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Hi I'm Robert

Born 1928; retired doctor; widower; two surviving children

About Me

I first met the missionaries in October 1954 and at once disagreed with them because EVERYBODY knew that EVERYTHING connected with Judaism and Christianity was centred in the Middle East. Although the Elders said God was in charge and could what he liked, I persisted in reading anti-Mormon literature; each time we met I said their story could not be true and repeated to them whatever I had read. Their answers always seemed to be better than my readings. Eventually, they suggested I should read some pro-Mormon literature and pray, both of which I did; gradually it all unfolded to me and I was baptised in November 1956. My wife was opposed for 34 years but then declared she knew the teachings were true and wanted to join which she did. We lost our elder son in 1984; neither our second son, nor our daughter joined. I worked as a GP in Pembroke from 1959 till 1992; my wife died in 2005.

Why I am a Mormon

The teachings of the church are correct, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God as is his successor today; the Book of Mormon is scripture although I have difficulties with some bits. I love the idea that no-one is paid for their duties; it fits in with Jesus' teachings and I love being within a group of people who are trying to do their best day by day.

How I live my faith

I attend meetings each Sunday as is expected of me and view Conference via satellite twice a year. I try to read something of the scriptures each day and watch church videos from time to time. Although friends tell me I am too old to fast, I do each month and contribute to the Fast Offering Fund. I contribute in other ways and go with the Missionaries as chaperon/driver one day a week; they are good for me. I keep to the dietary advice given to us and am sure this is good for my health. I try to help family, friends and neighbours and I think this also is good for me. I am fortunate also in having generally a cheerful personality. Since the death of my wife I have served in the Temple for ten weeks each year. I am planting a flower bed near our chapel and have a gardening project in the local cemetery.