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Hi I'm Rob

I grew up in Las Vegas. I love politics, music, and sugary foods. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a civil engineer. Designing drainage systems and analyzing rivers and floodplains is my day to day. When I get home, I love spending time with my two energetic little girls and my beautiful wife. I try to balance time helping set the table and talking about the day with turning on some music and dancing with the girls. I also volunteer teach the early morning seminary class for high schoolers. In my spare time (ha-ha), I become my alter-ego of sorts = a political junkie and aspiring composer.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. Having had wonderful parents who lived their faith, it was easy for me to always be engaged in volunteering for Church service. But being analytical by nature, I had frequent and deep questions when, with my limited understanding, I discovered things that I questioned. Having a deep love for and trust in my parents, I would bring my concerns to them. I remember one time as a teenager when, after my father had just answered my latest concern, he turned to me with love, but maybe also a bit of frustration. "Rob," he said, "I hope now that you can see that all of your concerns have an answer. But there are going to be times when I may not have an answer to give you. First, you need to learn how to find the answers yourself by turning to God. But also, you have to realize that He may not give you every answer, at least not right when you ask for it. That doesn't mean there isn't an answer. That just means you'll need to rely on your faith in God and he will lead you." After that I realized I needed a relationship with God like I had with my parents - one where I relied on Him and trusted Him. First, I wanted to have a better testimony that He was real. But I also wanted to make sure the LDS church was teaching me the truth about Him. So I accepted Moroni's challenge in the Book of Mormon - I asked God if it was true, trusting that God would answer me through the gift of the Holy Ghost. And He did. One night as I was praying, I had an overwhelming felling that He knew me and loved me. I also felt very strongly that the Book of Mormon is true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church. There have been several times where I feel like my faith has been stretched thin, with struggles and trials that I didn't think were fair. But I have been humbled as God helped me realize that He was with me through those trials, and that He would never leave me. That is my faith. That is what His church teaches me.

How I live my faith

I volunteer teach an early morning seminary class for high schoolers. This year they are learning the Old Testament. I love the stories of faith contained in that book. I strive to be good and loving husband and father. I like to keep myself busy, but I realize and appreciate that the Lord wants us to put our families first. His church is designed to strengthen each family member so that the family can be a blessing to each other and to the community

Are Mormons Christians?

We are most definitely are Christian. We believe Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that it is only through His atonement and mercy that we can be saved. Christ taught in Matt. 7:21, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven". Knowing this, we try every day to follow God's commandments. When we do sin, we pray to the Father and ask to be forgiven through Christ's atonement. Jesus is our Salvation. He is the focus of our faith. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I grew up with 10 sisters and I have 2 young daughters, all of whom are LDS. When it comes to personalities, hobbies, etc., Mormon women are about as varied as any other group. There are certain patterns in faithful Mormon women and girls - like modesty in dress (and with it the avoidance of extreme fashions), and a higher-than-average level of interest in music, visual arts, and crafts. But especially as the Church membership grows, Mormon women cover a diverse spectrum of thought and interests. As for the second part of the question, yes Mormons believe in the equality of men and women. We believe that they are equal in eternal worth, in importance to family life, and in divine potential. We do not believe they are the same, nor that their roles in life are the same. However, if each gives his or her heart to the Lord, He will help them know how to fulfill their God-given potential. Show more Show less