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Hi I'm Bob

I'm a Mormon. Born in Brooklyn, raised in New York, I am an urban landscape, architecture and interiors photographer

About Me

Family is a big part of my life. My wife, my three children and their families, my brother and 'our "honorary daughter" all help me to be a better and happier person. I love learning and sharing what I learn. Five years ago at the young age of 61, I started an intensive year-long masters degree in digital photography. The family flew in for my graduation and they have all helped me every step along the way in a late life change of careers to become a professional photographer. Life is challenging. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

A good friend introduced me to the church and I felt so at home. After I had learned a bit about the Church he asked me what I thought. I remember replying, "I don't know if it is true but if it isn't it ought to be." The more I learned about the Savior, His plan for us and His desire for us to find joy and live an abundant life, the more peaceful I felt. The doctrine just made sense. And trying to live the teachings of the Savior has blessed my life and shown me for myself that they are true. Attending church in New York, I enjoyed the diversity of the membership. Larger meetings frequently require translation into 3 or more languages. But for all the diversity, the members are people just like me. Imperfect and trying to live life a little bit better each day

How I live my faith

Much of my service in the church and the community over the past 30 years has been with teenagers and young single adults. They are so much fun and keep me young. I particularly enjoy scouting and camping activities and youth conferences where we can help them pick up new skills, learn time tested values and enjoy wholesome activities together. In return they have taught me how to Facebook, Twitter and stay current with all kinds of technology. That was a huge help when I went back to school. I also enjoy community service projects that we have done with our local congregation to clean up parks and improve recreational facilities. Visiting those in need has been a big help in keeping me grateful. It is especially helpful when I an feeling down or challenged. My own problems don't go away, they just seem so much less important.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Bob
I am a strong believer in letting people speak for themselves so I would ask someone who applies that label to the Church. I imagine it stems from misunderstandings about what we believe, who we look to as our Savior and how we live. Ask a Mormon those questions and judge for yourself. When Joseph Smith was asked what we believe, his response became known as the Articles of Faith. The last of those articles states, "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." We look to Jesus Christ as our savior and redeemer, try our best to live His teachings and love one another. Show more Show less