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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 24 years old. I am studying at BYU to become a movie director and screenwriter. I've always wanted to make a positive difference in the world, which is why I chose to go into media production--everyone watches movies, so if I can get something good out there amongst all the filth that surrounds us daily, maybe it will make a difference to somebody. That's also why the Gospel is so important to me, because I know that after all the political moves, all the protests, and the well-intentioned charities (which often do a lot of good), the only thing that will really solve problems in the long run is to follow Jesus Christ. He wasn't always the popular choice 2000 years ago, and often His Church isn't today, but I know by experience and by the Holy Ghost that this truly is His Church. And that defines who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family active in the Church, and so for much of my life it was simply habits formed by my parents. But as I grew up and prepared to serve a two-year mission in Paraguay, I realized that habits weren't enough. I had to know in my heart and feel in every fiber of my being that this church was true. If this church wasn't the only true and living church on the face of the earth, I wasn't going to spend two years of my life telling people that it is. I decided that, whatever was the will of the Lord for me, I would do it, regardless of my family or anyone else. After all, the Lord's opinion is the only one that matters in the end. Then I was ready to receive the revelation that this is indeed His True Church, that Thomas Monson truly is His prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. And since then I continue to have experiences that confirm my faith, and I know that this truly is the will of God for His children.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from serving a two-year mission in Paraguay. There I taught the gospel to everyone who would listen, and learned even more about it myself. I learned that the gospel is really about making people's lives better. It's not just about going to church, praying, and reading scriptures. Those are critical elements, but really don't matter without that charity and love towards others, the willingness to help them in their needs. And I love to do that. I love to find ways to improve people's lives or just make their day brighter. I have done my best to exemplify this as I visit other members of the Church and share a spiritual thought or lesson with them, and look to their individual needs. Often all it takes is just a genuine, friendly conversation. Sometimes, an unexpected plate of cookies. One time it was just a pack of 3x5 cards and some cardboard boxes. Just little things to put a smile on someone's face or put the ground beneath someone's feet when everything is blowing up around them. There's nothing I enjoy more than seeing the clouds lift behind someone's eyes.