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Hi I'm Bob

I made my own computer in 1976. I have made a career in computers. I have many other interests. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in California. I married my first and only pen pal and we have six children and 13 grandchildren. We lived for some years in Virginia. Now we live in Arizona. She was an organist in Church for many years. We have been married for more than 40 years and are an example of how much happiness two people in love can bring each other. I have made many computer programs over the years. One of them calculates automorphic numbers. I also worked on foreign language translation systems. I have been an amateur radio operator for many years, although not so much since world communications got so much easier via the Internet. I had a modest antenna which made it hard to compete with operators with gigantic antennas. One night conditions for me were so good that I contacted Antarctica. I also have an 8" telescope. I am trying to interest my grandchildren in the stars. I dabble in playing the keyboard. I play chords and melody. I am working on adding chord inversions to my skill set. Many people don't know that it is easy to find music with chords and melody. Even popular songs from a hundred years ago often came with sheet music showing chords and melody as well as the traditional bass and treble clefs. I have been a baseball fan since I was a little boy. I still play softball. I watch and listen to baseball games whenever I can. My wife and I and our children have traveled through most states of the United States. .

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon promise in which it says that if we ask God, the Eternal Father, if the book is true, we will receive an answer by the power of the Holy Ghost. This is found in Moroni 10:3-5. I began to read the Book of Mormon for the first time when I was 20. I had grown up Catholic and attended a Minor Seminary in California, preparing to be a Catholic priest. During that time I had many religious discussions with two of my neighbors who were Mormons. One of them told me that there were only two churches which had any chance of being the True Church. One was the Catholic church which claims to be a direct descendent of the Church originally established by Jesus. The other was the Mormon church which taught that there was an apostasy and the truth and the power and authority to act in God's name were gone from the earth. The Protestants had no power and authority because they were descendents of the Catholic church when various founders found things wrong with that church and took it upon themselves to establish other churches. When I began to read the Book of Mormon, I knew that I was not reading some fables or made up stories. I felt like a was reading a history of real people and events. And one of the big questions I have always had was answered succinctly in 2 Nephi 2:25 which reads: "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. In the verses surrounding this verse is an explanation of the fall of Adam and why we find ourselves in the mortal state we are now in.

How I live my faith

I try to be honest. I try to treat others as I would like to be treated. I teach classes at church. I go to the Temple where people can receive ordinances that endure beyond the grave. I act as a proxy for people who have died without having an opportunity to receive these ordinances. If they wish, they can then accept the blessings made possible by them. Or if not, they are free to reject my efforts on their behalf and it is as if they never happened. I along with a companion visit several families each month to see how they are doing and if they have any needs that we can assist them with. I pray for those in my family as well as myself and my wife and our relatives and those we know. My wife and I volunteer at a cannery where we bring in groups of volunteers from church, the community, and various organizations to process bulk dry food and put it into one pound plastic bags which are then given to the food bank for distribution throughout the state.