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Hi I'm Robb Roy

My daughter Krystal died. As a mormon I believe I will see her again...

About Me

I work as a Sgt for a local Sheriff's Office. I have been an Officer for 13 years. In 1995 my daughter Krystal Dawn tragically died. Because of her loss I started to compete in races to raise money for important causes: a 5K for the VanKomen breast cancer, Triathlons for the Hess Cancer foundation, and Marathons for childhood Cancer. I am living a purpose filled life seeking opportunities to serve and mentor my family and the other people around me. I was an active triathlete but then I was stricken with a serious illness and I suffer with numbness and pain every day. But it hasn't stopped my beautiful journey from Athlete, to Patient, and hopefully to Survivor. And even though I would rather participate as an athlete, I can still be a powerful influence for good. I believe in God. I testify of God and I know the challenges I face are particular opportunities God has given me to grow. I am humbled by my illness and it drives me to my knees everyday. I know God is there and he is a loving Father, not some distant cosmic presence. He loves me. He loves my family and he helps and me inspires me every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my family. Part of the Mormon beliefs says we are all part of a heavenly family and we lived with our Father in heaven before we came to this life. We lived with the Father and we loved him dearly. When the time came we were presented with a plan; the plan of salvation. We had an opportunity to come to this world to be challenged and prove we would follow the commandments from God. God knew we would sin and He planned for a Savior who, through his suffering, would become our empathic Advocate with the Father. We shouted for joy when this plan was presented and we were excited to be tested. We were part of a heavenly family before we came to this earth. Now through the restored gospel we can be sealed to our families for time and all eternity. After this life we can be together forever as a family unit. My daughter who has died can be with us again. This to me is such a beautiful plan. She is not in limbo somewhere lost in the expanse of time. Nor is she condemned because she only lived a short time. She is my daughter and she is sealed to me and my wife and we can be a family after this life. What a beautiful plan the Father has provided. And for this great blessing all I have to do is be good to others. I need to be good to my body by not drinking or smoking or other harmful behaviors. I need to be good to my family. I need to pray daily and seek the will of God. It is an honorable and good way to conduct myself and it is a good way for my kids to act and live. Serving others and being kind are true principles. We are children of God and he has entrusted us to each other to be kind and helpful.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving the people around me. My mission statement is 'Be the best person I can be and inspire the ones around me'. My career is a very challenging field. We deal with people when they are at their worst, but I don't know of a better time to be an inspired man of God. It is popular to see Officers as men that hurt people. On TV and in movies they show Officers as men who must compromise their standards to be effective. Nothing could be further from the truth. I and the men that serve under me control their language and we use our training to help people in very dramatic situations. Our goal is to help people in every case. I have given CPR and saved many people where I have drawn my weapon only a couple of times. I keep my bible in plain sight and I testify of God whenever I can. When I am responding to a situation, I pray and ask for guidance for me and the other Officers. I also pray for our safety. We have families and we want to go home to them when our shift is over. Again I am a man of God. I testify of God and I try to live an honorable life. I am not ashamed of my beliefs. I know my beliefs are the best part of me. For me it is an honorable career and it is an awesome example of serving others.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Robb Roy
I love the welfare services of the Mormon Church. 100% of the money donated goes toward people who need help. The LDS church is one of the first organizations to respond to natural and other disasters. My mother makes bandage packages that are sent all over the world. The extra blankets and clothing I donate to Deseret Industries get delivered to people in need due to earth quake or flood. The extra toys my daughters donate make it to the outstretched arms of children in third world countries and in orphanages. My son accepted donations and raised money for a Boy Scout Eagle project, so Officers and Paramedics who respond to critical situations would have a teddy bear for a scared or injured child. And there are many other ways my time and donations are helpful to the other children of God. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Robb Roy
The missionaries are very friendly and have your salvation in mind. They dedicate two years of their lives so they can serve others and to share a message that answers the questions -- Who are we? How did we get here? Where are we going? What is the purpose of life? They will answer all of these questions and describe Gods plan. They will explain the feelings of the spirit and as you are taught more and more you will see the simplicity and beauty of Gods plan. They will teach you how to feel the spirit. And all of the Mormon beliefs can be personally tested. Joseph Smith had a vision. In the vision he was shown by an angel of God where a book, written on gold plates, lay preserved and hidden. By the power of God, Joseph Smith was entrusted with this sacred book and he was able to translate it. This book is the Book of Mormon. When you read this book you will feel good. You will feel the Holy Ghost testify to you that this is God's church and we are his people. The missionaries will explain the basic steps to understanding Gods plan. First is Faith: Second Repentance: Third is Baptism for the remission of sins: Fourth is receiving the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by those who have authority from God. After this…then there is constant learning and progression in Gods church where I have found such joy and inspiration. I feel such a profound love for the Father and my own family. I feel this love because I understand we go on after this life. There is a God. There is a design and therefore a designer. The truth will set you free and joy will fill your heart. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Robb Roy
The Holy Ghost is a very important member of the godhead. I believe there are three members of the godhead; God the Father, Christ the creator, and the Holy Ghost who testifies of truth. Each of these members are individuals but they work with a unity of purpose. God's plan is for us to come to this earth to gain a physical body and endure the challenges He gives us. To help us along the way He gave us the Holy Ghost who will testify of truth anywhere the truth is spoken. Joseph Smith was reading the bible and he saw a passage in James 1:5 which says, 'If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.' Joseph Smith did need wisdom so he knelt down and offered a humble prayer and that little prayer seeking guidance from God started the restoration of Gods plan of salvation. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Robb Roy
Our beliefs are simple, based on the truth, and ordained by the restoration of the power of God. I believe there is a design and if there is a design then there must be a designer. I feel the designer is God. I feel God is a loving Father and before we came here we lived with God and we loved the Father and he knew and loved us. There was a council in heaven and Christ presented a plan. God knew when we were sent to this world we would sin. To provide a way back to live with God again, a Savior was provided: one who would suffer for us and pay the price of sin. I decided to come to this earth and God was happy I made this decision. We are all spiritual beings living a human existence. This opportunity is frightening but necessary. I got a physical body, and I accepted the challenge, and I promised I would keep God’s commandments. If I accept Christ’s sacrifice, believe in God, and endure to the end I will be able to live with God again. And not just to play harps and hang out on clouds. This is just one more good decision we have made. After this life there will other challenges and there will be progression on an infinite scale. But first we must find truth. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth. When we find the truth it is our responsibility to act on it. God said, ‘Fear not little flock. Do good, doubt not, fear not; behold the wounds on my hands and feet. Be faithful, keep God’s commandments, and endure to the end. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Robb Roy
The Book of Mormon comprises fifteen main parts by the name of its principal author. The first portion, ending with Omni, is a translation from the Small Plates of Nephi. Between books of Omni and Mosiah is an insert called The Words of Mormon. This insert connects the record engraved on the Small Plates with Mormon’s abridgment of the Large Plates. In or about the year A.D. 421, Moroni, the last of the Nephite prophets, sealed the sacred record and hid it up unto the Lord, to be brought forth in the latter days, as predicted by the voice of God through his ancient prophets. In A.D. 1823, this same Moroni, then a resurrected being, visited the Prophet Joseph Smith and gave the engraved plates to him. Through the power of God, Joseph Smith was able to translate the record from the gold plates. Several people saw the plates and handled them and knew Joseph Smith was doing an important work. Their testimonies are in the first part of the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Robb Roy
We do not preach and teach in order to “bring people into the Church” or to increase the membership of the Church. We do not preach and teach just to persuade people to live better lives. We offer something more. We are concerned with a higher destination. The purpose of our missionary work is to help the children of God fulfill a condition prescribed by our Savior and Redeemer. We preach and teach in order to baptize the children of God so that they can be saved in the kingdom. We do missionary work in order to baptize and confirm. That is the doctrinal basis of missionary work. We have a beautiful message; a message that the authority to act in God’s name has been restored. When you are baptized by a member of the Mormon faith, you are being baptized by one who has the authority to perform this sacred act. The restored gospel gives us added knowledge about Jesus Christ and His doctrine. But the uniqueness of our message is not just added knowledge. The requirement of baptism reminds us that the truths we teach are not academic. The restored gospel consists of doctrines and ordinances. Baptism is necessary in order to redeem us from our sins. Only priesthood holders of this Church have the God-given authority that transforms the act of immersion in water into an ordinance of the everlasting gospel. Baptism is a requirement. Christ said, ‘I am a perfect example’ and ‘to follow me’. The way we follow the savior is baptism by immersion for the remission of sins. Christ sought out John the Baptist because he had the authority to act in God’s name. No one else can do this. Other churches cannot do it. Good Christian living cannot do it. Good faith, good desires, and good reasoning cannot do it. Only the priesthood of God can administer a baptism that will satisfy the divine decree that “except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). The doctrinal basis of missionary work is the word of God, revealed in every age, that man cannot be saved without the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that the only way to lay claim to the merits of that Atonement is to follow the command of its author: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you” (Acts 2:38). Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Robb Roy
The question should go, ‘what is a branch, ward, or stake?’ That way we can start from the smallest congregation to the largest. A Branch is a small group of members which are not yet the size of a Ward. Sometimes a Branch can cover a big geographical area depending on the amount of Members. A Ward is all of the local members up to a certain number; 300 to 400 members or so. The Mormon Church caps the capacity of the Ward so there isn't overcrowding. The Stake is all of the Wards in a certain area combined. If there is a stake meeting then all of the members in all of the assigned wards will attend. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Robb Roy
On a spring day in 1820 Joseph Smith, who was only 14 yrs old, sought solitude in a grove of trees. Joseph went to the grove to offer a prayer to God so he would know which church was true. Joseph was following the counsel in the Bible's book of James: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, which giveth to all men liberally." Joseph took this scripture at face value and he decided to pray to seek wisdom from God. Joseph went into a grove of trees and in answer to his prayer God the Father and Jesus Christ, "two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description," appeared and spoke with him. God told Joseph "that all the religious denominations believed in incorrect doctrines" and they had truth but it was also mingled with the philosophies of men and he was to await further instructions from God. "In a state of calmness and peace indescribable," Joseph left the sacred grove knowing the reality of our Father in Heaven and His resurrected Son, Jesus Christ. The greatest event in world history since the birth, ministry, and resurrection…is Joseph Smith's first vision. After centuries of darkness, the Lord opened the heavens to reveal His word and restore His Church through His chosen prophet. The Mormon Church testifies of Christ. We know he overcame death because Joseph Smith saw Jesus Christ on the right side of God and God said, 'This is my beloved son...hear him'. God is our loving Father and He wants us to make it back home to live in peace in his presence. God established the authority to guide his church and he gave this authority to Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Robb Roy
This is one of the best questions because it holds in it the plan of salvation. We were a family before we came to this earth. We are all sons and daughters of God. But now we chose to come to earth, through the authority of God, we can marry for 'all time and eternity' not just 'till death do us part'. Think about the difference in those statements and see the perfect opposites. On one hand we have God's plan where families can be together forever! And on the other side...'till death do us part.' Our spiritual voyage does not stop at death. We will go on. We made the choice to come to earth and accept Gods plan. In the same way we will continue on...but this time as families. Why marry at all if it is just for this life? There is a bigger picture. My daughter Krystal Dawn tragically died and I cannot bear the thought of her just being gone...and that is it. No more Krystal. No more family? There is no more? It doesn't ring true. The truth is we are an eternal family and we can continue on our voyage after this life, not as lone men and women and children...but as an eternal family. Now that sounds true! Show more Show less