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Hi I'm Robert Pitford

I grew up on a farm in northeast Missouri. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was four years old my family moved from California to Missouri in the middle of WWll. I graduated from high school and at age 20 I joined the U.S. Navy, for six years, where I received training in electronics. After I was discharged I got married and we raised six daughters. I pursued a vocation in electronics. My wife and I joined the church in 1971. It has added much happiness, peace and stability to my life. I retired in 2002 and my wife and I were temple workers for several years. She passed away in 2006 of post polio syndrome. I remarried in 2008. We served a Family History Mission in 2012-2013 and we are looking forward to serving again.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, a key factor in my conversion was when the missionaries taught me about my relationship to my Heavenly Father, that I lived in His presents as His spirit son and at birth that part of me was united with my physical body and I became a living soul. That was new doctrine for me but I knew that it was true as soon as I heard it. Then they taught me about the kind of life we can have after this earth life is over. Based on the atonement of Jesus Christ and my faithfulness in keeping the commandments I can spend eternity with my family including my ancestors and descendants. We will be resurrected as immortal beings and will spend eternity somewhere. I want to spend eternity with my family and that motivates me to try to be a little better each day. I know that the church Christ organized when he was on the earth, with the true doctrine taught by him and his apostles and the ordinances administered by his authority, has been restored in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have had a number of opportunities to serve in the church. Each congregation is lead by a president or Bishop and two counselors. I served as counselor two different times. Also, each organization within the congregation is lead by a president and two counselors. I have served as president of the men’s organization on two occasions. I have also served as clerk, executive secretary and home teacher. Recently my wife and I served an eighteen month full-time mission teaching family history. Each of the callings has increased my faith in Jesus Christ. Much of the time I have felt inadequate to do the job but as I have worked and tried to do my best I have gained confidence because I know that He will help me.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Robert Pitford
The purpose of Church welfare is to promote self-reliance and to care for and serve the poor and needy. For assistance, recipients are encouraged to work (when able) so that they are blessed and can bless the lives of others. Work is a guiding principle in the Church's welfare program. Show more Show less