1860 she moved to Payson, Utah with her 3 sons. All three of her sons left the Church, but she served as the first Relief Society Present of the Payson Ward for almost 20 years. She had a strong testimony and I have felt for many years that I was guided by her spirit. I have felt that I have had hands gripping shoulders and guiding me as I grew up and protected me from wrong choices. I testify that I was guided to BYU and the Church because of her. I have felt because of her that I am a member of the Church and have a great responsibility to research my for bearers out and put together a history of my family for my posterity.

How I live my faith

I have served in many capacties in the Church in many parts of the United States. Early in my Chruch years, I lived a small branch where I served as a branch clerk and was later called to be a Stake Missionary and that led to my Priesthood calling as a Seventy. A calling that I held for 19 years. I was blessed to have participated in many bapitisms and also interviewing investagators for baptism. These have been some of the most inspirational and spiritual experience that I have had. After my missionary experiences, I was released and have had many wards leadership positions. I have also taught Sunday School and Priesthood classes and worked with the youth as a leader and teacher. Other than serving in Church callings, I feel the most important thing about being a Latter-Day Saint is living the commandments. Doing as we are expected brings about blessings that are too numerous to share. I have found out by experience the importance of paying a full tith. Paying a full tith is the first rule to financial security and properity. I had to learn that lesson the hard way. Happiness come from being worthy to attend the Temple of the Lord. Setting an example for my family and associates is important to me, as I want to live as a representative of Jesus Christ. I do not want to disappoint my family members and friends by hypocritical conduct. It is my desire to obtain the rewards that our Heavenly father has in store for use if we earn them.