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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up a Catholic in Illinois. I served as a US Marine officer. I'm married with 6 children. I live in Colorado. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up a pretty average Catholic kid in northern Illinois. My passion as I grew up and even now is sports. My favorite sports and the ones I played the most are football and basketball. My dream was to play football for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Though I never made the Notre Dame football team, that goal kept me focused on doing well in school so I could someday attend there. I did attend Notre Dame on a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. While at Notre Dame I participated in as many intramural sports as I could including full contact 11 man football. I graduated with an obligation to serve in the US Navy or Marine Corps. I chose the Marine Corps becuase I loved the physical aspect and the Brotherhood or team orientation of the Marines. I served honorably for 13 years in the Corps. While in the Marines I learned of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was baptized. About a year and a half later I met my wife. I asked her to marry me about a month after we started dating. We were married about two and a half months after that. I have had the joy of raising six beautiful children with her. I am now a proud grandfather enjoying watching my oldest daughter and son-in-law raise their family. I work two jobs to dig out of a financial hole I dug when I was self employed and later unemployed. I still make most of my youngest kids' ball games, and family is very important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I started investigating the church at the age of 25 while in the Marine Corps. My girl friend at the time (not my wife) was taking the missionary discussions and asked me to join her. Because I hoped at that time to marry her and knew this was important to her, I agreed to take the discussions. I liked the missionaries and enjoyed the discussions but wasn't fully engaged. I wasn't putting in the effort to know one way or another whether this was right. The missionaries didn't say anything I disagreed with, but I knew that fully committing to the church would require changing my lifestyle, and I wasn't ready to do that. I enjoyed going out drinking and partying with friends. I recognized that most of my current circle of friends and the gospel wouldn't mix well. I came to a crossroads as I realized how committed my girl friend was to the gospel. I saw that the only way I could make a life with her was to either show her that this religion was false or fully support her in her decision to join the church. I knew that I did not want to join the church so I decided to look for ways to show her that this was wrong. I knew this would take work, so I started reading the Book of Mormon, becoming more involved in the discussions, and praying to God to help me know how to show her this was not right. As I did those things something happened to me; I changed. I started to realize the love my Savior Jesus Christ has for me and that His gospel which I was learning was the only way to a truly happy life. I came to understand that the things I did at that time for enjoyment didn't bring true happiness, but were temporary in nature and often brought long term pain and unhappiness. I realized that relationships first with my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ and then with family and friends bring lasting joy; not things or activities. As I've lived the gospel to the best of my ability, I've gained greater assurance of the true gospel. I have also learned who my real friends are.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good example to others starting with my children. I work at having a positive attitude as I reflect on how I have been blessed by my Father in Heaven. I try to live what I teach my children by avoiding watching or listening to immoral, sexually explicit and disrespectful entertainment. When there are opportunities to help in the community, I try to make myself available to participate whether it is to refurbish a local historical landmark, repair parks and trails, or help collect and deliver items to help those in need. I accept assignments when called upon by our church leaders to serve in positions within the church. My son and I have been assigned as home teachers to watch over several families within our local congregation, called a ward, by visiting them on a regular basis. We try to visit once a month and share a gospel message. We also look for opportunities to help them in any way we can. We helped one family tear down a fence that they needed removed. We try to offer assitance and comfort during times of sickness or sorrow. I also try to stay close to the Lord daily by studying His word in the scriptures and going to him often each day in prayer. Basically I try to remember Jesus Christ and do what He would do in a given situation.