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Hi I'm Rob Goulding

I was born and raised in rural Utah. My professional career as a high school administrator spans 34 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest interest is my wife and family. We have 6 children; all are married and have children. With 23 1/2 grandchildren from ages 0 to 19 years of age, we have an annual family reunion with just our kids and grandkids. These are the highlight of the year for us. Four of our children live nearby, so we get together for every birthday we can. I served in the USAF four years, graduated from three universities and spent 34 years working in education. My wife and I have lived in three countries; Mexico, Spain, and Samoa, and we will live the next 18 months in Chile. We love to golf, hike, cook, garden and learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were inactive members of the LDS church and I grew up in a small rural Utah town where everyone was a member. Because of my parents ambivalence to the church, I was a member in name only for many years. Following a four-year stint in the US Air Force, I attended university and met my future wife who, as a member, helped bring me back to the church. Later, I began to teach school and associate with a couple who had a great deal of influence on me. They were strong, active members in the church and they had a spirit about them that we were drawn to. Within a couple of years, I developed my own testimony of different facets of the gospel beginning with living the word of wisdom, paying tithing, reading the Book of Mormon, and the importance of strengthening my family by attending church and having our children baptized. Soon we were given callings in our local ward. We eventually went to the temple and were sealed as a family for time and eternity by one who holds the keys and authority to perform that sacred ordinance. Since those early days of my conversion, I have read the scriptures many times, attended the temple, listened to and read latter-day scriptures from our Prophet Joseph Smith and today's Prophet (Thomas S. Monson) and most importantly, I have prayed to Heavenly Father to instill in me a testimony of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I know without any uncertainty that these things are all true. Our Heavenly Father has answered my myriad prayers and I know that He lives. One cannot look at anything in this world without seeing evidence of His hand. The Book of Mormon is true, no doubt about that. I have joy in my life because I have a testimony of Christ and his atonement which helps me overcome my sins and weaknesses and press on day-to-day in this troubled world.

How I live my faith

In my LDS ward, I currently serve as the executive secretary to the bishop. This requires several hours each week to set appointments, attend meetings, assign duties to members, follow up, and keep records. Additionally, I am a priesthood bearer and a home teacher. I take my assignment as home teacher seriously and I make the effort to know about the families I am assigned and show interest in them by remembering birthdays or other special occasions and making regular visits to teach a gospel principle. I have served a in variety of church callings in 50 plus years as a member. In fact, as an active member, I have never been without an assignment or calling. My family loves to do genealogy work and "connect the dots" by doing temple work for those ancestors who did not have the opportunity to do their own while alive. My wife and I have recently been called to serve an eighteen month mission for the church in Chile (Santiago). This will be our third mission. We also served 18 month missions in Spain and Samoa. I sing and play guitar and am often asked to perform at weddings, funerals, reunions, and other community venues such as the annual Peach Days and the county fair. I have recorded two CDs of country music and have plans to do one of gospel music.