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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am a business school professor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served and LDS mission in Italy and after returning I became a student at Brigham Young University. I decided that I would take a summer and do something different. So I worked as a waterfront director at a Boy Scout camp. During the camp, my uncle asked if I could drive his U-Haul truck from Utah to Virginia. He had graduated with his Ph.D. at Berkeley and was moving to Virginia Tech to take a position in Virginia. I drove his truck to Blacksburg and made my way to Washington D.C. There I stayed with a friend while purchasing a suitable bicycle to ride back home to Utah. I pedaled 25 days and approximately 2500 miles on a Schwinn 10 speed. As an undergraduate, I served as a survival instructor in BYU's 30 day wilderness program and graduated in Youth Leadership. I was a student and instructor for six 30 day trips, mostly in southern Utah. I graduated and married my sweetheart and started graduate school at BYU, completing a Master's degree in Organization Behavior. I worked at Utah State University for several years and started a PhD program. My first job as a strategic management professor was at business school at Texas A&M University. Later, I served at the University of Oklahoma and Arizona State University. Currently, I am a professor at major University in Texas. We have six children three boys and three girls and nine grandchildren so far. I love backpacking, hiking and fishing in the high country.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an inactive LDS family, my mother was a non-member and my father as LDS but not active. I started going to church with some friends who had invited me to go to Boy Scouts with them (I was 13). I had done a lot of camping and fishing so it sounded interesting to me. After awhile, they invited me to church and I started going to be with my friends. They were wonderful to me and I grew close to them. I remember a time when I was asked to give a short talk in opening exercises of Sunday School. As I gave the talk, I felt the Spirit with me. It was a unique and watershed experience for me. After that I started to pray and infrequently read the scriptures. As part of this process, I read the Book of Mormon and found it to be scripture. This ultimately led to serving a mission for the church where my testimony of the Savior and the church matured.

How I live my faith

I have served in lay leaderships positions through which one can see clearly the hand of the Lord moving to help increase the faith of the members of his church. This church is truly guided by the Lord Jesus Christ, it is His church. Although serving in leadership positions is wonderful, I most enjoy working with the youth, teaching them the doctrines of the gospel and how the hand of God has affected my life. I really enjoy conducting high adventure experiences. I have been able to take young men to the canyon country of southern Utah and the Grand Canyon of Arizona, as well as the mountain wilderness areas of Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. In nature, one can clearly see the hand of God's creations and pray and receive answers to life's challenges and questions. I enjoy visiting with other members and helping them as they help and edify me. The fellowship in this church is wonderful; members truly care because their hearts are focused on serving one another as the Savior has commanded. Of course, people are not perfect, but the doctrines are pure and when one lives by them one becomes a better person. As one partakes of the ordinances of the gospel, for instance baptism, and keeps the promises made, the Lord blesses them and they truly walk in newness of life.