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Hi I'm Bob Wold

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in southern California. My parents were divorced when I was 9. I had no religious background, until the age of 13, when my father and I met the missionaries and were baptized and became members of the LDS Church. I served a wonderful mission in southwest England and Wales, returning home in March 1972. I was married and sealed in the Provo Temple in December of 1972. My wife and I have four married children and 22 grandchildren. I served 6 1/2 years as a deputy sheriff in southern California. While a deputy, I was also teaching early morning seminary. In 1979, I left the sheriff's department, became a full-time seminary teacher and was assigned to teach in Arizona. I recently retired after teaching LDS seminary and institute for 34 years. I have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a master's in Educational Psychology. My hobbies are coin collecting, auto racing (especially sprint cars and NASCAR), studying military history (since my dad was a Marine), traveling with my wife, reading, and watching good movies. I love being a Grandpa!

Why I am a Mormon

I had no religious training as a child. My parents were divorced when I was 9 and I lived with my dad, who smoke, drank and raced racecars on the weekends. I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandparents, who taught me Christian values, but were not affiliated with any specific religion and did not attend church. My dad and I began to investigate the LDS Church in the summer of 1964, when I was 13 years old. My father met a divorcee, who was a member of the Church. She and her two daughters introduced us to the missionaries. In the very first missionary discussion, as I heard about Joseph Smith's first vision, the light of Christ confirmed to me that Joseph really did see the Father and the Son. These feelings were again confirmed when I visited the Mormon Pavillion at the New York World's Fair that summer. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time and I knew it was true. My dad and I were baptized in September of 1964. My dad married the lady who introduced the gospel to us and we were sealed as a family in the Los Angeles Temple in 1965. I was and am now SO THANKFUL for a new family, a new lifestyle, and a new future! My life today is what it is because of MY decision to join the Church!

How I live my faith

Many high schools have seminary buildings adjacent to the campus and many colleges and universities have LDS Institutes of Religion adjacent to their campuses. I have had the wonderful opportunity and blessing to teach the gospel in seminary and institute to young people for the past 34 years . I have been living my faith by applying the gospel principles I have taught into my own life day by day. My faith really is a way of life for me every single day. I have served in many positions in the Church, including bishop of a ward. My wife and I have been called to serve in the Uganda Kampala Mission for 18 months. We enter the MTC on August 5, 2013 and I am very excited to share my testimony of Jesus Christ, His atonement and His gospel, restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, and to serve the people in that part of the world.