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Hi I'm Rob

I grew up in Oregon. I like to spend time with my family and friends. I strive to be the best I can be. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a lucky husband to a beautiful wife. I've got 3 three children and 1 on the way. I enjoy sports, reading, writing, building, gardening and lots of other stuff. And all these I like to do with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have received and continue to receive witnesses from our great Lord that this is where He wants me to be. He is a God of wisdom and reason. It is a passion of mine, after having found Him and promised to do His will, to seek out His wisdom and reason. Especially how it applies to me. One of the questions that I used to ask often is "Why hasn't he fixed me yet?" A simple and understandably self-centered question. The profound and liberating insight that I have gained because of my association with His church and the clarity of Gospel principles that I receive through it has brought me to the answer to that question and many others. Finally this Church has provided me with an avenue to correct my greatest flaw of all: arrogance. I have looked and I can't see a single institution other that the LDS Church that could have performed that miracle.

How I live my faith

I try to be obedient to the things God has said. I believe in Jesus Christ and I try to emulate his example. I work with the youth in my community and am blessed with opportunities to help guide them down a path that will lead to happiness and ultimately eternal life. I say that, but I have the feeling that my association with them is helping me to that end better than me helping them. I love my family and I try to apply the principles that Christ taught there first and then outward into the community as my personal capacity allows.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on? Nothing secret goes on in the temples. Like a lot of things in life that people hold sacred, we don't talk about temple worship much because temple worship is something we deeply care about and is a very personal experience. The training involved and the opportunity to participate in the pre-requisites to entering the temple are available to all. It would be like inviting a novice to participate in a professional hockey game. Even the most mature and open-minded athlete would be a hindrance to the game because they don't have the knowledge, experience or fraternity shared by all the other members of the team. A hockey parent is rarely allowed into the locker room when the coach is giving a speech. Everything in the temple is similarly participatory to one degree or another, including the marriage ceremony. Proper training and commitment restrictions apply. Another example - I study Shaolin Kung Fu. I know that there are many events, history, stories and locations that I am not currently allowed to participate in, hear or see because I'm not at the point in my training. I might have some hard feelings if I wanted to see a sibling of mine go through a master level rank review, but I'd understand. Its not yet for my eyes. I can see how someone unfamiliar with these practices might take real offense, but it makes perfect since to me. Show more Show less