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Hi I'm Gregory

I wanted to become a happier, more balanced person. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of two wonderful, energetic boys (ages 9 and 7) and have been married for 14 years now. I'm a computer scientist by training and later got a MBA. I've been involved in a couple of different startup companies, initially in the Internet space and more recently in renewable energy and energy efficiency. I'm a thoughtful guy and like to understand and analyze things before making major decisions. I don't believe in coincidences or dumb luck and believe that everything happens for a reason (even if it's not obvious at the time). I never used to understand people who were deeply religious - and secretly looked down on them. Now I'm one of them and can't get God out of my every thought (nor do I want to). I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in early 2008.

Why I am a Mormon

In the months leading up to my first son's birth, I began thinking about the types of questions my kids would ask me over time - including "Do you believe in God?" - and felt that I owed them a thoughtful response (even if the answer was "no"). This lead me to explore various religions and forms of spirituality, including taking a comparative religion class at a local community college. I didn't always believe in God. My father is Hindu and my mother is Christian. Rather than select one of those religions on my behalf, my parents decided to pick neither and let my brother and I decide when we were ready (and interested). When I was younger, I referred to myself as an atheist. In hindsight, agnostic would have been a more accurate label. As time went by, I came to refer to myself as “unaffiliated” since I believed in God but wasn't affiliated with a particular religion. My first real exposure to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Book Mormon occurred when I was 19. My wife (then girlfriend) and her family are members of the Church. As my wife’s sister was preparing for her mission to Chile, I began talking to her about religion in general and the Mormon faith in particular. Specifically, I asked her how someone goes from not believing in God to believing. Her simple answer to that question is that you pray about it – you read a particular faith’s doctrinal materials (e.g., the Bible and Book of Mormon) and ask God whether that faith is “true”. So, that’s what I did and felt that I got an answer to my prayer. This initial experience with the Book of Mormon, however, laid dormant (for various reasons) for the next 14 years. I was reminded of it, though, after my second son was born and that's what led me to start meeting with the missionaries. About 14 weeks later, I chose to get baptized.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live by God's commandments and to serve others. I also try to set a good example for my children in terms of what I believe and what's important in life (although I have plenty of room for improvement). I certainly believe that actions speak louder than words and that my children (and others around me) will know what I believe based more on what I do than what I say. Within my ward (congregation), I periodically teach class lessons and do my best to share what I know and what I've learned with others.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Gregory
Mormon church services are fairly simple and typically last for three hours on Sundays. The services are broken into three components: (1) Sacrament meeting, (2) Sunday School, and (3) "organization" meetings. The entire congregation gathers for Sacrament meeting. During this session of the services, there are general announcements from church leaders. There is also an opening hymn and an opening prayer. After that, members "take the Sacrament" to commemorate and remember the body and blood of Christ and His atoning sacrifice. This is similar to communion, for example, in the Catholic Church but it is administered in a different way. After this, there are typically 2-3 talks (sermons) about various doctrinal or church-related topics. Then there is a closing hymn and closing prayer. The other two sessions provide smaller group lessons and discussions. One thing that is unique about Mormon church services is that there is no professional clergy. All of the prayers, sermons, lessons, etc. are done by individual members of the congregation - and these responsibilities can change from week-to-week. Anyone is welcome (and encouraged) to attend church meetings - whether or not they are a member. To find church locations and meeting times near you, go to maps.lds.org. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Gregory
Yes. We believe that Jesus Christ established a church while He was on the earth and that church has been reestablished today as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons have a deep and abiding love for and commitment to Jesus Christ and His teachings. Show more Show less