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Hi I'm Greg F

I'm a Mormon, and have been all my life!

About Me

I am 65 years old and have been retired for a year now. My wife (also retired) and I spend time with our children and grandchildren. We love to travel in our 5th wheel trailer and do temple work. We are trying to get to all of the temples in the United States and Canada. Due to my back injury I am limited in my abilities, so we are trying to see our beautiful country while also serving the lord. My wife and I have been married since 1971 and we have 6 of the greatest kids in the world. They, in turn, have filled our lives with love and excitement as we have welcomed 19 grandchildren into our family. We all live close and love to get together for family dinners and occasions, camping in the nearby mountains, and fishing and hunting trips together. I enjoy painting and have been working on painting temples for each of my children. It is a goal of mine to paint the temple they were sealed in for each of them. I enjoy writing and am writing a book and hope to spend some time working on that as well. I graduated from college with three degrees (A.A.S., B.S., and M.P.A.) and retired as an administrator for a local university department. I have been blessed to be surrounded by members of the church and currently enjoy teaching the Gospel in my ward. I now have some time and am compiling life stories of my ancestors and relatives, and collecting family photographs for distribution to family members. It has been great to learn the stories of my ancestors' lives.

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned, above, I have been a member of the church all of my life. Many of my friends were/are not members of the church, and I have studied many of the religious sects of the world. I continue my membership in the church because I have had too many experiences that the Lord has confirmed to me the truthfulness of this gospel and church. I have had the opportunity to bless the lives of others and am excited by the faith I have in having my wonderful family together with me forever and ever. I guess, as I think about the church, I don't really have to worry about whether its right or not. I just know. Many times I have had others challenge my beliefs and try to coax, or even threaten me because of my faith. Never has there been a time when I felt that there was a doubt to the truthfulness of what I believe. I have had an opportunity to become good friends with a number of people of the Islamic faith. We have respectfully discussed the similarities and differences in our religious beliefs. I can understand and love them, and someday I hope that they can understand the fullness of what I believe and the wonderful blessings that I have, and that they can have.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to obey God's commandments and strive to learn what He wants of me. He has sent me to this mortal life to be tested and to learn to control my physical body, my desires and passions and to accomplish the things He wants me to do. I study the scriptures, I prepare and teach lessons, I accept callings and serve in positions of the Church, I care for other families in my neighborhood through Home Teaching assignments, I assist people throughout the world through donations to the church's fast offerings and other humanitarian efforts. I pray for guidance and strength to face the challenges of each day, and thank a loving Heavenly Father for all of the wonderful blessings He has provided me with. A strong healthy body, a clear mind, a beautiful family, a loving wife, a posterity that gives me great joy, and a beautiful world full of so many wonders I cannot begin to enjoy all of them in the short time I have to spend in this life.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Greg F
I don't know where that question comes from, because I know that we help anyone. I have seen the many humanitarian aid projects that are provided by the church. A number of years ago, when the Teton Dam broke in the Upper Snake River Valley in SE Idaho, my father and I spent several days sandbagging the Snake River to prevent flooding. After the water crested, we went to Rexburg, ID to try to locate relatives and loved ones that lived in the flooded area. What was then called Ricks College, a church owned college, had opened its facilities and had become the area refugee center. Dad and I watched church organizations such as the Relief Society begin, organize, and conduct cleanup operations long before civil defense or the Red Cross even showed up. When the Red Cross did get there, they continued to support the church's efforts as they were so well organized. In my own location, I have helped and observed other members helping everyone in our neighborhood, regardless of affiliation. We believe that we are ALL God's children. That makes us literally brothers and sisters to every person on this earth. As such, we try to help all of our brothers and sisters so far as we can manage with our own resources of time, money, commodities, and love and concern. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Greg F
In our faith, we believe it is the responsibility of every member to share the gospel, to share their testimonies and to serve one another. As such, the Lord calls members of his "flock" to fulfill various positions in the organization, either locally, or regionally, or sometimes on a church-wide basis. We get an opportunity to serve each other in many capacities. That is the best way to learn to love each other - serve each other. No calling is above any other. The most important calling in the church for me is the one that the Lord has called me to fill now. Whether it be shoveling the snow from the walks in front of the church to serving in a leadership capacity, all are equal in the eyes of the Lord. Show more Show less