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Hi I'm Robbie Schaack

I grew up in three different countries. Now I'm in my 20th year in school as a dental student.

About Me

I've spent almost 6 years of my life in Europe, living in Germany and Lithuania. Having lived in many different states and countries has led me to love diversity. I prefer to associate with people who think and believe differently than myself. Now I am lucky to be married for 6 years to a beautiful young lady with whom there's never a dull moment. She married me knowing that I still had at least 7 years of schooling left and has supported me through it all! While I'm studying, she stays busy as a professional photographer. Trust me when I say that married life with the right person at the right time really can be better than single life! Being a very independent person, I'm not sure of anything in life that's more important to me than being able to think and act for myself. I don't like to conform to traditional ways of thinking and living because there's always room for progression!

Why I am a Mormon

While I love and continually seek inspiration from many different churches and pastors that help people strengthen their faith in God and live better lives, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unleashes God's power in my life in unique ways. The additional scriptures and teachings that God has revealed through his humble servants in these latter days give me a clearer understanding of who God is and his purpose for us in this life. This gives me deep purpose in everything else I do each day. I have felt overwhelming confidence that this church is the primary organization that God wants to use to reveal himself to me, and help me become more like him. God himself continually confirms to me through his Holy Spirit that The Book of Mormon and other revelations that have been revealed through modern prophets are in fact true words from God. They help me to better understand and live by the teachings in the Holy Bible and also help me feel closer to God and his Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

Very imperfectly, of course. However, I try to make a sincere effort to communicate with my Father in Heaven each day in prayer. I try to turn control of each day of my life over to him, and ask him to use me to do the work he wants to do. I try to understand what kind of person Jesus Christ is and emulate his attributes so that others can feel a small portion of his perfect love through me. My desires and efforts to live a more Christ-like life seem to always lead me to more service for other people. I have found that a life focused on making others' lives better is the key to true happiness and contentment in life. One of my most focused efforts right now is on helping inner city young men become the moral leaders that their families and peers need them to be. This has been one of the most enjoyable endeavors I've ever been engaged in!

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Robbie Schaack
YES! And he taught them the same gospel. You can read the record in the Book of Mormon, and find out for yourself from God that it's true! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Robbie Schaack
To become more like Jesus Christ and work towards our potential to "be heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:17) God has given us the resources to fulfill this purpose by giving us 1) a physical body 2) freedom to choose between good and evil and 3) a Savior whose grace makes up for our weaknesses and shortcomings. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Robbie Schaack
Absolutely not. If any member of the religion practices it, they would immediately be excommunicated. Centuries ago, God gave a command to some of the early Latter-day Saints to practice plural marriage, the same command that God had also given at times to biblical church leaders such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon. It is helpful to understand that anyone who believes in the Holy Bible has the practice of polygamy in their church history as well. Just like the prophets of old, the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS practiced it simply because they had a firm conviction that God had commanded them to do it, with nothing whoreish to do with it. These marriages were carefully regulated, holy, and sacred ordinances which turned out to be a great blessing to the many widowed pioneers that arrived in Utah during the beginning of the church's history. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Robbie Schaack
There are many "Christian" denominations that differentiate themselves from each other with slightly differing theology. (i.e. Catholics and Protestants believe very different central philosophies regarding the divinity of Mary... Lutherans believe in predestination, others don't, etc.) Because Mormons do not hold to the decisions and formulations of the post-biblical church councils, some do not consider us to be a part of “orthodox” Christianity. Under those man-made definitions of Christianity, they are correct. We believe that a true Christian is one who follows Jesus, and accepts his divinity and teachings. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is built upon the person, power, and teachings of Jesus Christ. He is our King, our Lord, and our God. It is only through his grace that we can be saved. Everything that this religion teaches us is for the sole purpose of helping us strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ, serve Him, glorify Him, and better emulate His attributes. Show more Show less