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Hi I'm Gene

I grew up in the United States. I love working with technology and I love to garden. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father, a gardener, a network engineer, and a beekeeper. I'm always looking for new things to learn and better ways to do things I already know. I love to share with others what I've learned and learn from their experiences as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I know there is a God and that this is his Gospel. Nothing is more powerful than being able to speak to your creator, feel His love for you, and to receive answers.He has blessed and guided my life continually. He has often protected me from danger, guided me in learning the skills needed for my career, helped me to better understand the Gospel, helped me find a wife, protected my children, blessed me with the necessities of life even when times were rough, and blessed me with many different miracles in my times of need. I know this is His church because He has told me. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Perl of Great Price are true. I have a great love for Joseph Smith. Studying his life, it's readily obvious just how much he loved people, how much he served, and how much I'm certain he continues to serve now that he's passed to the other side. I hope very much to meet him when I one day pass to the other side as well.

How I live my faith

I'm a Gospel Doctrine teacher in my church. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to study the words of the prophets both anciently and in modern times and share with others what I've learned. When I was younger, I had the opportunity to serve a mission and share my beliefs with others. I still enjoy discussing the Gospel of Jesus Christ today both with those of my faith and with those not of my faith.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Gene
The scriptures are essentially a history of those who have gone before us and their interactions with God. Studying them can help us better understand the nature, character, and attributes of God, as well as the plan that God has for us - our purpose in life. We believe that God is our Heavenly Father, and that we are His children. We believe that He desires, as would any perfect parent, for His children to grow and develop so that we may become like Him. To become like God requires following the commandments of God and doing the things God does. This is why Christ lead not only by commandment but also by example. Scripture study is essential to both know the commandments of God so that we may keep them, and also to understand God so that we may strive to be like Him. Scripture study is also an act of faith. We increase our faith by exercising it. Faith is required to please God, increase our capacity for doing good, and to secure for ourselves the blessings of heaven which God is already willing to grant, but are made conditional upon our faith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Gene
We believe that the atonement of Jesus Christ provides us two fundamental gifts - the promise of a resurrection with a perfect immortal body after this life, and the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins. All people everywhere, regardless of their actions during this life, will be resurrected after they die. Forgiveness is the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins - to be cleansed through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Forgiveness is not earned through obedience to the commandments of God - it is still through the grace of God that we are forgiven - but obedience to the commandments of God allow us to benefit from this great gift that Christ has offered us. What use is there in being forgiven if we have not fundamentally changed and become better? What use is there in being cleansed from the sins you still desire to commit? Repentance does not allow us to be cleansed IN our sins, but allows us to be cleansed FROM our sins. If we desire wickedness, we will be wicked still. If we desire to be righteous, however, and exercise our faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ, it is possible to stand before God with a clean conscience and rejoice at being brought back into his presence. Show more Show less