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Hi I'm Robin

I grew up in Spain and Germany. I love to play the piano and read. I am the mother of 7 children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California, but as my father was in the U.S. Air Force I moved around a lot as a child. I have lived in Maryland, Alabama, Spain, Germany, Utah, Texas, and Colorado. At the university I studied journalism and German. News, politics, current events, and foreign languages have always interested me. I love to read, play the piano, bake bread, and play with my kids. I met my wonderful husband in Germany, and we were married in the Frankfurt temple. Now, over 20 years later, we have 7 beautiful children and life is busy! Having lived in Europe, I developed a real love for ceramics and pottery. I love to set a beautiful table and gather my family to share a nutritious meal together. I always say that food tastes better on pretty dishes. My husband and I both comes from musical families. Each of my children takes or will take piano lessons. It can be tricky to schedule practice sessions for 4 kids each day, but I feel that this is a great avenue for them to learn an enjoyable, useful skill and develop discipline and a good work ethic at the same time. Another hobby that I have is reading English literature. I love Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and others. I love to read their wonderful stories, and I love to see the BBC adaptations of the books into movies. What could be better than Pride and Prejudice and hot chocolate?

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes me happy. I have found that when I keep the commandments of God and do what I can to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, I feel real joy. Understanding the plan that my Heavenly Father has for me gives me great purpose in life. I know who I am, where I came from, why I am here, and what I should be doing with my life to be able to return to my Father in Heaven someday. My faith makes me a kinder more compassionate person and helps me to find ways to lift other people and serve. Trying to live a Christ-like life helps me to be more effective in all of my roles and responsibilities as wife, mother, daughter, sister, neighbor, friend, volunteer, etc. When I encounter trials or difficulties in my life, I know that I can rely on Jesus Christ to give me hope, comfort, love, and healing. I don't ever need to carry my burdens by myself because He is always there to offer whatever aid I may need. One of the greatest blessings that comes from my membership in the Church is having a living prophet who gives guidance and direction from the Lord. In every time when the Lord's church has been established on the earth, He has always spoken to people through prophets. That is as true today as it was in biblical times. It is a blessing to have a prophet who gives counsel on the issues and challenges we face today. Having the Book of Mormon as another witness of Jesus Christ in tandem with the Holy Bible is another great blessing in my life. I find that when I read the scriptures together, the doctrines of our Savior are clear and easy to understand. I have found answers to questions within the pages of the scriptures, and the Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that what I am reading is true and comes from God.

How I live my faith

Sunday is a day that I look forward to each week. I love to go to church with my family and be uplifted as I take the sacrament and learn more about my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I love the music at church, whether it is listening to the organ prelude, singing hymns with the congregation, singing with the choir, or playing the piano during the singing time for the children's classes. Sometimes the music touches my heart in a way that no preaching ever could. We make Sunday a family day. In addition to going to church together, we usually have a nice breakfast together and cook a nice dinner together. Everyone likes to help prepare the meal. We also enjoy taking walks together or visiting extended family and friends. On Monday nights we hold a "family night." This gives us an opportunity to gather our family together and do things like calendaring for the coming week, holding a family counsel, teaching values and Christ-like principles to our children, playing games together, performing service together, or anything else that might promote unity in our family. On a daily basis we try to read the scriptures and pray as a family. Our high school students attend an early morning scripture class on weekdays. We also teach our children to say personal prayers before they go to sleep each night. It is beautiful to see my family gather in a circle, hold hands, and express gratitude to the Lord for our blessings. I love to read the scriptures each day, and I especially love praying with my husband. We take turns when we pray together. I love to hear him pray for me and for our children, and when it's my turn to pray, I love to express gratitude for all of his great qualities and the hard work he does to support our family. Praying together brings us closer to God, but it also brings us closer to each other.