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My name is Gordon Whitehead and I'm a Mormon. I was raised in a small town in Oregon where I played football, basketball, baseball, and golf. I entered the Marines in 1982. I served in a variety of assignments. I was a Sergeant when I received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant. I left the Marines in 1995 as a Captain. I worked for Nike for a few years, then some other high - tech companies. I now run my own startup business. I have a wife and eight children. My family is my life. They are my hobby. My wife is my best friend and soulmate. While in the Marines we lived in Oceanside, California; Okinawa, Japan; Corvallis, Oregon; Quantico, Virginia; Jacksonville, North Carolina; and Portland, Oregon. We lived in Beaverton, Oregon for a few years, and then moved to our home town in Dayton where I coached football and basketball at the high school. in 2008 we decided to move to Pleasant Grove, Utah. Diane Ramos is my wife. We went to the same high school together. She was a cheerleader and a few years older than me. I was infatuated with her for as long as I can remember. We finally started dating after we were both out of high school. We were married in the Seattle Temple on July 1, 1982. Christopher is married to Trina and they have two children (Teagin and Nathan). Stephen is next. Stephen passed away in 2008. Rebecca has a son named Jackson. Michelle is married to Randall Hansen and they will have a baby in March, 2013. Michael Nicholas - on a mission Rachel Joshua
I first gained a testimony of the Gospel during a meeting with the missionaries in a friends house. The missionaries, and another one of our High School classmates (who was a Mormon) visited us. As they taught us the Gospel, there was a strange thing that happened, and the Holy Ghost bore record of the truth of what they said. I remember they talked about an ancient record, which I now know as the Book of Mormon. Hearing of that book reminded me of a search I had as a younger person looking for more of the Word of God. I was a catholic growing up. I had was taught about Christ by the most wonderful Nun in the world - Sister Nichols. I had lots of questions. I use to ask her to see more of the ancient writings. She said that when I met with the Priest he would show me. I finally got the opportunity to meet with the Priest. After our interview, he asked me if I had any questions. I said I would like to see some of the ancient works - the ancient writings. He was not sure what I meant. I explained that I felt there must be some ancient works out there that were written by apostles and prophets. He said there really weren't any. I was disappointed. I later realized the Book of Mormon was the answer to that search for me. The Book of Mormon is a record of a people who lived anciently in the Americas. And this record testifies of Jesus Christ and of the covenants and commandments that God has given His people. It is a record that was preserved for our time and brought forth by a prophet in the 1800s by the name of Joseph Smith. I received a direct answer when I prayed. It was simple, pure, and quiet peace. It was a gift to me from God. "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart and real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:4).
When I was a little boy I discovered a very good man named Reverend Wagner, a Baptist minister. He did a lot of good for the community even though most never went to his church. One of the things he did was to build a home made pool in his back yard and open it each day during the summer for the children of the town at no charge. One summer day my brother Robert and I decided to go swimming. The pool had a shallow end and a deep end. It also had a variety of toys, including a very large inner tube which was coveted by all. If one could arrive early enough in order to take his or her place at the front of the line, the odds of getting that inner tube were great. On this particular day Robert and I arrived and were right in the front. I was quite excited and told him “Now, when the gates open, do not go into the deep end, you cannot swim.” He looked defiant and said: “I too can swim.” I said: “No you can’t and don’t try. Stay in the shallow end.” Suddenly, the gate opened and I dove into the pool and raced with all my might to the tube. My hand finally reached out and I was victorious -- first to the tube. Just as I was getting ready to climb onto the tube I felt a strong impression to turn around. But I thought: “I don’t want to – I will lose the tube.” The prompting came again and said “turn around.” I now recognize that prompting to be the Holy Ghost, but back then, not being a member of the church, I had no idea what that feeling really was. I reluctantly turned, and to my surprise I saw my brother sinking for what must have been the 3rd time or more. He had gone against my command and waded into deep water. I let go of the tube and swam as fast as I could to my brother and struggled to move him into the shallow end. When I looked up, exhausted and sure we would be surrounded by people wondering what happened, to my utter amazement not a single soul had seen him drowning. He would have died that day, except the Holy Ghost prompted me to look and I did look.
I am currently a Bishop. But I've spent most of my life serving in the local wards and branches working with young men and scouts. I particularly enjoy working with youth and helping them gain testimonies and learn of things that are important in their lives. I try to live my faith by learning the details of the covenants I've made with God and to honor those covenants and keep His commandments. My wife is my most important support in living my faith. She has a testimony of fire and keeps our family grounded. I feel lucky to have her in my life.