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Hi I'm Rob

I'm Canadian. I love to help and serve others. I love plants and gardening. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud Canadian. I am married to a great girl and am the father of 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls. I am a Horticulturist and I work for the government. I love to read and garden and I enjoy playing video games. I am fascinated by birds. I really aspire to be artistic, although it is mostly internal at this point. I recently started the hobby of scroll work, in wood. I like playing games with friends and visiting. I love to talk, whether for work presentations or seminars or for pleasure. I am involved in different volunteer roles in my community, including a community garden and making my community a more beautiful place.

Why I am a Mormon

 I've been a Mormon for pretty much my entire life. I started attending church all the time when my Mom joined the church when I was 4. My parents have always been faithful members of the church and I've followed that path. When I was 12, I prayed and received a confirmation that the church was true, as well as other gospel principles. Over the years, I've had many times when my testimony was strengthened and reinforced. The relationships that I've had as a Mormon have helped me to gain perspective on who I am and what I strive to be. I've gained great strength from the people I've been able to associate with. I've been blessed to have great examples around me. I've learned the importance of commitment and responsibility and I've tried to live up to the examples I've been shown. There have been times in my life when I have struggled with issues. I've found great comfort in knowing that I am loved by my Heavenly Father and there is always the possibility of changing and making improvements. I know that God answers prayers, not just because I've been taught that, but because I've seen God's hand and influence in my life. I've always felt comfortable seeking guidance from Him. I continue to live the gospel and participate actively in the Church, because it brings my happiness and provides me with direction and purpose. A lot is expected, but great blessings come. I try to teach my children to principles that I know, so that they can grow up and contribute fully to society and have a knowledge of God and his love for them.

How I live my faith

I have always been an active participant in my local church unit, which I learned from the example of my parents and leaders. Many of my callings or assignments in the church have been in a leadership capacity. The experiences have been beneficial in many ways. I've worked with the full time missionaries several times and I've also worked for a number of years at different times with the youth of the church, often in a Scouting capacity. I've been a both a Scout leader and a Cub leader a couple of times and I enjoy scouting. I've tried to impress upon the young men I've worked with the importance of responsibility, both in church service and in their own lives. My time spent with the youth has helped me to understand more about myself and how to relate better to my children as they get older. I am an active home teacher and I've visited a number of families for several years. I try and bring a message that helps them and I try to be of service to them, whenever they have need. I help with household projects, or with some of their other projects. In my current assignment, I am responsible for the care of the families of our church congregation, both temporal and spiritual. I ensure that their needs are taken care of and that other church leaders are aware of them. I also teach lessons on Sunday. I believe in serving others and I enjoy doing it. I've had lots of opportunities to offer service to others, whether helping people move or helping someone put on a new roof, putting up drywall, cleaning out clogged gutters or even lifting a house. I also try and help out in the community. I have become more involved in community organizations, including one which works on projects to beautify the committee. I helped start a community garden as well. I feel that when something needs doing, you should be prepared to step forward, so I have taken a leadership role in both of these community committees. I try and live this always.

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