Hi I'm Greg
I am a father of 4 wonderful children. Three boys and a girl. I have been married for 26 wonderful years to my best friend who introduced me to the church. I have retired from the Army after 23 years and now work to support those wonderful soldiers and families that have followed in my foot steps. Together my wife an I have been through deployments, raised teenagers, and watched our family grow in the Lords church. Most improtantly we have loved one another every step of the way.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a convert to the church. I joined when I was 21 years old. I was counseled by my young wife to explore the church and decide for myself if it was true. I did as the Book of Mormon says, "Ask God if these things be true". I prayed to the Lord and asked for him to confirm to me the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the church of Jesus Christ. The Lord kept his promise that is contained in the Book of Mormon and let me know that it is true. More importantly through this process I gained a personnel knowladge that God lives, that he speaks to me through the Holy Ghost and that he loves me and will answer my prayers. Once I accepted Jesus as my Savior and that the Book of Mormon was another testimony of his devine mission, my life and the life of my family have been so blessed. As I look back on the young man that I was and the man that I have become, I know that the hand of God and his spirit has made all the difference in the world.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is how I communicate with the person that loves me the most. It's how I talk with the person that loves me so much that he gave up His Son so that I may return to be with Him. When I pary with my wife she gets to hear me express my love for her and my Heavenly Father. She hears my desires and prayer on her behalf. I in turn get to hear her pray for me. It adds strength to our relasionship. It draws us closer as we pray for our children together. Our children hear us pray on their behalf during family prayer and see me perform my duties as a father. But it's so much more than that. When we come together as a family to pray together we talk and express feelings and love. I can't tell you how many times our family has come into our bedroom for prayer and ended up talking and laughing late into the night. There have been tears shead, problems solved and lots of love expressed. We even had a baseball game break out one night. It's a long story, but a memory that comes up everytime my kids get together. A long time ago a member of our church told me that what I was doing with my family was always making memories. I commeted then to make good ones. What better memories then of family and love for the Lord.
How I live my faith
Wow! Where to begin. I serve as a Bishop of my ward. It keeps me pretty busy, but it truly is a labor of love. I get to see people of all walks of life at their best. Sure they have problems, and make mistakes, but I get to help them through them and come unto Christ. I get to watch them develop a love of God and the Savior. I get to see how the Lord blesses them. I spend lots of time with the future of the church, the youth. Boy Scout camps, service projects, basketball games, and paintball. I love Thursday nights. We have open basketball games at the church. I am the worst basketball player in the world, but its fun to be with others that love God and are having good clean fun. We always have lots of people that show up that are not members of our church who just want a good place to come and play basketball. All are always welcome. It's great to be around good people no matter what their faith. Working with the members of our church and the community has allowed me to explore and exercise my faith in ways that I never expected. The Lord has truely blessed me.