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Hi I'm Robert N Gentry

I was born in Colorado where I lived until I graduated from High School. A graduate of BYU and live in Utah.

About Me

Born in Colorado (Denver and Colorado Springs). Lived in Japan for two years with parents. Attended Ricks College and BYU. Served a mission in the Central States Mission (65-67). Married Marilyn Wood and raised 5 children. Mostly lived in Central Utah and Rexburg, ID. Obtained a BS in Zoology, taught secondary education. Obtained a MEd in Education Administration. Worked as an assistant principal, principal, director of human resources and superintendent of education in Provo, UT. Raised five children (four boys and one daughter). From the five children, we have sixteen grandchildren who are living in various parts of the western United States. Because of their height, our children participated in athletics in public school (mainly basketball). Four of the five children participated at the college level in either basketball or volleyball. During most of the time our family lived in North Orem, Marilyn operated a floral shop. Recently, she moved her business to our home and operate the business from the house. My wife and I are presently retired living in Pleasant Grove, UT. We are enjoying the opportunities of service presented to us because of the different organizations and relationships we have developed over the number of years we have lived in Central Utah. I am a member of the Provo Kiwanis Club, member of the Board of Mountainland Head Start program and presently Marilyn and I are serving on and LDS service mission as Executive Directors of the VCC in Provo.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that belonged to the LDS Church. My parents were both from southern Utah and were born members of the church. My mother was a strong member of the church and taught me the principles of the gospel and lived it daily. It was her that inspired me to continue to remain active in the church even though most of my friends were not members of the church and even made light of my beliefs. My mother expressed a desire for me to serve a mission from an early age. Very few of my friends in the church were actually desirous to serve missions, but because of my parents desire for me to serve I decided at an early age to fulfill their hope that I would serve a mission. It was while on my mission that I realized what it really meant to be member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was during the early part of my mission that I began to excersise great faith to determine the truthfulness of the gospel and the "Plan of Salvation" that I was expected to teach to non-members. As I prayed and continually sought the Holy Spirit to testify to me of the truthfulness it was confirmed to me that God is a living person and he had a son named Jesus Christ who lived on the earth during the meridian of time and he established His church on the earth. I also gained a belief that Joseph Smith restored that same church on the earth in this later days and that he translated the Book of Mormon. In my study of the Book of Mormon and through pray and the excersise of faith I have come to know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God and it was written by prophets and translated by Joseph Smith. Since I know the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God, then I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that makes the church that he restored to the earth, Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, to be the only true church on the earth today. I also know that the principles of the church are true and they will lead me to eternal life with God.

How I live my faith

I have served The Lord in many ways over the years of being a member of the LDS church. Since my earliest recollection I have completed service opportunities presented to me by leaders. My earliest remembrance was visiting other members of our faith on a monthly basis to check on their welfare and to teach a gospel lesson. I have always been actively involved in the church meetings and activities. During my youth I was raised mostly among those that were not members of the church, thus I had many opportunities to compare my beliefs to others (both christian and non). It became very evident that there are many similarities between christian churches. The giving of service will always be a common point among those that believe Christ to be their savior. Needless to say, during those early years I had many opportunities to defend the LDS church and it's beliefs. I learned that the best way to defend the faith was to be a shinning example of The Lord and live the precepts taught by Christ. My friends and piers were well aware of who I was and what I stood for. As I grew and took on new roles of husband and father, it became evident that being an example of The Lord was key to being faithful to God.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Robert N Gentry
Since I was a young man I have always paid a full tithing. When I married my wife and I committed to paying the church every month a full 10% of our earnings. That has not always been easy, but we have continued to do it even now. Because of that committment our family has been richly blessed beyond measure. I have never been without a job or an income. We have never been blessed with great wealth, but we have never know to be without the things we needed. I can testify that the Lord has greatly blessed our family because of our faithfulness in paying a full tithe to the church. Show more Show less