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Hi I'm Greg

I'm the father of 3 beautiful girls, the grandfather to 3 girls and 4 boys, I married my highschool sweetheart, and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Eastern Washington State. I graduated from college and married my high-school sweetheart and now my eternal companion. I joined the church in Missoula, Montana in 1975 along with my wife. We have moved around the country and eventually settled in the midwest. We raised three wonderful daughters. They have given us seven beautiful grandchildren and three faithful sons-in-law. We have been very blessed. I've spent most of my life running my own businesses and have enjoyed the freedom it has given me to set my own priorities. I like to garden, golf, and travel but I find the most joy in helping others at work, in my family, and at church. My children have all been raised to know and understand the Savior and have become skilled at applying his teachings in every aspect of their lives. The peace it brings me is unspeakable.

Why I am a Mormon

I had many positive exposures to latter-day saints prior to looking into the Church, but never considered being a member. My relationship with a number of Mormon individuals and families caused me to consider the Church as an option. My sister had joined the Church in high-school and I decided to find out for myself if there was something there. My wife had, unbeknownst to me, looked into the Church previously and had decided that some day that is what she wanted in her life. She did not tell me this until I made a decision to become a member. I was an agnostic prior to researching the Church's teachings and praying sincerely for direction. I received a strong assurance that what was taught in the church was true and I have had substantial reassurances ever since. The church has affected every part of my life in ways I could never have imagined. Simply put, I know that the truth about "Who I am", "Why I'm here", and" Where I'm going", resides in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This gives me peace, comfort, and direction. Why do I stay a Mormon? There are a great variety of reasons. Knowing who I am, a son of a living eternal being (Heavenly Father), is one of them. This causes me to look deeper into my relationships with all those around me. It affects how I conduct all my earthly affairs. The happiness I've felt as my family and I follow the Savior's principals taught in the Church, is very real. The knowledge that what matters most in life is not things, but people and relationships, gives me motivation to live life more fully every day. The teachings of the church give me the desire to look beyond myself. Joy and happiness is the by-product. The Church's teachings also have helped me understand the Savior and His role in my life. I know that by living according to these teachings and principals, I can have a relationship with my family that reaches beyond this life into eternity. That indeed is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Service is how I live my faith. The Book of Mormon Prophet, King Benjamin, stated in the book of Mosiah " ...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God". Thus, I spend a couple of days a month serving in the Chicago Temple with my wife. I'm a member of the area governing council for the church, and work with (visit regularily in their homes) four member families in our town supporting their efforts to grow in their knowledge of the Saviors principals and look after their spiritual and temporal wellbeing. A couple of times each month I go with full-time missionaries and visit individuals and families looking into the Mormon Church and share my experiences with them. I have a couple of widows I look after by just stopping by with a friendly hello and sometimes a snack or two and helping them with little things they find cumbersome. My assignments in the church include helping assigned leaders grow in their ability to serve others and in the process helping them to grow closer to and more like the Savior. Service is how I live my faith, become more like my Father in Heaven, and learn more about the Savior Jesus Christ. As I serve, my connection with and understanding of the Holy Ghost grows and my faith in the teachings of the Savior become strengthened.