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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a scientist - and a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in California, USA, I graduated high school and camped out at Sea World's personnel office until they gave me a job! I worked as a deckhand on the hydrofoil boat rides that circled Mission Bay in San Diego during the 70's. After a year of saving money, I received a call to serve a full-time mission in Seoul, South Korea. Since visas were tightly restricted, my mission assignment was changed to Tokyo, Japan just two weeks before my scheduled departure. I love Japan and the Japanese people! After my two year mission, I attended Brigham Young University to study Medical Technology and Microbiology, met my sweetheart, married and started a family. After graduation, I worked for a few years as a respiratory therapist, then as a laboratory manager for 30 years. I finished my career with three years as a Quality Consultant for the local hospital. Now retired, I look forward to time with family and serving another full-time mission with my wife; we have been assigned to the Philippines Quezon City North mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family and was taught about Jesus and God's plan of happiness when I was a child. I was baptized just after I turned 8 years old and became an official member of the Mormon church. It was not until I was a teenager, after visiting other denominations with friends and discovering the good works of their congregations, that I felt the need to know which church was truly led by Jesus Christ. So, I undertook an experiment; recognizing that spiritual things can only be discerned by spiritual eyes, I felt that I needed a spiritual answer. So I followed the pattern that people of faith have always used to get answers - I studied to learn God's word, then pondered upon what I had learned, drawing conclusions that made sense to me. I then went to God in prayer to ask for a spiritual confirmation that my conclusions were correct. It did not come quickly and it did not come while I was praying, but between times, as I went about my daily activities, I would feel a comforting reassurance about some aspect of my questions. As one brick is added to another and another to form a strong building, these spiritual reassurances built upon each other until I eventually realized that my conclusions were correct and consistent with God's will in my life. I continue to feel these assurances as I seek to follow the Savior.

How I live my faith

As a teenager, I came to the realization that the important things in life are always motivated by love. I have found that every decision in life is easier to make when we base our conclusion on what is best for those we love. I feel great when I serve my family, community and church simply because I want to show love for others. It was love that motivated Jesus Christ to sacrifice his life to save us all. I hope to follow his example in whatever service I can give for my family, community and church.