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Hi I'm Rob

I am a husband and a father, an educator and amateur musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am foremost a husband and a father. My wife and I have six children who are now married and have children of their own. I am a high school science teacher who has mentored new teachers in an inner-city high school for the last nine years. This experience of serving my community in education is a very rewarding part of my life. When I was eight years old, my parents let me start taking piano lessons if I promised to practice until I learned to play the church hymns. They knew that pianists and organists are sometimes hard to come by especially if church congregations are small. At ten and a half years of age, I played the hymns for the weekly church meeting called “priesthood meeting.” Then, at age 13, after three lessons on the organ, I began playing the organ for the congregation’s Sunday meetings. Since then, I have periodically played the piano for choirs, and on a few occasions played the organ for Sunday meetings. Both the piano and the organ have allowed me to serve in a unique way and to express my feelings in music. I enjoy gardening, and taking care of the yard, trees, and plants. There is something very positive about working with the soil and nurturing seeds, sprouts, and small trees so that they grow and eventually produce vegetables and fruit. Much about life is the same: it is a process of careful nurturing, growing, and achieving success.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born of Mormon parents, I had to walk my own path of conversion. It started when I was about eight years old, attending a Sunday meeting in a small, rural town in Northern Arizona. Just before we partook of the sacrament or communion, the congregation sang about Jesus’ sufferings on the cross. I could feel that the people believed deeply what they were singing about the Savior. Then, as an eleven-year old, I was impressed by the Old Testament stories of Joseph who was sold into Egypt and of Daniel who was taken into Babylon. Both remained true to their faith; both prayed and were helped by God. These Bible stories planted a seed in my heart that my prayers could be answered and that God could help me. In my last years of high school, I read much about my Mormon faith and found it to have close ties to the New Testament like having prophets and apostles, a profound belief in Jesus’ actual divinity and a reliance on Jesus’ atonement to save us from death and sin. Learning about Jesus’ mortal life and mission, His sufferings and death and resurrection, was an essential part of my preparation to gain my own testimony of my church. Also, I found that having a prophet in our own day, like Joseph Smith, was consistent with the Holy Scriptures, and a confirmation that God still works today as He did in times past. After this reading and study, I prayed with great faith and received my own confirmation that Jesus lives today and that His Church is on the earth.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is to be a good family member, to be honorable, and to serve others with kindness. My work in the Church has included a few years as cub master and scoutmaster, as well as a leader of a congregation. The Bible's Sermon on the Mount, and the Book of Mormon scriptures, teach me to obey God’s commandments with a sincere heart and to serve others, while being a faithful husband and a loving father. Trying to live up to this standard has brought me joy and helped me create a safe and supportive home for my precious wife and for my children and grandchildren. When I was 19 years old, I served a mission for my Church in Bolivia for two years, speaking Spanish and learning enough Aymara to communicate simply with the indigenous native people of the Andes and Altiplano near LaPaz. We honored their heritage, much of which was Catholic and native traditions, and we shared with them our beliefs and our friendship. The old and the young were anxious to meet us and talk with us about many topics including our Church. Many of the men knew some Spanish, but most of the women only knew their native language of Aymara. The boys and girls were learning Spanish in their schools. Many of the families farmed. Producing crops at 12,000 feet altitude is arduous and many families grew small potatoes and quinoa. Some families had llamas or alpacas used mostly for their fiber (like wool), but also as pack animals, and for meat. I am grateful I had the opportunity to live among these good people, to be their friend, and to share my beliefs in Jesus Christ, the Bible, and The Book of Mormon.