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Hi I'm Bob

I'm a physicist. I went to school at UCLA, Berkeley, and Los Alamos. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 45 years to a wonderful wife and mother. We have 7 children and 20 grandchildren. I have worked as a volunteer scouter with the Boy Scouts of America since 1986, 16 of those years as scoutmaster. I have taught dozens of scouts, camped overnight hundreds of times, and hiked hundreds of miles. Many of those scouts achieved Eagle rank including my three sons. I enjoy hiking, camping, golf, swimming, and being outdoors. I have stood on the top of many mountains, the tallest over 14,000 feet elevation. I enjoy teaching physics to students at a local university.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors have been Mormons for many years, almost since the founding of the Church in 1830, so I grew up as a Mormon. But as a teenager I had many questions and doubts. My local church leader asked me to serve as a missionary when I was 19, and I agreed to go to Germany because most of my friends were going on missions, and it was kind of expected by everyone I knew. I thought Germany would be an interesting place to live for a couple of years, and many famous physicists were German. As soon as I began serving as a missionary, I found out that I did not know very much about the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints even though I had gone to church my whole life. I felt uncomfortable telling others the church was true because I wasn't sure myself. I began studying in earnest to find out for myself about Jesus Christ and his atonement by reading the scriptures, talking to others who professed to believe, and praying. The confirmation that the gospel and Church are true came as dew distilling from heaven - little by little, almost imperceptibly, until I was more certain of the truth of the gospel than of any other knowledge. After many years of experience trying to live according to the commandments of God, I can truly say that I know that God loves me, is my Father in Heaven, that Christ is His Son, and that His atonement makes eternal life possible for everyone.

How I live my faith

I have served in the LDS Church all my life. As a young man, I was president of the group of young men my age. I tried to set a good example and help the others draw closer to God. I have served as a home teacher since I was 14. As an adult, I have served in my church in many ways, mostly ministering to others. I have worked with the young people in my church and community. I have enjoyed working in the scouting program to teach young men how to become good men. I have been a science fair judge.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Bob
I believe that the answer lies in the different roles men and women play in God's plan of salvation for his children. We lived with Father in Heaven before we were born, and we can return to live with him again after we die. We were male or female before we were born when we still lived with our Father in Heaven. And, we will be male or female after we die. In other words, I don't believe gender is a happenstance of birth. God created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and gave each of them an essential role in bringing to pass salvation for all his children. The role of the woman is to facilitate the transition from pre-earth life into mortality. Women do not need the priesthood to perform this essential function. The role of the man is to facilitate the transition from this life back into God's presence after we die. This requires each of us to participate in specific ordinances or covenants which can only be performed by one who holds the priesthood, which is the authority to represent God in making the covenants. So men hold the priesthood so they can perform their assigned role in the plan of salvation. Women do not need the priesthood to perform their assigned role. But note that neither can perform his or her role without the assistance of the other. No one is born without participation by both a man and a women, and no one makes covenants without being taught and prepared by both men and women. Show more Show less