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Hi I'm Robert

I was born and raised in California, married with four kids, a retired U.S. Marine, fly EMS helicopters, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the bay area but raised in SoCal. I loved growing up in an area with such diversity. It gave me a great perspective on life. I met my wife in college. She was from Florida and from a good southern family. I loved the fact that she was raised so culturally different from myself. She is the spice to my life. We have been married for over 25 years and it has been great. We have four wonderful kids that have challenged us as they have grown up, but have really blessed us far more. I get most of my satisfaction in life from my family. They are the most important aspect to my life. Success in life means nothing to me if I failed as a father. I love playing soccer, tennis and ultimate frisbee. I love watching college sports, especially football. I play the piano and played in a band when in high school and college.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS faith by wonderful parents who did not force it upon me. They showed me by example why being a Mormon was a special way of life. I served a mission overseas where I learned that my religious convictions were not as solid as I had thought at first. But through much prayer, study and soul searching I grew a strong testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout my travels around the world as a U.S. Marine I have seen many different cultures and perspectives on the meaning of life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really has the most comprehensive perspective and really gives meaning to my life, a real purpose for being here. Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God and has sacrificed for our salvation. The LDS faith gives me such a clear understanding of His purpose and love for us. This is why I am still a Mormon and will remain so.

How I live my faith

As a Marine, I have often been asked to participate in the Boy Scout Programs in my community. I really enjoy working with the young men as they are so teachable at this age. I remember what is was like when I was their age and I remember how great it was to have good Boy Scout leaders that taught me the principles of Scouting and how to grow up responsibly. The LDS church has had close ties with the BSA because of the similarities in principles. Throughout my Marine Corps career I have often been asked how I live in both the Marine Corps culture and LDS culture. I can honestly say that I have never been asked or coerced to go against any of the principles held by the LDS faith while a Marine. In fact, they actually are very similar and work well together. Although they didn't always agree with my standards, all my fellow Marines supported my clean language and non-drinking life style. I was glad to be the designated driver during port-calls. Generally the Marines behaved better when I was around because they didn't want to embarrass themselves.