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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a recent graduate of BYU-Idaho. I write books for fun, and I'm going into the Army. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in communications, and am in the process of enlisting in the Army. When I have the time, I write and film stories of my own making, though I'm married with two little boys and another baby on the way, so time is a little hard to come by. I run a small blog and try to fulfill church assignments along the way as well, and when I have a little 'extra' time, I like to draw. I've lived in eight states, worked in a whole variety of grunt- and entry-level jobs, and read more books than will fit in most rooms (or apartments), and I hope someday something I've written will help change someone's life for the better.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for generations now, and I was brought up in that tradition, as most children are, to follow in the footsteps of my parents. My father, in particular, was instrumental in shaping my testimony because he had an inquisitive mind, and loved to think about gospel concepts in relation to everyday topics. Over the course of time, though, I have come to my own convictions in the gospel and in the Church. There were no particular moments, for me; unlike many of those around me, my testimony has come so slowly, in so many different scattered moments of time, that trying to pinpoint any defined steps is probably futile, but I will testify that the convictions came. I have come to realize, the more I study in college, and the more I grow through life, that there are a great many more things I do not know in this world than there are that I have learned. Perhaps that is simply the nature of learning and growth. But what I do know, I know with every fiber of my soul. This Church to which I belong is the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. It bears His name and its leaders speak with His voice. That's probably bolder than many are comfortable with, but it is nonetheless true, and it is an important part of understanding the Church and its members. I, and most of those I know, are not part of the Church because it's convenient, or popular, or habitual, or easy, because most of the time, being a Mormon is not any of those things. I am a Mormon because I know that it is the Lord's kingdom here upon the earth, and I want to serve and move that kingdom forward in whatever small way I can.

How I live my faith

I'm not currently asked to serve in the Church, but I have found that bringing the mindset and the perspective of the gospel and our Lord into the rest of my life, particularly in the things I've been learning in school and trying to apply in my professional life, has been a remarkable experience for me. I'm not sure if I could point to anything specific that has changed because of my faith, but I know it helps me look at things a little differently. It helps me see the light beyond the darkness and dirt this world has so much of, and allows me to get up and get on with life in spite of the challenges that come. Mostly, I think of it as a lens through which I see the world. It lives inside as a reminder of why I keep on doing the things that I am doing, and allows me to see through others' imperfections to what could be in a way that nothing else has really ever offered me. I am not always the perfect disciple any more than any of us are, but I have found that when I remember that the Savior walks beside me, I am a more patient father, a kinder husband, a harder worker, and a better friend. Living my faith is, in part, a measure of speaking with the Lord every night and morning, of studying the scriptures every day, and attending meetings, but it is far more about the way those things help me behave during the day. When I stop to read my little boy a book or remember to do something for my wife that I usually forget, when I stop to help a stranger instead of driving by, I think that is when I really live my faith. I don't do it every day, unfortunately--but every day I'm trying.