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Hi I'm Rob

I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. My wife and I are about to leave on an 18 month mission in Ghana. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a son, a husband, a father and a grandfather! We have seven children and are expecting our sixth granchild in a few months. I've been a financial planner and life insurance broker for the last 28 years. We have just sold our business so that my wife and I could serve an 18 month mission in Ghana. One the weekends I enjoy watching Aussie Rules football either live or on TV. I enjoy playing sport, basketball was always a favourite which I stopped playing around age 50. These days my wife and I enjoy playing badminton once or twice a week with a social compition. We love the exercise and the people with whom we play. Out of hours I enjoy building things and am a bit of a handyman. The biggest project (in my younger days) was a house just outside of Ballarat. More recently, I built a glassed in deck at the back of our home. I also like making various pieces of furniture such as coffee tables, bookcases, a rather large entertainment unit and desks. I have always been a camper and enjoy the outdoors, hikking and taking the 4WD on trips. We have had some great holidays in the outback visting places like Ayres Rock, the Old Ghan railway, the Oodnadatta track, Cape York and Palm Valley. We also enjoyed some adventures in the Victorian High Country up around Omeo and Tom Groggin.

Why I am a Mormon

In the first place I am a Mormon because I was raised by loving parents who taught me to have faith in Jesus Christ and to have strong moral values. They were converts to the church before getting married way back in 1947. As I reached my latter teanage years I needed to decide for myself if I believed what my parents had been teahing me. Jesus taught and our church teaches that we have a loving Heavenly Father who will answer our prayers. I prayed to know if the things I had been taught were true. This led me to decide to serve a 2 year mission when I was 19 years old. This decisions blessed my life then and have continued to bless my life since. It taught me to trust in the Lord, which has given me the confidence to make decisions with family, with business and in all aspects of life knowing that I had a loving Father in Heaven that wants to bless us as we follow Him. Having the strong framework provided by gospel principles has helped to raise a family and made it easier to teach our children correct principles. Life is not always easy and is usually most difficult through our own mistakes. The knowledge that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us and wants us to live again with Him is a wonderful blessing. It is also wonderful to know that HIs son Jesus Christ is our Saviour and that through His atonement it is possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and weakenesses. I know that Jesus Christ died for us and overcame death so that we might also live again. I'm grateful that He has retored the same gospel and church to the earth that He organised when He lived upon the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Jesus continues to lead this, His church, through a living prophet today and that this will continue until He returns again to the earth in His glory.

How I live my faith

Over the I've had lots of opportunity to serve inside the church and in the community. I was involved in cubs and scouts as a leader in Ballarat for many years. I enjoyed scouting as a young man and it was rewarding being an adult leader. This was sparked when my eldest son became involved in a local cub pack. There have been lots of opportunity to serve in the church. I have spent many years leading youth programs. This has included working with the youth (young men) on a local level where we've done lots of camping and sports but also included teaching and helping the young men develop their faith and strong moral values. We would have weekly activities and monthly camps and other projects giving community service such as helping the aged with gardening or collecting for the Red Cross. I served on a more regional level for about 8 years