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Hi I'm Robert Gates

I'm a thinker. I enjoy math and science. I love doing service for others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of four, and I'm the fifth in my immediate family to be called to serve an LDS mission. I enjoy making things. I fold origami, crochet, simple woodworking projects, and I'm teaching myself to draw and to paint. I ran cross country in high school, I participated in FIRST robotics, and I learned martial arts. I worked as a surveyor for half a year to pay for my mission. I enjoy reading and I've tried writing but I'm not very good yet. I'm a bass when it comes to singing, and I play some piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a Mormon each and every day of my life. For me, being a Mormon is far more than membership in a church or having a specific set of beliefs, it's living the best way I can. I believe in this gospel not just because I prayed to know if the teachings were true, but because living according to the standards of my faith makes me a better person. I was born and raised in this church and did my best to live obedient to the commandments of God. When I was a teenager my family and advisers told me to take the challenge found at the back of the Book of Mormon to pray to know if what I had been taught my entire life was true. The answer I received was not one I expected. What I got after a week or so was like a quiet rebuke that conveyed something like "Robert, you already are trying to live the Gospel, you won't know any better that it's true if you receive some big spiritual experience than what you already know just from trying to live it. Stop asking." It reminded me of a scripture from the Bible, James 2:17-18. 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. And that's why I believe, because my works, not just believing in the LDS church but trying to live as a Mormon is worth it.

How I live my faith

I'm currently a co-chair for a service committee in my ward. I help organize and lead service projects in my ward and area from yard maintenance to visiting retirement homes to blood drives. Shortly I will be serving a two year LDS mission which I look forward to. I've never been given a teaching role in my church, but I do my best to participate as much as I can in my lessons.