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Hi I'm Robert

I grew up in the United States of America, I love to run and I'm happy to say I'm a Mormon. :-)

About Me

I am married and have five children, which means that I am busy with both family life and work. I work as an air traffic controller and have done so since 1997. I really enjoy running, especially going on long runs on Saturday mornings. I've run five half-marathons and have done three 10-mile trail challenges for charity, plus a 15-mile endurance run. Another interest I have is rocketry, though it's been a few years since I've been able to build a rocket. I've lived in several different states in the USA, plus I've lived in Europe and visited several European countries. In 2012 my wife and I, along with two of my children took a tour up to the top of The Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) in London to see the clock's inner works as it struck 12:00...that was amazing.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the Church in 1996. I didn't grow up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor did my family attend church. In fact, I am the only member of the Church in my family. All I knew as a child was that Jesus loved me and that God made us; things I had just learned from what people said and what my grandma occasionally mentioned. Then I met my wife. She was a member of the Church, though I didn't know what a Mormon was when I heard people say that she was one. She never pushed it on me or even tried to get me to go to church with her. I knew she went to a church and I enjoyed hearing the uplifting music she would play in her car and at her apartment. Her life seemed so safe and happy, compared to the life I had been living. She also had a lot of gospel-related books lying around, so I started to thumb through them. I asked her on one occasion if I could go to church with her as I wanted to understand her a little better. She took me along on a Sunday and I decided that I wanted to become part of her church. I wanted to have a life that provided happiness, safety, stability and love, and that's exactly what I saw in her life and in her church. I told her that I wanted the missionary discussions so that I could be baptized. I knew that the gospel was true and that the Church was where I needed and wanted to be. My testimony grew from there and it continues to grow today.

How I live my faith

I hold a special calling in my local ward--I am the 1st Counselor in the Young Men presidency. That means that I have the opportunity to teach, and learn with, our young men (aged 12-18) every Sunday. In class we learn about Christ and various principles of the gospel, such as repentance, forgiveness and the resurrection. We also meet once each week in the evening to participate in various activities to enjoy time together in a less formal setting. Activities range from lessons in cooking to learning of other religions to understanding the importance of setting a budget--the possibilities are limitless. I say it's a special calling because I get to learn with the young men and watch them grow in their testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ.