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Hi I'm Bobby

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I joined the Church when I was 20. I have been a member for eight years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student studying public administration. I have a wife and two children (a girl and a boy). I spent six years in the Air Force, and I speak Persian-Farsi. I love football and reading, especially in the areas of history and political affairs.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was 20 years old. I was in training for the Air Force. When I arrived at my base for training I didn't know anybody. I met some members of the Church, who tended to be the most kind and welcoming people at the base. I didn't know much about the Church besides some rumors I had heard on t.v. My Mormon friends invited out to dinner one night with members of the local ward, and at dinner they asked me to attend sacrament meeting the next Sunday. I agreed, but soon after dinner I started to regret my decision. A lot of people told me that Mormons are weird and that I shouldn't go. Reluctantly, I decided to go to the sacrament meeting. The sacrament meeting was a good experience. The organization of the meeting was different than what I was used to, and attending church for 3 hours was certainly a change. Still, I was impressed with what I heard, especially the emphasis on Jesus Christ and the family. After church, a friend asked me if I wanted to go out to dinner later that week. I agreed, and we met during the week for dinner. In the car, I told her that I was not interested in meeting with the missionaries. She sheepishly told me that she had set up an appointment with the missionaries that night. I was frustrated, but I went anyway. The missionaries taught me about Joseph Smith's First Vision and his experience with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It was a lot to take in. Later that night at dinner my friend and I spoke more about the Church. She was a recent convert, and she bore her testimony of the truthfulness of the Church. Over the next few days I thought and prayed a lot. I couldn't explain why, but I knew that the Church was true. The next time we met with the missionaries I agreed to be baptized. After 8 years, my testimony has only grown stronger. I know that the Church is truly the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that Christ lives, and that He restored His Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Of this I am entirely sure.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve since I joined the Church. I have served as a Sunday School teacher of adults, teenagers, and children. I have served in the nursery helping with toddlers during Sunday School. I have served as a home teacher, visiting families every month to share a Gospel message and make sure they are taken care of. One of my favorite aspects of the Church is that it has a lay ministry. Church members serve as volunteer leaders at all levels of the church. In my local congregations (wards) I have had the opportunity to serve in leadership positions. It is a great responsibility, and it brings a great sense of ownership for the welfare of fellow ward members. The most important way that I live my faith is in my family life. I read the scriptures with my family every night, dedicate Monday evening as a time reserved exclusively for my family, and pray with my family daily. Living our faith as a family has helped us grow closer together and get through some of the tough times that every family faces.