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Hi I'm Bob

I'm a Virginian who spent 30 years active duty in the Air Force (5) and in the Coast Guard (25). I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a workaholic! When I retired I tried my hand at limosine cattle raising. Did pretty good if I do say so myself. I also decided to build my own home. Driving 18-wheelers was a real kick. That was after I was a real estate broker, car salesman, rural mail carrier for USPS and membership coordinator for an air ambulance service. All the while I enjoyed my wonderful wife of 52 years and five children. After my wife died, I remarried a great lady who has six children. Together we have 36 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild and growing. I am an amateur radio operator and enjoy old classic cars because they remind me of "the good old days" when I used to hand pump gas into the glass jar at the top of the gas pump and then gravity feed it into my dad's car. Boy, that sure does bring good memories and great gas prices to mind. I've been blessed with a very good life!

Why I am a Mormon

When assigned to a new duty station in Texas, my children were anxious to meet children in our new neighborhood. They scoured the neighborhood, but to no avail because school was in session until finally they found a mother home who had children their same ages. They came over to play as soon as they got home. They introduced us to our new religion. After meeting with the missionaries we got a feeling of peace and belonging like we had never felt before; we knew this was where the Lord wanted our family to be. We became Mormons in 1970. Without the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I don't know where I would be today or be this happy. I have received confirmations this is where I belong. I have received guidance to help me with trials and challenges in my life. I know this is the only true church on the earth for me. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt God lives. He is a loving and just God and has been from the beginning of this earth's creation, continues to be and will be forever; unchanging. I know His only begotten son, Jesus, walked, lived and died upon this earth. Through Jesus' atoning sacrifice, repentance, baptism in his church and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost; we can all obtain the one gift of returning to live with our loving Heavenly Father. I know we are lead today by a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, who receives direction and teachings from our Heavenly Father in the guidance of His church and guidance for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I enjoy helping others. This was not obvious to me in my younger years but as I reflect on my life; I realize that is what I was happy doing. I chose to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard; a branch of service dedicated to saving lives for 25 years. There is no greater feeling than that of hoisting someone into a helicopter from a sinking boat/cold ocean and giving them a warm blanket and hot drink. It never got old or common place to me. Each case was different and individual. It goes without saying that my family was always first in my life and that said I've had my share of girls' softball coaching, cubmaster, great RV vacations, and being an involved spectator at my children's church basketball and volleyball tournaments. I even made time to play with other fathers in a few men's softball tournaments. I was given the opportunity to work with the men's auxillary and their families in my church. During this time, I thought I was helping other families and what surprised me is how much closer I felt spiritually to my Lord as I served others in need. A particular family comes to mind as I was by their side each step of the way when they tragically lost their 9 year old daughter to a hit and run driver. The mother taught me a principle by publicly expressing forgiveness to the driver that killed her daughter. As I listened to her speak of holding no malice toward the individual, I could see in her countenance, God's love for us all and feel his love for me personally. This experience and feeling has remained with me all of my life. There is a scripture that states that if we loose ourselves in service to others we will find ourselves. I hope to continue this service as I am still finding myself. I'm glad God is perfectly patient with me because He's not through helping me become who He wants me to be.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Bob
The only way to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is by reading the Book of Mormon, listening to discussions by the missionaries. After doing this, get on your knees and pray to our Father in Heaven and ask if this is the right thing for you to do. After receiving your personal confirmation begin the process of repentance, baptism by those in authority, after which those in authority confirm you a member of the Church and give you a blessing to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less