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Hi I'm Rob P.

My highest goal is returning to Heaven with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Missouri in a Mormon family. I went to a private non-denominational high school and ran long-distance track and cross-country which I loved doing. I play the viola, violin, and try to play the piano. I worked for Chem-Dry for six months to earn enough money and pay to serve a two year mission. I was called to serve in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While there I solidified my ability to speak Spanish and more importantly, developed a deep love for the Argentine people and strengthened my faith and knowledge of God. I have many friends there who I for now can only speak to through means of distant communication, but enjoy every precious moment. My hopes for them are high and my joy indescribable as I hear of their successes and growth. I was married in 2013 in Nauvoo, Illinois and my wife Evelyn and I now live in Orem, Utah. I am working at Vivint in a call center resolving highly escalated customer concerns. I also attend Brigham Young University and am studying Neuroscience with the goal of one day becoming an OB/GYN. And I love temples! They are the most wonderful and sacred places I know. I love going there and feeling peace, clarity on personal questions and choices, hope, and overwhelming happiness when I prepare and enter. For similar reasons I love the Sacrament services of the Church, reading scriptures, praying alone out-loud, being with my family, good music, and helping people around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's organization here on the earth today for all who seek to know Christ and want to return to live with him and God our Father. The teachings and ordinances (i.e Baptism, the Sacrament) in this organization are presented in the way I feel is closest to how God wants us all to live so that we are happy in the purest and most long-lasting sense. I always felt good about God the Father and Jesus Christ and loved all the Church offered for my family and I. I just felt around the age of twelve that I should probably start reading the Book of Mormon, and so I did. By myself everyday I read. I remember praying to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet if what he claimed was true, and wasn't sure what my answer was. However, I continued and did my best to live what I was learning because it made me happy and I understood, or I guess I could say it just made sense. So basically I lived with that kind of believing until I was 19 and getting ready to serve as a missionary. I felt I'd received answers to my prayers I had had experiences where I felt I now knew that I was doing what God wanted for me. But as I listened to a church hymn one day seeking a real evidence for myself that this was God's truth I felt the most loving feeling ever inside of me. I felt loved and felt love for the hundreds of people around me in that moment. I knew that some being knew who I was, was guiding and protecting me, and confirmed all my spoken and unspoken questions and concerns. This feeling I then realized I had felt in lesser degrees throughout my life. I have since felt that love and peace, or calm assurance since that moment in varying degrees, including times even more sacred and personal for me and I am very grateful for it. I am Mormon because as I strive to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ found in this His Restored Gospel, I am happy and know this is right.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by waking up and praying first. I pray before I eat or drink and give thanks for the food and other blessings. When I pray, I speak with God about all the things on my mind and in my life as if he was my parents, siblings, close friends, spouse, and myself all in one, meaning that I trust him completely with everything. I wait after personal prayers to focus on how I feel and the thoughts that come to my head. I believe that that is one way God speaks to me. I pray with my wife at our bedside and love the power that has to help us understand each other better and to bring us closer together and to God. I focus on the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. I remember him throughout my day and try to do and love as he would in my own experiences. I admit to my faults and failings. I believe in repentance and do so as I pray and ask for forgiveness. I also seek forgiveness from those I have wronged and do my best to become a better and more loving person. I enjoy helping those around me. I read the scriptures every day and write down thoughts that come to my mind as I pause and think over things that interest me or I don't understand. I read other uplifting books as well and try to apply what I learn. I go to church on Sundays and there I eat the bread and drink the water of the Sacrament to remember Christ and the promises, or covenants, I have made to keep His commandments, to take His name upon me striving to be like Him, and to always remember Him. On Monday nights I spend time with my wife as we go over some doctrinal message one of us has prepared to share and then we have a special food and activity. I go to the temple a few times a month to feel of the Spirit of the Lord there and seek personal revelation and guidance. I seek to better my education and do new, good, and uplifting things that help me grow and meet others. I write in a journal at the end of the day to record for my family my experiences, thoughts, and feelings for them and myself.