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Hi I'm Geoff

I'm a husband and a father. I'm an educator. I'm pursuing a doctorate degree. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If I were to describe myself, I would have to say that first and foremost I am a husband of one and a father of five - and I love it! Most of the choicest moments of my life have been shared with my family. I work as an educator, which may be why I have been working towards a doctorate in education for the past two years at the University of California. These three pursuits - family, work, and school - take up a good portion of my time. However, I really enjoy dating my wife once a week, taking short trips to the beach or into the mountains with my family, and curling up with a good book. I am also enamored with technology - and while my wife might call me a "gadget geek," I love incorporating tech into day-to-day routines, such as running or working out at the gym (using Endomondo and a Polar H7) or driving to work (using iPhone + Siri). I have learned for myself that the Atonement of Jesus Christ (the process where He suffered and died to take away my sins) really does have power to remove the burdens of guilt and regret we naturally carry as a result of choosing to live contrary to the commandments of God. I had learned this earlier in my adult life when I finally opened up my heart and turned toward the Savior by choosing to accept His guidance in all aspects of my life. Even though I am still “under renovation” in this regard, I have experienced a peace and joy that is difficult to describe and often remains with me during my most challenging days (Philippians 4:7).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a mother and a father who were already members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My father was raised in the church, and my mother had joined when she was a freshman in college. While they taught me from childhood about God, our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, it was not until I was 16 years old that I really desired to know for myself whether or not what my parents believed and taught was real. I had been challenged by one of my church teachers to read the Book of Mormon on my own, and then to ask God if it was true (see Moroni 10:3-5). I began to study the book. One night, I kneeled down next to my bed and pleaded with my Heavenly Father to know if the Book of Mormon was as it claimed to be - a real record of Jesus Christ - or whether it was a fraud. The response I received to that prayer - that this book was a real and accurate testimony of Christ - came as an overwhelming feeling in my mind and in my heart. When I asked again if those feelings had come from Heavenly Father, the thoughts and feelings returned even more powerfully. This experience was the genesis of my own testimony that there is a God, that He answers prayers in a way that is difficult to describe but nonetheless real, and that the Book of Mormon is an accurate and reliable witness of Jesus Christ. Through this same process, I came to know that Joseph Smith was called by God to restore His church in our day, and that Jesus Christ really is my personal Savior.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving as the bishop (or ecclesiastical leader) of our ward (or congregation). Our ward is made up of approximately 260 families who live in the same town. As a member, we do not choose which ward we attend. Rather, we attend the ward in whose geographical boundary we reside, and together with this group strive to become a "ward family." Unfortunately, not everyone in our ward boundary chooses to attend church meetings with us on a regular basis. But I have found that as my family and I attend our sacrament and other meetings each Sunday with the intent to serve others, we come away from that experience spiritually refreshed and renewed and ready for another week of day-to-day life. I also feel a great love for those ward members with whom I serve. This is no different than how a family grows together in love and unity - through living such attributes as repentance, forgiveness, and meaningful service. One of my primary roles as a bishop is to help the members of our ward family learn how to turn to God to overcome the challenges they face in their lives. This comes as each person individually accepts Jesus Christ and His Atonement in their lives, makes covenants (or mutual promises) with Him by participating in ordinances such as baptism and others found in holy temples, and then lives those covenants daily. One of my greatest joys is to see the power of the Atonement of Christ bring joy and happiness into the lives of the members of our ward (3 John 1:4).