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Hi I'm Rob

I grew up in the Church. I still consider myself a convert to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a father of five.

About Me

I love anything to do with Gospel discussion and teaching. I'm also talented in Web development and social media strategy. I enjoy gardening and being a sometimes-musician in a cover band. I'm active in Boy Scout leadership and I enjoy outdoor activities. Something unique about me is that I practically grew up in a library, my mother being the library director during my childhood. I knew the Dewey Decimal system well enough to shelve books and help customers for her at the ripe old age of 8. She is a remarkable woman who has cerebral palsy, but that didn't stop her from going to mainstream schools, getting her Master's degree, becoming the director of the library, and raising funds toward building a new library to replace an aging and crumbling building. My wife and I met on the Internet before the Web existed. She was a recent convert at the time. We were platonic friends for four years, each of us dating other individuals. She wrote me regularly as I served an LDS mission. After I got home, we decided to be married, but only after she served her mission also. This was a blessing because it put us on equal spiritual and experiential footing. We've been married 17 years, have five children, and now look forward to grandchildren (in another 10-15 more years) and many, many more years together.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into a multi-generational Mormon family, I still made my own decision as to whether I would join and continue in the Church. I distinctly remember my parents, at all stages of my conversion, reminding me that it was my decision to make these promises and commitments. Being a "lifetime" member of the Church is certainly not without its challenges. The difficulties and temptations of this world fall upon everyone, regardless of their spiritual state, wealth, status, education, or family situation.

How I live my faith

I live my faith "out loud", sharing it with anyone who is interested and adding it to conversations with total strangers. I believe it is by respectfully sharing our beliefs that we truly get to know a person. I love to teach church classes, whether it be the youngest children, teens, or adults because I'm the one who gets to learn the most through preparing the lesson.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think some call the Mormon Church a cult for the same reasons that people shunned the early Christian Church. 1. They are afraid of what they don't know about us. 2. They're not sure who to ask or how. Some are afraid to find out more for fear of being ostracized by their own religious communities. 3. It's easier, and more fun, to focus on the sensational or negative things being said about us than it is to find out what our core beliefs are. 4. We're relatively "new" to the world religions scene, in comparison to the centuries the various and divided Christian sects have been around. 5. People sometimes are confused at different vocabulary words we use to describe what we believe, even though we hold many beliefs in common, or did at one time in Christian history before doctrines and ordinances (and what they're named) had changed. I've found that the quickest way to get to know the Church, or any church, is to simply attend a few meetings. Ask the members what the Church means to them. Approach it as if you were a tourist in a strange land, wanting to experience all there is to experience, before you make up your mind about us (or anyone). Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I do believe this. In fact, I know God has called a prophet for our day. With everything going on in the world, we need a prophet more today than ever before. God never changes. Nor does his pattern of communicating with His children. He called prophets anciently and He calls them today. Show more Show less