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Hi I'm Robert Dax Eckles

I was born in Utah and I am currently serving as a full time missionary for the Church in the Colombia Bogot'a North Mission.

About Me

I was born in Utah and lived there until I was 6. My parents were divorced when I was two and my mom was remarried when I was 6 and my family moved to California and stayed there for 6 years. My step-dad wasn't a member until I was 14, but he eventually joined the church. I graduated from high school in 2012 and am now serving a LDS mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, obviously I was born into this church, but I'm not a member because of my parents. Everyone reaches a point where they can no longer rely on the testimonies of their parents and I was starting to run thin by the middle of my Senior year in high school. I started to dwindle a little bit, I would still read my scriptures, say my prayers, and attend Seminary, and really try my best, but it was just because I felt it would help me be a better person. The first time I experienced the true love and mercy of Jesus Christ was about midway through my Senior year when I finally went through my first real repentance process. And after feeling the love that Chirst had for me, I KNEW that Jesus and God were there and would always be there for me. The veracity of the LDS church would come after I graduated however. After I graduated and starting working on my mission papers, I attended a church history tour and had the opportunity to visit many of the church history sites such as Navuoo, Kirtland, Susquehanna River, Sweet Water River, Winter Quarters, and the Peter Whitmer Farm. However my true conversion experience started in the same place as Joseph Smith- The Sacred Grove. In that grove, I had the opportunity to pray and come to know my Father in Heaven in a much deeper way and came out of that grove knowing that the church was true. I experienced a moment unlike any other that I had before then experienced. Joseph Smith is a true prophet and the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I thank my Heavenly Father for that experience and for the opportunity to serve the people of Colombia. I AM GOING ON MY MISSION BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THIS CHURCH IS TRUE AND I WANT TO SHARE THE HAPPINESS IT BRINGS TO ME TO THE ENTIRE WORLD. This is what am I here to do. A 2 year mission is not enough to really give back to God for everything He has done for me. The Atonement is real and it is powerful. Christ wants to help YOU. I bear this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Well I am a Melchizedek Priesthood holder and am serving a proselyting mission for the church. I strive everyday to live up to my covenants and what my Heavenly Father expects of me. I used to be the 1st counselor in my Priest's Quorum and I would do home teaching once a month. I left for my mission on November 28th of 2012 and will serve until December 2nd of 2014.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Robert Dax Eckles
From my studies from the Book of Mormon and other Church material, I have found 4 basic purposes in this life; 1. To receive a physical body. When we lived with God before this life, we only had a spirit while God had a perfect and glorified body of flesh and bones, so in order to become like him, we wanted to come to the Earth and gain a body for ourselves. 2. To find happiness and joy in this life. God is our Heavenly Father and He loves us and wants us to be happy. He knows that the Gospel principles will make us the happiest in this life and wants us to follow the principles of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. 3. Prepare ourselves to meet and live with God again. This includes forming family relationships that will last forever. We are to do everything in our power to become more like Jesus Christ by obeying the 5 basic Gospel principles: Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His Atonement, repentance, baptism, the reception of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. 4. To be tested. This is very similar to preparing ourselves to meet God. We are tested to see if we can apply the Atonement and follow the Gospel principles in our lives and exercise our agency to choice good over evil in this life. We gain experiences in this life that will help us become more like our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less