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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a future MIT graduate. I'm a gamer, a musician, and a mathematician. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia but somehow found my way to Massachusetts and one of America's finest universities. I think I'll get a degree in applied mathematics someday, but I might end up going with pure math instead. Or maybe mechanical engineering. Or economics. Or computer science. Or music composition. I don't really have myself figured out yet. I'm the oldest of four boys, and I think I'm being a good example to them. If I'm not, at least I'm showing them what not to do! I've played the trumpet for eight years, including in jazz, concert, and marching bands in high school and in my college jazz ensemble, and I play a little piano as well. My other hobbies include video games (mostly Pokemon and Super Smash Bros., particularly the Brawl mod Project M), reading (Watership Down and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are probably my two favorite books, next to the Book of Mormon and the Bible), listening to music (mostly classic rock and video game soundtracks, although I dabble in everything), and sleeping, since I didn't get nearly enough of that at school! Oh, yeah, and I'll be leaving to serve a mission in Australia at the end of 2014. I'm really excited!

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were raised in this church, and they raised my brothers and me in this church as well. However, they didn't take it for granted that we would participate in church or even that we would believe what they did. Rather, they set an example for us by serving willingly when asked, even if it meant that they were constantly busy and had to set aside some of their hobbies for a time. They taught us to read our scriptures daily and to pray to God both for thanks and for help. They taught us to avoid substances, situations, and friends that could lead us down dark paths and to instead follow the light of Jesus Christ and the standards he has set forth for us. Now that I am older and a bit more independent, it's up to me to decide for myself whether what I've been taught is the truth or not. In this modern world, with all its questions and uncertainties, there are a few things that I know to be true. I know that my life has been happier, more productive, and more hopeful because of this church and its teachings. I know that I have felt the Holy Spirit testifying to me of the truth of this church as I have sought to act or "experiment" on its teachings. I know that my parents know that this is Jesus Christ's true church, and I know that I would be a very different person today if my parents had not known that truth. And, above all, I know that God gave us a plan, a plan only found in its entirety in this church, whereby we may live joyfully in His presence with our families forever, and that thought gives me more happiness and hope than any other. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One of the best things about my church is the opportunity that it gives me to serve. As a home teacher, it's my responsibility to check up on a few other families in my area each month and see how they're doing and what I can do to help them. This doesn't mean that I visit them just because I have to; instead, I visit them as a friend, someone genuinely concerned for their well-being, both spiritually and physically. Home teaching is such a great program because, if I do it regularly, I feel like I'm directly blessing the lives of those I teach. I can rejoice with them in their successes and help lift them up in their struggles; it's almost like I'm part of their extended family myself!