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Hi I'm Greg

I'm a Mormon. I was born in OK., early years were spent in Nibley, UT. I love working with animals and teaching agriculture/FFA.

About Me

I am the youngest in my family, I have two older brothers. My father was in the airforce for 20 years and I spent a short time in Viet Nam during 1964-65. I was returned home early when I was diagnosed with a perthese hip (hip socket deteriorates), I was in a steel brace for 18 months and was the source of much ridicule by other kids in my early years. I had little self worth and was very shy. I started working on a dairy farm and dropped 40 pounds and grew 6 inches. In high school I became involved in agriculture and the FFA. My teacher helped me feel like I was worth something and could become a leader. That experience lit a fire that has been with me every since. I served a wonderful two year mission for the church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I met my wife upon my return at Friday night at the Institute and we just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. I got my BS & MS in Agriculture Education. I have just completed my 8th year of teaching in the classroom. I also spent 7 years with the National FFA Organization running programs and activities for students and teachers. I was the state executive secretary for 4 years for FFA and now am a middle school teacher. We have had miracle children, our oldest was born at 2 lbs. 4 ounces and our daughter was born at 1 lb. 6 ounces. It is amazing how much 1 pound of development makes. Our daughter was in the hospital for 6 months. I have served as a bishop and now am in the stake presidency.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, there is no other life that I have experienced than being an active member of the church, however that does not mean that I did not have to gain a true testimony of my own. As a youth I always did what my parents asked, I fulfilled my priesthood responsibilities and strived to be a good example. My parents taught me the value of work and not being idle. I must admit I did not have video games and vcr's etc. to take my time away, so most of my time was spent outside in nature, fishing, hunting, mountain climbing, etc. As I approached my latter years I knew that I wanted to serve a mission, I had felt the spirt and was so grateful for the good feeling that I had. I was called to serve in the Florida Ft. Lauderdale Mission and served from 1978-80. I remember in my first area that I was questioning as to whether the church was really true. I spent a long time one night praying about the truthfulness of the church. I prayed and prayed and prayed and did not receive the answer I was looking for. The next morning when I was praying my answer came in a sweet still voice..."you know it is true why do you doubt?" I moved ahead with a resolve to share my testimony with others and have helped bless many lives. I have visited the sacred grove where Joseph prayed and felt the calm assurance that the church is true. I have stepped upon holly ground in Nauvoo before the temple was rebuilt and felt like I was in the temple. I have wittnessed miracles personally with my children in miraculous healing and I have read in the book of mormon and had the truthfulness of the scripture revealed to me. One day while in Institure I was reading in the end of the Book of Mormon where Mormon was lamenting the thousands of people who had died becuase of their sins. I had a glimpse of what it would have been like as I visualized the experience. I felt like I was truly there. I can not deny the Book of Mormon, I know it to be true.

How I live my faith

I serve as husband and father and strive to do all I can to meet the needs of my family. We are not rich, I am not interested in being rich, I do want to be able to meet the real needs that we have. I serve as a home teacher and go with my son. We have had some really neat experiences as home teachers. One was an activation story where a brother and sister had been out of the church for 20 years. A show of love and friendhsip made all the difference in the world. I have served as an Elders Quorum Secretary, Counselor and President. I have served as the executive secretary in my ward, I have served as counselor and president in the young mens organization. I am an avid scouter and believe in the wonderful principals that are taught in scouting. I have served in the bishopric as counselor and as bishop. Currently I am in the stake presidency. I teach agriculture and am an FFA advisor for my vocation. I believe in making a difference in the lives of young people. There is no greater joy that comes from knowing that you have made a difference in someones life. We had a leadership conference this past week and I received two letters from my students that thanked me for helping them find a true focus in their lives. That was a true "pay day". I believe in accepting assignments and serving in all diligience. I am thankful for the chance to live in this country and be able to serve in my home, church and community. The real reason I serve in my home and community is because I know the church to be true and I am striving to be like my Savior Jesus Christ. He was the best example for us as a type to follow. I strive to be honest in all my dealings and am ready to work and serve where ever I am asked to do so.

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