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Hi I'm Robbie

I grew up in both Minnesota and Utah. I'm a student, a filmmaker, an athlete, and love to have fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father is Irish-Canadian, and my mother is Samoan. What does that make me? Samoan-Irish-Canadian, I guess. I'm going to college to study psychology and mathematics, and hope to get a job in quantitative psychology - a fancy term for understanding people through a combination of math and science. I love sports and music, and love to make movies. My friends and I enter film contests often, but we rarely win. We do it for the experience. However, regardless of hobbies or future careers, the most important thing for me to figure out is what God wants me to do in my life, and then try my hardest to do so. I know that as I've done so in my life, and center my life on Christ, I find peace.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to a mom who was a member and a father who was not. My father joined the Church when I was very young, but because of his experience he urged me to find out for myself if I wanted to belong to this Church. As I grew up, I never really doubted anything I learned from my parents or at church. However, when I was preparing to serve a mission to share the Gospel with others - well, I just hadn't ever truly tested my knowledge of whether or not it was true. If the Church wasn't "true" - in essence, that Christ's church had been lost with the death of the apostles and restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, and was the only way to return back to God one day - then not only was I wasting my time, but I was preaching a lie. C.S. Lewis once said that, "Either [Christ] was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." I felt the same way about my beliefs - either Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, or he was a fool or a demon trying to lead people away from Christ's true church. I did not intend to further the work of a fool or a demon, so I decided to find out. I found out, through much prayer and study of the Book of Mormon, that it is true. Joseph Smith truly did see God and Jesus Christ, and They told him to restore His everlasting Gospel to the earth. I received this witness through His Holy Spirit, which communicated to me without words the truth of the words I had been taught. As I've continued to live according to these precepts and commandments, I have been blessed and had my faith strengthened. I know His Church is true.

How I live my faith

Living my faith takes many faces. I try to be a good example in my workplace and at school. In my church, I am called to serve a group of young men from the ages of 18-30, and to teach them the covenants that God has made with His children. In this calling, I visit them in their homes, organize activities so that we can fellowship together, and lead them on Sunday in discussions about the Savior's word. In short, I do my best to minister to them the way the Savior would. They are His children after all, and He knows a lot better than I do how they can be helped and guided to return to Him someday. However, ultimately the way I live my faith is through striving to be like Jesus Christ. The prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon asked his people, "Can ye look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?" (Alma 5:19) In a similar way, I strive to live in a manner where people can see that I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, who tries his best to follow His will. I want to live in a way that I have the "image of God engraven upon" my countenance.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Robbie
There are no race or color restrictions on who can join the Church and who can hold the priesthood. I had the Aaronic Priesthood conferred upon me by my grandfather, who was born on the island of Savai'i in Samoa - he is full Samoan. I served my mission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was able to meet many members of various races and nationalities - from the Dominican Republic to Uganda, from Korea to India, anyone can become a member of the Church and enjoy all the blessings that Christ offers. Show more Show less