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Hi I'm Robert

I grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. I teach at a local University, and love to travel. Life is wonderful. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a husband to my high school sweetheart, and the Father of five wonderful children; one girl and four boys. Our four oldest are married and have started families of their own. I love being a grandfather! After college, I worked in local government for 25-years. I now enjoy teaching full-time at a local University. I enjoy travel and have been blessed with the opportunity to see many beautiful places. I also enjoy relaxing at home with bread and cheese for dinner and a good movie for entertainment. I enjoy fly fishing and collecting "super balls".

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church but I took my membership for granted. You might say that I was living on "borrowed light". I went to Church because my parents did. I knew the doctrines and principles taught by the Church, but I had never taken the time to come to know for myself if the doctrines of the Church or the Church itself were really true. In the course of time, I decided to serve a mission; to become a full-time representative of the Lord and His Church for two years. I received a call to serve my mission to Italy. I left at the designated time and traveled to Provo, Utah to the Missionary Training Center for two months of preparatory training before I was to travel to Italy. As I arrived at the Training Center, I came to realize that the light I was borrowing could not sustain me so far from home. I realized that I could not teach that which I did not know for myself to be true. I realized that I could not go forward and do what I was asked to do for two years as a missionary unless I had my own witness of truth. As these realizations struck me, I was devasted and stuck. I did not want to go home, but I could not go forward. Then something amazing happened. I determined to do something I do not remember ever having done before. I was going to ask God for help with my own faith. I found a small janitor's closet that was perfect for a quiet place to kneel in prayer. I poured my heart out to my Heavenly Father. I really wanted to know truth for myself. And I found what I was looking for. It was there in that little janitor's closet, among the brooms, mops, and buckets, that my prayers were answered. I gained my own light, my own witness of truth, and it has been with me ever since. I have never forgotten that experience. It is a part of me. I can never deny the answer I received. It sustains me every day of my life. I am a Mormon because, based upon my own experience, I choose to be. I could be nothing else.

How I live my faith

I attend my church meetings each Sunday and enjoy my fellowship with other members of the Church. I serve in the Church where I am asked and I serve to the best of my abilities. I strive each day to learn and grow spiritually by reading scriptures and praying. I have a strong desire to be of value and service to those around me. I love my wife and cherish the doctrine the families can be together forever and I work hard each day to make myself "eternally appealing" them. I find that I am happiest when I am living my life according to the pattern taught by my Savior, Jesus Christ.