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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a college professor in Delaware. I like to walk, read and spend time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a self-taught user of “VBA for Excel” (which is a computer language). I like to walk because it brings back memories of “walking the dogs” in my youth (we had a red Irish Setter that loved to chase birds, and a Samoyed that was white with a little brown on her nose). It also gives me time to think and clear my head. I love being with my family. I teach business finance classes to graduate and undergraduate students. I enjoy helping students as they learn to “crunch numbers,” and sometimes push them to figure things out for themselves. I’ve been a “health-nut” for many years, and like experimenting with foods in the kitchen. I am easily distracted, and easily satisfied. I love to read.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because I love to learn. One of the prophets said you can tell that something is true if it grows like a seed. I feel my understanding grow as I listen to our leaders, read the scriptures, and practice what I’ve heard or read. I’m a Mormon also because it shows the path back to our Heavenly Father—and helps me understand the grace that his Son, Jesus Christ, offers to us on conditions of repentance. I’m a Mormon because it helps me be a better husband and father—which are two things I desire to be now and forever.

How I live my faith

One day a student came into my office and saw a picture of the resurrected Jesus. The picture was small, but easily recognizable. The student asked if I was a Christian. I said that I tried. The way I live (or “try”) is by learning the principles and then practicing them. Every six months I listen to modern day prophets who have the same authority as Peter, James and John (New Testament). These modern prophets speak in Utah, and their words are carried online and by cable all over the world. I live the gospel by trying to be like Jesus. By singing a song if my mind wanders to unclean thoughts. By serving another if I get self-absorbed. By proclaiming that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. By believing that the Prince of Peace has restored the same principles, doctrine, and authority that he gave 2000 years ago on the dusty roads of Jerusalem. I try to live my religion by allowing others their beliefs. I try to love my neighbor—and even understand their needs.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

As a youth I had a chart on the wall where I would make a mark for each 5-pages that I read of Old Testament. Over time the marks grew, and before I turned 19 I had read both the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible. Even as a middle-aged man, I still take pride in that accomplishment. Why do I continue reading the Bible? Because it’s a piece-of-a-puzzle that gives me direction. I am grateful to Paul (New Testament) for stating what faith can do. And, I am also grateful for Alma (Book of Mormon) for giving the best “how-to-gain-faith” sermon I’ve ever seen. Each prophet's statement complements the other. I am grateful to James (New Testament) for writing a verse that said we should “ask in faith.” I am grateful to translators (under King James, 1500s) for getting the Bible translated into English. I am grateful Joseph Smith’s father and mother (early 1800s) had that Bible in their home. It was that Bible that prompted the first prophet of our days, Joseph Smith, to ask for help from above. I believe we’re happier if we acknowledge the hand of the Lord wherever we find it. It’s clear to me the Bible has much truth—partly because it has truth all-by-itself, and partly because it has truth that fits hand-in-glove with other scripture. That's why I read it, and that' why I believe it. Show more Show less