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Hi I'm Rob

I ride bicycles and motorcycles. I'm a woodworker and enjoy camping with my wife. I'm a dad, a grandpa, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I talk about me, I can't help but talk about my family. I am what I am because of them. I am the oldest of four kids born to wonderful parents who were converted and baptized into the church when I was 7 years old. My parents are awesome. Besides their great example, they got me started on my love of motorcycles, which continues to this day. My wife and I married while we were both in college and were the parents of a son and daughter while I was still working on my undergraduate degree. At one point, my wife and I and both kids were in college simultaneously. One or more of us is always working on an advanced degree. I've spent my entire working career with The Boeing Company working in Washington and Maryland. My wife is a school principal, my daughter is an entrepreneur and teaches a college course, and my son is a humanitarian working for the Red Cross. Last year I found out that I have Parkinson's Disease which rocked my world and I think I'm finally dealing with it. Life now means more and I have a new appreciation for so much of what I took advantage of before.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I chose to be baptized when I was eight and I grew up a Mormon, when I was called to serve as a missionary for the church at age 19, I realized that my faith was pretty weak. I didn't know for myself that what I was preaching was really true, so I began earnestly reading the Book of Mormon and praying sincerely for a witness of it's truthfulness. I remember kneeling beside my bed on a cold December night in Missoula, Montana in the 1970's asking Heavenly Father once again if the Book of Mormon was really true. My witness came that night and it changed my life. Since that time, I've had many similar experiences where my faith has been strengthened. Despite my many weaknesses, I am committed to working harder because it brings so much happiness. It answers life's questions and offers encouragement. I feel that the members of the church in my community are like family members and we rely on each other for strength and support. I can't imagine living in this world today without the church in my life.

How I live my faith

One of the teachings of the church that has helped me the most is the principle of serving others. I spent about 15 years as an adult leader in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. The added benefit for me was being able to spend more time with my son. I taught early-morning Seminary to high school students for a couple years where they spend an hour before school studying the scriptures, including The Bible and the Book of Mormon. My daughter was in my class, which made it even better. I was called in 2010 to serve as the bishop of our congregation and have a new appreciation for all the previous bishops I have had throughout my life. As the bishop, my responsibilities include, among other things, caring for the temporal and spiritual needs of members of our congregation. Of all service I have given over the years, this has been the most rewarding. I get to spend time with the kids, youth, and adults and be of service to them. That's what it's all about. It brings me so much joy and happiness.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

This was the question I asked myself as a 19 year-old young man. All truth comes from God, our Heavenly Father. The Bible teaches us to ask and we shall receive. But we have to REALLY want to know, and we have to REALLY be willing to act upon the answer(s) we receive. God knows the thoughts and intents of our heart, so there's no fooling Him. We then have to listen for an answer. This is the tough part because listening for an answer from God is not normal listening. We need to learn how to listen with our soul. It's more of a feeling that is individual to each person. We will "feel that it is right". It takes practice. But it's worth learning how God speaks to us because once we know how to listen, we can be taught truth, the truth of ALL things. Easy, well sort of easy - but only if you work at it. When you are ready, you can ask God if Mormonism is true. He will answer you. Show more Show less