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Hi I'm Rob

I'm a member of the US Navy. I run for Collegiate Division One Track and Field and Cross Country programs. I"m a Mormon.

About Me

There really isn't that much to me; I consider myself to be a pretty simple guy. I go to school, go to church, I like to run, and I play the piano. I started playing the piano when I was 10 and I really hated it at first. It wasn't until I was about 12 that I realized how much fun it was and fell in love with it. I ended up working for the studio I took lessons at by teaching piano and playing in occasional gigs around the state. As a child I wasn't what you would call very healthy or athletic. I played soccer and devoted most of my time to it, and I thought I was getting pretty good. My freshman year of high school I tried out for the team...and then I got cut. Then I discovered running. I joined the track team and fell in love with the sport and the people. I was too competitive for my own good and quickly rose to the top of my team and ultimately ended up getting recruited to run in college. Through high school I was involved in politics, holding state and city level offices. Growing up I had always been interested in serving in the military, and my dream came true when I was recruited for the United States Naval Academy. Even though I accomplished my dream, I will be putting it on hold to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. I grew up in it, and have always had loving parents to guide me along. During all of this part though, I liked it, loved it, but never was really converted. When I was about 17 years old I made some decisions that were contrary to the beliefs of the Church, and wen't down a path that really wasn't where I should be. I saw the contrast in my life - how I felt how everything went in general, and honestly I wasn't happy in the same way. When I chose to go down the path of repentance and humble myself before God I immediately saw the difference. Life was so much better, I was happier, I had more opportunities, and honestly it was all great. The reason everything was so great was because I knew that I was living how God wanted me to and blessing me because of it. Today I'm a Mormon because I know that this is God's true church on Earth. This is where he wants us to be. I know that the Holy Spirit will guide me as I live my life, making crucial decisions, and that the Church will be the best environment for my future family.

How I live my faith

I absolutely love church. It's so great. With a week of listening to constant profanity, being surrounded by complete chaos, church is the place to escape, recuperate, and really focus on my connection with God. In church I play the organ for the congregation every Sunday. It's a really good feeling to know that you're actively contributing to the spirit that the congregation can feel. After the first part of the meeting, I go and play piano for the children's Sunday School classes. The feeling that you get when you see the kids' faces light up, or hear a small voice singing along when you start playing is really incomparable. Outside of Church it's a lot harder to have the same experience that I do at church, so it takes a lot more effort. On a basic level it's just living by the commandments and staying true to my standards. Don't swear, don't drink, don't do drugs, don't drink coffee, etc. What really makes the difference though is that people notice this behavior, because it's not exactly commonplace. This leads to them asking questions, and giving me a chance to share my faith with them. I tell them what I believe, why I believe it, and always try to give them both an example and an invitation. It also makes me really happy to know that I'm doing what God wants me to. I end every day by reading my scriptures and saying a prayer, and this let's me communicate with God, to let him know what I feel is important, and vice versa.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

In Matthew (28:16) we see the Savior telling his disciples to go forth and teach everyone. So at the most basic level you can view it as a commandment. But it really goes much deeper than that. I'll be serving a mission this coming summer, so I guess I'll go into why I made that decision. In my life the Gospel of Jesus Christ has made such an immense difference. When I fell down it helped me get back up. It has given me lifelong friends and a strong family center to lean on. To sum it up, it's given me pure joy and happiness, along with the knowledge that I can be saved with my family for all eternity. With all of this, I have peace and comfort with that joy. When I see somebody else, I want them to be able to experience that same kind of peace, comfort and joy. I share the gospel with others, and chose to serve a mission, so that others can experience the same kind of happiness in my life, in their lives. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Christ is probably the most crucial thing to our salvation here on Earth. Honestly, it probably means something slightly different to every person, so I'll say what it means to me. The actual action of the Atonement was when Christ went into the Garden of Gethsemane and took upon himself the sins of the world. Without this, none of us would be able to return to our Father in Heaven as no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. The main thing that this did is it gave us the chance to lean on Christ and be forgiven of our sins. This isn't to say we won't be held accountable, but if we ask God, in the name of His Son, then our sins will no longer be remembered on the records of Heaven. My favorite thing about the Atonement is how it affects my daily life. Not only did Christ take upon himself all of the sins of the world, but He took upon Himself all of the pain, and all of the sorrow that was ever here on the Earth. Because of this, He knows us better than any of us know ourselves. If I'm ever having a bad day, if I'm hurting, if I just need help, I know that because of the Atonement I can ask for help and be comforted. I can feel God's love and feel His presence with me, and it will help me through whatever I am going through. That is what the Atonement of Christ is to me. Show more Show less