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Hi I'm Bob.

I am a teacher, author, and consultant in the energy industry. More importantly, I am a husband and father of six. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a person who likes to make a difference and do so by becoming proficient in many things. As a youth, I played many sports including pitching a no-hitter when I was 13. I learned piano and loved to sing and eventually became a guitar and keyboard player in a band. My engineer father encouraged me to study math and science. I became educated in calculus and organic chemistry in high school and eventually graduated from college as an electrical engineer. I interupted my college after two years and fullfilled a full time mission for my church in Britain. I married my eternal companion just as we both were finishing college. I joined a multi-national manufacturing firm and we lived on both coasts and in the mid-west before leaving that firm and joining an energy company. I went from mechancial and chemical engineering, to project management. I then managed the company's capital budget, moved to controller of a $6 billion project, eventually led the organizational change program for the company. Along the way, I added an MBA. Eventually my need for variety, led me to leave that company and form my own consulting firm. For fifteen years, I have taught financial decision making to over 4000 people, authored papers and have just finished a book on leadership for technical people, and have developed several management tools for my clients. We have been blessed with six children and are expecting our fifteenth grandchild soon.

Why I am a Mormon

I have lived the standards of the LDS Church my entire life. Why? The answer is I have a deep and abiding testimony of the restoration of Christ's gospel in modern times. For those who have grown up in the LDS Church, I believe such a testimony grows over time, from a seedling to a giant Redwood. Each is unique. As I have said in sermons, "In the township of tesimony, there are no tract homes." My testimony grows in three areas: First, as for many, is my testimony based on logic and reason. This was the tesimony of my youth. I studied as comprehensively, as a young American youth might in the 1960s, various denomiations and beliefs. When compared to what I knew about the LDS Church, these other faiths, while full of wonderful people, did not measure up. Upon my first reading of The Book of Mormon, I knew no mortal could have written it alone. It was either the work of a decieving spirit or, as it claims, the word of God to a largely unknow civilization. The claim is latter-day revelation was also curious to me. Isn't it interesting that only one church could be led by a prophet and only one claimed it? Second, I have recieved the witness of the Spirit. The Holy Ghost can manifest the truthfulness of all things. He has to me. This is much deeper than any belief based on logic and reasoning. Third, after living my life according to LDS Church principles, I have had testimony-cementing experiences. I have seen revelation in direct answer to prayer come to a teeanage daughter. I have witnessed the healing of a blind person. I have heard the simple whisperings of the Spirit in direct answer to my prayers. I have been aware of deceased relatives who have counselled a son. I have felt the warmth of the Holy Ghost when times were tough. All this confirms to me of the truthfullness of the restored gosple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is wonderful. I have had the chance to serve in many capacities, from leading the choir of our congregation to leading the congregation. I have given over one hundred sermons in church. For twelve years, I was part of our Young Mens (age twelve to eighteen) organization, covering several congregations. In that church calling, I became involved with the Boy Scouts of America and served in a variety of capacities. At one point , I was asked to lead the local Scout District of 110 Scout units. Lately, I have had the privledge of teaching new people the basic gospel principles in our congregation. I enjoy that emensely and have seen some people who were investigating our faith enter the waters of baptism. Almost everyone in the LDS Church has the assignment to call on an assigned set of families to check on their welfare, help the parents teach their children, and assist in any needs. I have called monthly on several families over the years. It is a blesseing to be able to serve in that capacity. On a voluntary basis, with two other close friends, I have sung in a trio for several decades. With two guitars and an upright bass, we have sung for church meetings, carnivals, scout events, evening socials, and for events for newer members. It has been a great blessing to help bring the Spirit of the gospel to others through music. I would suggest all who may read these words to ponder and pray about the message of the LDS Church and remember, as a LDS convert and former noted clergyman of any another faith said, "There is More in Mormon."

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Bob.
I was once asked this same question while a missionary in Great Britain. I answered his question with a question, "Have you ever heard that misery loves company?" This yielded the anticipated confused expression from the man. Then, I quickly added, "Well, so does happiness!" The message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brinsg unparalleled happiness to those who discover it and embrace its teachings. We are compelled to share it. Show more Show less