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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up in Louisiana and Texas. Living in various small and large towns gave me wonderful memories. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the middle child of five that my parents raised. The family moved around a bit while my father was in the Air Force until he retired to take care of my Mom who developed major health problems. My parents were amazing - my Mom who endured physical issues and my Dad with great sacrifice for the family and love for her. Though there were challenges I had a good childhood learning from my parents and other relatives the meaning of love and caring for others. I was blessed to attend college and to receive a degree and as it turned out I was the only one in the family to receive a degree. I do not consider myself better or smarter then my sisters and brother as their paths took them elsewhere. Cutting grass while in high school provided spending money but is was something I always enjoyed even in the hot, humid South. Usually each year we have had a small garden. Over the years I have become a handyman at home - painting, repairing cracks in walls, minor electrical repairs, renovations, etc. Seems like there has always been a list in my mind of things to do. My employment was both challenging and enjoyable. Challenging in the type and scope of projects assigned. Enjoyable in that challenges create the opportunity to learn and grow through experiences. I became accustomed to change as some projects required relocation, a different work environment and people personalities. Looking back - challenges, joy and change have made me a much better person and more understanding.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my belief in Jesus Christ. I grew up attending different churches depending on where we lived at the time. The way they worshiped may varied but they all taught of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. When my Mother was healthy she would dress us up and see that we were at church on Sunday. Following her illness she was no longer able to walk thus unable to attend church services. From her example I would attend services most every Sunday with her support. Her example as well as that of her family with their deep religious beliefs instilled in me the importance of attending church. Through sermons that I listened to and lessons received in Sunday school I developed a basic understanding of Heavenly Father and gospel of Jesus Christ. From the Bible I learned that we are literarily sons and daughters of Heavenly Father and that Christ is our brother. Principles, doctrine and commandments were given for us to live by. All of this proved to be preparatory to my becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following my freshman year of college I was invited by a friend to attend a meeting with him and two Mormon Elders who were teaching him. As I sat in the meeting they taught of the priesthood of God, prophets, apostles and seventies. The Elders taught that Christ organized His Church which included the call of twelve apostles. During that first meeting and a meeting the next day I felt the Spirit confirm the teachings that I received of the Restoration of Christ's Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I knew without a doubt that this was true - I knew that I had been prepared for this day when the Gospel would be taught to me. My first lesson was on Thursday and two days later I was baptized. I would like to bare my testimony that though my conversion to Christ's Church was quick, I know the Church is true and have never, ever thought otherwise. The Lord prepared me through from my youth to receive His gospel.

How I live my faith

Following my conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I soon learned that the Church had a lay ministry (non-paid). Being a shy person, at first this was a challenge for me to stand before people to speak in Sacrament or teach a lesson. With the testimony that Christ is the head of the Church and faith in Him, in each calling to serve and request to speak in Sacrament I would step forward and just do it. Over the years I am still somewhat nervous but as I prepare for my assignment I know that I will be guided by the Spirit in all that I do. I have been blessed to serve in many callings - teacher, youth leader, scout leader, leader in the men's priesthood organizations, assistant clerk, executive secretary to the bishop, councilor in bishoprics, a bishop and service to other congregations. Each calling is a calling to serve. They are callings in which you give of yourself and time for the blessing of others. I and my family have been blessed by others as they have served and taught us. As an elder in the Church, I have been assigned with another priesthood holders to visit families each month. As we visit we provide a brief lesson and check on the families to see if there is anything that we can be of assistance with. Blessings are given to those who request it for illnesses or other needs. It is not uncommon to have the opportunity for service in the community and for Church members through service projects that range from clean up following storms, painting homes, home repairs, etc. A blessing that my wife and I now enjoy in our retirement years is to continue in the Lord's service as senior couple missionaries. We have already served an eighteen month mission and shortly will begin our second eighteen month mission. Our time is the Lord's time, we pray that as we continue to serve we can lift those who need comforting, teach those who need Christ in their lives and to be where the Lord needs us as we strive to do His will.