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Hi I'm Robert

I have lived in the Puget Sound all my life. I'm hard-of-hearing. I'm serving a mission in California. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I'm hard-of-hearing. In my childhood, I learned SEE (Signing Exact English) in a school for deaf children, but I stopped using it when my family moved to another city and began homeschooling me. I grew up orally, and can speak in English well. I have strong passions in computers and technology. Right now, I'm out on a mission to share Jesus Christ's gospel to the world. When I get back home, I hope to develop a career in computers and find a wonderful wife to marry in faith and in eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but my faith has been strengthened because of the simplicity of the true gospel. When I was a teenager, I went with a group of other teenagers to the temple to do special ordinances for our ancestors. It was there that I felt the spirit so strong that it convinced me this church was indeed God's church. I know the gospel is given to us by God through living prophets--just like the prophets of old. He loves us, and knows what will help us find unity and joy in this life and the life to come. I know as each of us live by the gospel, we all will have happiness. The Book of Mormon is so plain and powerful that I have no doubt it is true. It truly does testify of this church and as a second witness that Jesus Christ lives. I have felt the spirit throughout my life and I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a true church, and is God's church on Earth.

How I live my faith

During my youth, the church took the back seat in my life. Even so, my faith in God and the truthfulness of the gospel has always been strong within my heart throughout the years. I always knew the church was true since teenhood. After periods of inactivity from the church, I began to see how much the gospel really did influence our lives. I always had a strong desire to be a good person. When I decided to come back and be an active church member, I had an opportunity to serve a mission, which I am doing right now. I've experienced many opportunities to learn and serve others. I believe with good works, we can come back and live in eternal happiness with our Heavenly Father and our families again. That is what I want.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Live the commandments given by the Lord. When I decide to follow a commandment with the belief it will improve my life somehow, I see results later down the road. My faith grows because I've seen it works and is true. No matter the situation I go through, I know living the commandments truly does testify that Jesus Christ gave us these commandments for our benefit and happiness. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Just as you cannot personally write your own law and enforce it upon a nation without the authority from the government of that nation. The ordinance of baptism cannot be accepted without the authority from the Heavens above. God owns one church, and gave that church the authority to carry out his laws and ordinances on Earth. The priesthood power and authority was restored in the 1800s with the prophet Joseph Smith. Then he ordained others to have this authority. Later, additional, worthy men gained this sacred authority. And it continues to this day. This is the church to be baptized in...not because we are better than other churches, but because we hold the priesthood authority that the government of Heaven will recognize. Show more Show less