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Hi I'm Robert Nelson

I am a husband and father of 5. I'm a veteran, a freemason, and a small business owner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 5 wonderful daughters. I joined the church when I was 20 and my testimony grows stronger everyday. I was married in the Dallas Texas temple and take great comfort in knowing that my family can be together forever. I love music and take every opportunity to get together and play with friends. I recently started flying RC helicopters carrying on my love for aviation. My wife and I are both veterans of the US Air Force and met while stationed together at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey California. Though I grew up in Mississippi and will always have a place for the south in my heart, I am currently living in Pittsburgh PA and love it here. Its a beautiful city full of history and a great place to raise a family. We live in the same ward my wife grew up in and is a real joy seeing my children growing up in such a strong ward. I am also a freemason and regularly attend lodge meetings. My wife and I co-own a small construction management company and between running a business and raising five kids we stay busy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up not regularly going to church but through my parents learned of heavenly fathers love for me. It was my future wife that introduced me to the church and I of course had many questions, letting her know that I loved her very much but was NOT going to join the church. The only thing I knew about the church up to that point was that the missionaries used to visit and "bother" my grandmother in her apartment. In my desire to know about my wife's religion I agreed to read the Book Of Mormon and go through the discussions with the Missionaries. About this time we also met a family who were members of the church and open their home to us for the discussions, we became good friends. After reading the Book of Mormon and praying earnestly for guidance my heart was softened and I was baptized by that same friend who had let us into his home. I was later sealed to my family in the Dallas Texas temple and received a strong testimony and love for the beauty and power of the temple. I now enjoy going with my wife and attending youth temple trips with my daughters whenever possible. I later found out after my grandmother died that she was actually a member of the church who developed a strong testimony of her own after being "bothered" by those missionaries I remembered from years ago. After her passing I found a journal in which she described her conversion story and her first time to the temple. It was touching to read her words and know they reflected so many of my own feelings. Recently a friend of my daughter made the decision to join the church and I was blessed with opportunity to baptize him on the fifteenth anniversary of my own baptism. I know that the church is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know and take comfort in knowing that there is a modern day prophet and that through heavenly fathers plan my family can be together forever.

How I live my faith

I love my ward. It is the ward my wife grew up in and it is a joy seeing my children here. I feel like I am home here. I have served in many callings trough the years and have found that while each is different they all helped me to grow as a person and member of the church. I am currently the priesthood music director and loving being able incorporate my love of music into my current calling. I have a wonderful home teaching companion and enjoy visiting my home teaching families often, as well as exercising the gift of the priesthood by taking part in baptisms and blessings whenever possible. The diversity in the church is great but its comforting to know we all have one thing in common, the gospel of jesus christ. I take every opportunity to talk to others about the church and share my testimony.