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Hi I'm Bob Finklea

I grew up in Jacksonville, FLA. Attended BYU; happily married to the same woman for 45 years and have 8 children. Life is good.

About Me

As a young boy, I grew up as an only child with a divorced single mother who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just before I was born. Because I grew up without a father in the home, I learned the valuable lesson of the irreplaceable importance of a father in the home. That has motivated me to strive to be a better husband and father. Education I graducated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, FLA. and attended Brigham Young University receiving a B.S. degree. During that time, I was married and had two sons prior to graduation. Career I was recruited by Mobil Oil Corp and lived in California; returned later to Utah, and worked with several companies but did not like corporate politics. I purchased an automotive repair business because I love cars, and became a small independent businessman. Eventually, I acquired a self-serve car wash and storage units. Family I married my "dream girl." She fit into my profile for a wife perfectly. We have been married 45 yrs, having 8 children; 24 grand children; one great g-son. Church As a 19-year old, I served as a missionary in the New England Mission (Boston, MA). As a married couple, my wife and I have served three missions: Calgary, Canada; India; and South Carolina. These experiences were defining moments in our lives. I have also served as a bishop, high councilor; & gospel doctrine teacher. Hobbies I enjoy customized hot rod and antique cars; bluegrass music; and family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my life. During my childhood, I have seen many broken homes due to unhappy marriages, broken vows of fidelity, and the horrible results of divorce. As I grew up attending Church, I learned how important families are to God because we are part of His family and He loves us. I deeply wanted to avoid those divisive marital problems in my future family. I know that God wants families to live in harmony, love, and in homes without contention. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has taught me that the true source of happiness and peace comes only through righteous living and keeping God's commandments. I believe with all my heart that the only way we can return to the presence of a loving Heavenly Father with my family, is through His Son, Jesus Christ: There is no other way. The Church has taught me that Jesus should be the focal point of every aspect of my life. The teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not only a way of life, but it is life...and everything that makes up for a happy life. I know that through my faith in Jesus Christ, I can turn my weaknesses into strengths and overcome the obstacles that prevent the Spirit of the Holy Ghost from guiding my life onto the paths of righteousness. I am not a perfect man, but the Gospel teaches me that I must strive each day to live according to the teachings of the Savior.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have learned that loving God more than anything or anyone is the key to true happiness. Jesus taught this great foundational principle in the New Testament (Matt. 22:35-40). The other part of this commandment was that I must to love my neighbors. I have discovered that my greatest happiness and joy comes from serving my family and also by serving my fellowman. I have learned that I cannot serve God without first serving other people in mortality. As I have been called to different positions within the Church, I have been able to serve other people in my ward and in the community. A principle I strongly believe is the fact that there is a huge difference between BELIEF in God...and FAITH in God. Belief can be passive. But faith is acting upon one's beliefs by following the Savior's teachings and obeying His commandments. Happiness, peace, and joy in this life are the blessings I have experienced by abiding by the Savior's teachings. As a result, my love for my wife and children have increased as well as my love for all other people regardless of their nationality or religious affiliation. I have come to understand that God loves ALL of His children and He has commanded me to love them. Jesus taught: "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye may also love one another. And by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another." As I love God, my love for other people increases dramatically.