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Hi I'm Bob

Born and raised in Massachusetts and no, I don't have an accent. You have an accent and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a covert to The Church of 52 + years. Missionaries knocked on our door in Erlangen Germany at the end of November 1962. Told them to come back after the holidays as Christmas was no time to talk about religion. On 1 January 1963 they returned. Six weeks later I was able to say "I'm a Mormon." I will be eternally grateful to those young men who brought the truth to us. I was smoking three packs of cigarettes a day when they arrived and both my wife and I were getting involved with alcohol. I firmly believe those young elders saved my life. Slowly, but surely, over the years, I adopted other Gospel teachings, thus adding other blessings in my life. Fulfilling Church assignments assisted me in developing talents I never imagined I possessed. I remember my first Sacrament Meeting speaking assignment. Public speaking was something that had always scared me to death. I was the concluding speaker and during the rest hymn literally prayed that it would never end. It did, I survived and today I delight in speaking in Church meetings. I've learned the joy of service. Thanks to Church assignments I've learned how one develops a deep love for others that will last through the eternities. That was especially learned while serving missions. Help provided by living the Gospel has been indispensable in my life. I am convinced I would not be alive today were it not for the teachings provided through the Gospel and especially, my willingness to follow them.

Why I am a Mormon

In a way I feel I was a little cheated when I joined The Church. As the Elders taught, the message seemed to make so much sense. I just accepted it as true and have never turned back. I feel cheated because now I am serving as a missionary and encountering many who I encourage to pray about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith in order to gain a testimony, when I never had to do so to gain my testimony. Oh, there have been other prayer experiences that filled the original void, but for teaching investigators I have no original experience to relate. The thing that convinced me to join was Eternal Marriage. We'd been married one year. I already knew the power love had to grow. Discovering there was a built in divorce in our marriage was very disturbing, so to learn that our marriage could be sealed for time and all eternity was the convincing point in my decision making process. Now, 52 years later, the further realization of love's ability to grow stronger and stronger has convinced me even more as to the wisdom of joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We served our first mission in Albania. Upon leaving the Missionary Training Center, the last counsel they gave was "You will be as sad leaving your mission as you will be as happy to go home." My attitude was, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, just let me get out of here, get this over with and get on with my life." They nailed it. We left a huge portion of our heart in Vlora, Albania. In addition to serving as a Branch President, I was able to give Patriarchal Blessings to 44 of those special people. Eternal friendships were formed that, thanks to modern technology, remain alive and well five years later. Through Church service I have learned to love people and love serving them. I know this Gospel is true. I know I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and wants me to return to His presence and I know I want to return to Him and I know the path to true happiness is through living the Gospel.

How I live my faith

I remember very early in my Church membership (and I am not proud of this), one night I prayed that the Lord would make me rich. No philanthropic reason, I just wanted more. Weeks later the Bishop offered me a call to be over Young Men organization. I declined, stating that I needed the evening hours to work (become rich). Other callings were eventually offered. Those I accepted. Three years later, this same bishop had me called to be his 2 nd councilor. This time I accepted. I was becoming a little more service oriented. Nine months later the Bishop was called to the Stake Presidency. I was called as the new bishop. Suddenly, the most important thing in my life was serving the Lord in whatever capacity He requested. My work responsibilities came in second to my Church service. In that year my income tripled. From that experience and other opportunities provided I have learned the joys of serving in The Church and living a life that exemplifies gospel principles. I've served as a Branch President, Bishoprics, as a Bishop, High Councilor, 24 years (with a brief hiatus in the middle where I was again a bishops councilor) as a councilor in the Stake Presidency, Patriarch, Counselor in the Boston, Massachusetts Temple Presidency, 2 missions and hopefully, I'm not done yet. I am convinced the greatest way to live one's faith is through example, especially when doing so provides blessings one can use as illustrations in teaching others the joy of living Gospel principles and teachings.