Hi I'm Gene
I am 75 years old, father of 8, grand father of 30 and great grand father of 2. I spend a lot of time with family members, going to soccer games, dance recitals, family bike rides and just watching little people grow up. I love riding motorcycles and BYU football games.
Why I am a Mormon
Even if I had no belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I would still be a Mormon. The life style and living standards are consistent with my own. I love the wholesome, positive atmosphere and friendship. The greatest attribute of the Mormons is LOVE. It is my belief that this verb is the essence of God's message. I have learned two things. Joseph Smith either told the truth or he lied about seeing God and Jesus Christ. I have thought about it, prayed about it, and studied about it. Over arching all the intellectual evidence is the spiritual confirmation I have received in my heart that he actually did see God and Jesus Christ, the same as one man sees another. The second thing is the Book of Mormon. It is either true or it is a lie. Again, I have thought about it, prayed about it and studied it. I have no doubt that the people and events contained in it's pages are true. I challenge any and all to do as I have done. Ask God with a sincere heart and with real intent if these two things are true. I promise you that your prayers will be answered, and that God will manifest the truth unto you and you will never be the same.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
One of the great opportunities within the activities of the Church is to be a missionary. The purpose of serving a mission is two fold. The first is to publish the existence of the Church and it's teachings to as many as will listen so that each child of God may have an opportunity to make a personal decision to accept or reject what they hear and feel. The second is to allow each member the opportunity to hear himself or herself express their own personal belief and declare it to another. I have personally had this opportunity on several occasions in Asia, including Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam and I am currently helping newly called missionaries prepare to do the same thing I have done, as I serve at our Missionary Training Center.
How I live my faith
I was born into a wonderful Baptist family and became interested in all religions as a teenager. At age 17, I was challenged by my older brother to read about a young 14 year old boy, like me. I read the story of Joseph Smith and was immediately connected. He was looking into several churches, just like me. His experience became my experience and I felt the Spirit of God within my heart telling me the truth. As a young man, I served a mission in Korea helping establish The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in that country. Later I helped establish the Church in Okinawa and Thailand while serving my country during the Vietnam war. I later had the opportunity to return to Korea and serve another mission. Today I continue to associate with the many people with whom I have served. My wife and I serve in the Provo Temple and in the Missionary Training Center each week.