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Hi I'm Bobby

I grew up in the United States. I love to make and play music. I'm serving a mission in Puerto Rico. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a senior at Dixie High School, in southern Utah. I play the saxophone, trumpet, piano, euphonium, and I'm now teaching myself the cello. I love to play and listen to jazz and classical music, jazz especially. I was on the swim team through high school and even though the season is over I love to swim still. I swam the butterfly and the backstroke. I'm an eagle scout, and love to go to mutual (youth activity night) with my friends in my ward. I enjoy taking seminary (a religious study class) during my sometimes trying school days. I am preparing to serve a mission starting July eighteenth, in the Puerto Rico, San Juan, spanish speaking mission. I'm very excited to go, and I am trying to prepare myself well in the remaining time I have.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but my conversion didn't happen fully until I got my patriarchal blessing (a special blessing given by God through a patriarch, and is unique for everyone). I got it because I was worrying about what to do with my life career wise, I stressed and prayed and felt like I should get my blessing. I fasted a couple days before getting it and remembered praying specifically to find an occupation that would support my family and in which I could do good. I went in to get my blessing and met the patriarch for the first time in my life, he didn't know anything about me or why I was worrying. He began and in my blessing the exact wording I had used in my prayer was used to assure me. I knew God had heard my prayers and that the church was true. Since then I've stumbled and had rough times but I will always know the truth and I will always strive to keep the commandments and be a member of the true church. I have had hundreds of other smaller but equally true experiences, I feel the spirit testify that it's true, and I feel the positive blessings in my life constantly. I may not have a huge assurance each day, but I have enough faith to see the longer term blessings along with the immediate.

How I live my faith

I mentioned taking seminary before, It is a wonderful way to learn, grow, and live the faith. I am currently serving as the seminary class president, this calling asks me to be an example, greet the other kids, get the class started on time (usually the most challenging part) and look out for the needs of others. It is a joy to be able to help and I try to do my best without seeming stuck up. In seminary we learn about the promised blessings we get when we stay close to the Lord through constant prayer and scripture study, I have incorporated this daily and I can promise that those blessings are real. I feel the spirit influencing my life, and my attitude when I am keeping up on these things. I also take me and my two younger brothers out to church each week. We are the only ones currently at home who can make it each Sunday, but our parents' examples in the past and the knowledge of the spirit we feel each week keeps us all waking up and going together. We have a meeting as a ward where we take the sacrament, which I have the opportunity to bless it with the other priests, and listen to talks given by ward members. We also have Sunday school classes where we study a section of the scriptures, then we have a meeting with the priests (sixteen to seventeen year old boys who hold the priesthood). Afterwards I sing bass in the ward choir (honestly the choir practices are my favorite part of Sundays). Then I go home and spend some well needed time with my family before going to a mission prep class that includes learning Spanish. I try not to just feel that spiritual motivation on Sundays, I try to help influence in seminary but also with my friends. We try to go to the temple every week and that helps us in the week, but it also helps to be able to converse about the gospel anytime I'd like with my friends and not have to worry what they think because I know that it's true, and they do too.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Bobby
Temples are the house of God on the earth, in God's temples we preform the sacred ordinances required for salvation, we do this for both the living and the dead that haven't had the chance. Temples are also a place where the spirit can teach us one on one, in them members can hear the still small voice clearly without the hustle and bustle of the world and learn eternal truths. Satan cannot enter the temple (he doesn't have a temple recommend). God has asked all members to be worthy of a temple recommend and to attend the temple as often as circumstances will permit. Show more Show less