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Hi I'm Robert

I grew up everywhere. I paint. I draw. I dance. And now I empower others by teaching them Kung Fu and Tai Chi. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life has never left me bored, especially now. I own and operate a Kung Fu school where I help empower others to lead exceptional lives through sharing the principles and techniques of Kung Fu and Tai Chi. I've been training in the martial arts since the age of eight and still find myself caught up in the excitement of it all. I love the history of it, the techniques, the training, and especially the possibility for what the ancients called "enlightenment". Of course, with all this extra activity, raising 4 boys can be exhausting. But they love to do whatever I do anyway (even the things that drive my wife crazy). Speaking of my other half, she and I met in school as members of a touring dance ensemble. We toured with them for 3 years all over the US and Europe. I wasn't particularly into dance before auditioning, but a friend dragged me there. It was an exciting time full of incredible and sometimes difficult experiences. Despite taking most of my time, kung fu is not my only interest. I have been painting and drawing from a very young age and even got a master's degree in that field--just because I loved it. I enjoy wood-working as well and am particularly fond of learning old, often unneeded, skills. I've made my own paints from scratch, made my own paper and books, built my own furniture. There's a certain satisfaction that I get out of something well-made that I cannot get in any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

The single best resource I have ever found for guidance and as a catalyst to ongoing personal insights and revelation has been the Book of Mormon (and believe me when I say that I have tried a few). With all of the ups and downs and crazy twists and turns that my life has taken, that singular book has continuously surprised me with the wealth of relevant advice that I consistently find therein. I have studied the Bible, and I find its teachings and passages incredibly helpful as well, but not on the same level as the Book of Mormon. There is a power that has come into my life from studying and pondering its teachings that I have come to rely on as a source of immense strength from day to day. It gives perspective to life's apparent difficulties and answers clearly and decisively many of man's most searching questions. And what is most precious, the Book of Mormon has taught me how to approach my Father in Heaven and learn directly from Him. The Book of Mormon is true, and I mean that in every sense of the word: true as is consistent with what is real; true as in straight, unswerving, and non-contradictory; true as in accurate in its promises and history; and true like a friend--loyal, reliable, steadfast. I have learned that by trying its teachings as well as receiving and unmistakeable witness from God that the words in that marvelous book were inspired of Him. I have learned that Thomas S. Monson is indeed God's mouthpiece today by the same means. This knowledge is some of the sweetest knowledge I have gained throughout my life, and I would gladly give up so many lesser things to learn it again.

How I live my faith

I currently teach and help the some of the members in the community understand what is taught by prophets old and new about how to implement Christ's teachings into everyday life. Sometimes this involves formal lessons. Other times it involves service projects or one-on-one visits with the members to see where their needs can be met. This sounds like I am engaged non-stop in fulfilling my duties, but the truth is that the time is not that much and very well spent. The opportunity to set aside all of my daily challenges and use my abilities to help others in some way brings much needed relief to me and, I hope, to those I serve.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Robert
For the same reason that authority to give a traffic ticket is important. The government sets the laws and designates certain individuals to enforce those laws for the benefit of all involved. These are called police officers. Anyone may attempt to write a traffic ticket, but none of them would be valid unless written by a currently employed police officer fulfilling his office. In the case of baptism, it is God who has set the law and designated certain individuals to officiate in that ordinance. These are called priests. Anyone may go through the motions of a baptism, but no baptism would be valid unless performed by a worthy priest fulfilling his office. Show more Show less