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Hi I'm Rob

I work at NASA on a satellite project. I commute to work on a touring motorcycle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm naturally curious about how things work. My interests and hobbies range from astrophysics to woodworking, from cooking to camping, from building furniture to watching the Science Channel. I love solving problems and have had an interesting career as an engineer: working in electronics, software, and now the space program. I've raised six children, including two from a blended marriage, and between my wife and me, we have 12 grandkids under the age of 12. One of the daily treats in my life is riding my Goldwing the 55 miles I commute to work each day. Motorcycle touring is a hobby I took up several years ago and has produced some cherished experiences with my wife, my children, and my friends.

Why I am a Mormon

As a college student, I befriended some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although I was skeptical about religion at the time, I became increasingly impressed by my friends' dedication to their faith and by their commitment to living its values. My natural curiosity led to first casual, and eventually more focused questions about their beliefs. They were always eager to share, but also careful not to be "pushy." As my understanding of the doctrines of the church grew, I found what they taught began to resonate - to be intellectually rational and spiritually uplifting at the same time. Eventually, I began to consider that what I had been learning might actually be true - and decided that I needed to get serious about finding out. I invited missionaries of the church to visit with me to help me learn how to determine if the doctrines of the church were true. They explained the origins of the Book of Mormon, presented me with a copy, and invited me to read it and pray to learn if it is true. They taught me how to pray for an answer, and how to recognize an answer when it comes. The rest, as they say, is history. Shortly after beginning to read the Book of Mormon and to pray to know if it is true, I began recognizing the promptings of the Holy Ghost as answers to my prayers. Suddenly, my interest in Mormonism shifted from curiosity to a change of heart and a life-long commitment to our Savior Jesus Christ and an acceptance of his church here on the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Within a few weeks of beginning to meet with the missionaries, I was baptized and joined the church. Becoming a Mormon has proven to be a turning point in my life that I have never regretted.

How I live my faith

I serve as a Family History Consultant in my local congregation, working with members who want help in searching out and learning more about their ancestors. This is fascinating work that gives me the opportunity to share my talents with others, make new friends, and provide a valued service. Whether helping our more senior members overcome their phobias about computers or teaching leading edge technology to our youth, I am greatly blessed to share my skills. And I'm constantly growing my own skills as I try to keep up with the break-neck pace of advancement in this field.