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Hi I'm Bob

I'm happily married with two kids. Work in self-reliance and enjoy camping and doing things with family.

About Me

I live in Northern California and work from home. My days are filled with exercise, a few minutes each day in my square foot garden, helping people become more self reliant through my business, and spending time with my family. I enjoy family trips to the mountains and love to go fishing. I also enjoy serving in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. My parents set a great example by always trying to do what is right and serving others. This is where I learned that I am most happy when I am doing things for others and not focusing on myself. The church is a great place for opportunities to serve. I also have a testimony of Jesus Christ and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is his church. I love the idea that we have a prophet, just like the people of the bible had. I love that I can go to church in New York, Hong Kong, Sydney, or anywhere else on the same Sunday and the lesson being taught will be the same doctrine out of the same manual. I am a Mormon because I have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon and consider them to be witnesses of Jesus Christ that teach correct principles, and that by living those principles my life is better and I have a more clear perspective of who I am and where I fit in on the eternal scheme of things.

How I live my faith

My favorite way to live my faith is by sharing it. I love to talk with people about the church and why it makes sense to me on a practical and spiritual level. It is really fun to talk with people about the idea that there is a living prophet on the earth, or that the leadership the congregations wards around the world is all unpaid and that they hold down jobs while serving as Bishop, or Relief Society President Womans Organization, or one of hundreds of possible callings in the church. I also believe strongly in the concept of self-reliance and provident living. Early in my adult life I changed professions and became involved in helping people be more prepared for difficulties that come about during the course of live. It has been a great opportunity to talk about the gospel as I help people become more self-reliant and prepared. I have also held a wide variety of callings in the church, which I have enjoyed. Being a member of the church keeps you on your toes. You may be called to teach a Sunday school class for children for a while and the next thing you know you may be called to serve as president of an organization or a clerk. There are many opportunities to serve and this is one way I really like living my faith. I also like joining in with the members of our congregation when we do community service projects.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Bob
To understand where we go after death, you first have to understand where we came from. We believe that all people are God's children. We lived with him before we came to earth as his spirit sons and daughters. We were different than him in one major way though. God has a perfected body of flesh and bone in which his spirit resides. We did not have this. So he prepared a way for us to come to earth and receive a body. That is called birth. After this life is over, our body and spirit are separated. Our bodies go to the grave and our spirit returns to God. This is called death. One day, in the future, God will give authority to man to reclaim the bodies they were given. The spirit and the body will be reunited, only this time the body will be perfected and will never die again. In other words, the spirit and body will be one forever. This is called Resurrection. The whole purpose of the plan of salvation, with respect to birth and death, is to provide us a pathway to become more like God, our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

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

Bob
Absolutely! I could never understand why this concept was such a stretch for some people. Since Adam, God has communicated to his children through living prophets. The bible is full of prophets. The Book of Mormon is full of prophets. The world is a big place and there are so many people, all from different cultures, with different opinions about life, love, and the nature of God. It just makes sense to me that God would speak through a living prophet about the big stuff like the organization of his church on earth, who we are in relation to him, what our purpose is here on earth, and what we must do if we are to fulfill the measure of our creation. Without some kind of leadership like this, the world becomes very confused and disjointed. Just look at all of the different definitions there are for God and his characteristics. There are so many you can't list them all here. There has to be a point man on earth that God and his children can trust to teach correct principles regarding who God is, who we are, and why we are here. There has to be a bottom line. That is not to say that I am exempt from working on my own relationship with God. Just as the prophet receives direction from God regarding the doctrines of the church, the organization of the church, and instruction related to the church and priesthood, I too must seek inspiration and instruction from God regarding how my family should be run, what I can do to better prepare my children for life, and how I can become a better father and husband. Without a doubt, I know that there is a living prophet on the earth today. I have studied it out in my mind, read the scriptures, and asked God for myself to know that it is true. It is true, and that assurance which comes from the Holy Spirit confirms it to me though my thoughts and feelings. And the best part about it is that anybody can know for themselves. It is very simple. You just humble yourself before God, get on your knees in a private place, and ask him if it is true. You will know in your heart it is true. You will know by the feelings you get. Show more Show less