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Hi I'm Robert

I am a convert to the Church who grew up in Indiana. I retired as a professor of HRD and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband of forty-seven years and the father of four children. Those four children have blessed my wife and I with 10 grandchildren. I have spent 36 years as an educator. I served my country in the U.S. Navy. In addition I attended carpenter apprentice school and am a journeyman carpenter and used to build houses for a living. Since retiring my wife and I have enjoyed some travel as we visit children living away from our general location. My wife and I will be serving a mission for the Church from August 5, 2013 until February 5, 2015. In that capacity we will be teaching Institute of Religion classes.

Why I am a Mormon

Missionaries from our Church found my wife and I and taught us the Gospel. Although it may be difficult for someone to understand, as I pursued an intellectual source confirming what I was being taught, it was truly the Spirit of the Lord that assured me that those teachings were true and that Joseph Smith did indeed restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. Although neither my family nor my wife's family had members that joined the Church they have recognized in us a significant difference from our past. I have found that over the years my testimony of the Gospel has developed in many ways. From an initial belief that what the missionaries were teaching to be true to a more mature understanding of the various precepts of the Gospel and their truthfulness. I have discovered that each and every commandment has a purpose as one develops in this life. This life is a learning experience and a preparatory state to help all of God's children return to Him if they but seek Him and follow His commandments. Among my greatest joys in life is Church service. Sunday is my favorite day of the week and I dearly love going to Church and seeing everyone on Sunday. As we have one grandson serving a mission we enjoy hearing from him weekly and recognize the growth he is experiencing. As he is in a foreign mission we have had the added blessing of sharing our testimonies with him in the language of his mission. It is great to know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is universal with members throughout the world accepting the message. For those seeking to know whether to consider the Church and its message I direct you to a scripture in the Book of Mormon wherein we are told, paraphrasing, that we need only ask God if the things we are seeking truth about are indeed true and by the power of the Holy Ghost we can know the truth of all things. It is that simple. I applied the test and you can as well. May God bless you for taking the time to read this profile.

How I live my faith

I have served in many Church positions over the years. Teaching in one capacity or another has been a large part of my Church service wherein I have taught primary children as well as adults. In addition I have served as a Bishop as well as a Bishop's counselor. In my community I have served as a CASA volunteer and on my city's Child Care Advisory Committee. I have also served in various board positions for state and regional professional associations including President of a state adult education association. As a university faculty member I served on our local Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.