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Hi I'm Bob

I grew up on the move. We lived in nine different places before I finished high school. I'm a Vietnam veteran and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the Navy after high school and served as a Corpsman with the Marines in Vietnam. After the war I went to work in an auto factory in Michigan until I was laid off and decided to go to college. My primary education is in chemistry and building science. I work in codes and standards development, primarily in construction and passive fire protection systems. I have been with the same company for over 30 years. I am very happily married to a wonderful and faithful woman. We have a bunch of grown kids and step kids, and a handful of grandchildren. I hope to retire to Michigan in the summer of 2016. My passion is family history. I like to fish and I read constantly, primarily short stories (science fiction) and historical nonfiction.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up asking hard questions of my non-LDS church leaders and was never quite satisfied with the answers, or the lack of answers. I read the Book of Mormon, prayed about it, and received a personal revelation that it is indeed the word of God and a second testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. After joining the church I realized that I had been missing much in all those prior years of attending church services as a Baptist and later a Lutheran. I know that Joseph Smith was called by God to restore what had been taken away and lost from the scriptures over the centuries. I find it very comforting to know that God speaks through His prophet today.

How I live my faith

I am a family history (genealogy) consultant in my ward and work at the local Family History Center a couple of evenings a month where I help others find their ancestors and navigate the genealogical resources on the internet and held by the church. In addition, I teach an adult priesthood class one Sunday each month. I travel a lot in my job and meet lots of people, some of whom are also Mormons. I attend my church meetings on Sundays when I am not on an airplane going to a meeting somewhere. I am known by my business associates and colleagues as the "guy who doesn't drink coffee." I talk about the church often and when asked about my plans for retirement, I talk about serving in the church and serving on a church service mission.