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Hi I'm Gene Webster

I am a husband and father of 4. I love to ski, hike, camp, kayak, snowmobile, etc. I'm a veterinarian and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my high school sweetheart 20 years ago. We got married in the Washington DC temple a year after I returned from Tokyo, Japan, as a missionary for the church. We now have 2 boys and 2 girls. Our family loves the outdoors and often hike, rock climb, kayak, canoe, water/snow ski, scuba dive, etc. I work as a veterinarian. My wife is an art teacher but stopped teaching full time when our kids were born. Our kids are very active in sports, music, Boy Scouts and church youth groups.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very fortunate to have parents, grand parents and great grand parents back to the origins of this church that were faithful members. Unfortunately, as a youth, I took my membership in the church for granted. Despite hearing testimonies from several generations, the teachings of the church didn't really sink in until I left home for college. While away at college, I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon. A friend and I eventually had a goal to read 10 pages a day from the Book of Mormon. As I read and prayed to ask God if the book was true, I felt a closeness with our Heavenly Father and knew that that book was from God. I am pleased to say that both my friend and I decided to serve full time missions for the church; he to Virginia and I to Tokyo, Japan. Those are two years that I wouldn't trade. The Book of Mormon teaches that while you are in the service of your fellow man, you are also in the service of your God. Through service, I developed a great love for the Japanese people. We did a lot of physical hard work but most importantly, testified of Jesus Christ and taught about God's plan for us. Each time that I testified of these truths, my testimony became stronger. I now understand that this life is short and how important it is to prepare to return to our Heavenly Father. God is our Father. He has given us scriptures, Bible and Book of Mormon, to learn his teachings. President Monson is a prophet today just like Abraham and Moses were prophets in the Old Testament. One of my greatest blessings is knowing that I can be together forever with my wife and children. I am a Mormon because this gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy.

How I live my faith

Some of my favorite and sometimes most challenging responsibilities in the church have involved working with the youth. I still feel like a youth myself. Unfortunately, as I am getting older, I tend to injure myself frequently as I try to keep up with them. I am currently recovering from a boating activity we had with our youth group. Despite all that, we have great kids to work with. I am supposed to be their teacher but I am constantly learning from them. I work with the Boy Scouts and it is very rewarding to see several of them finishing their Eagle Scout award recently. In our area, in the past year we have had several large storms that have taken out trees and electricity. The men and boys in our congregation have had numerous opportunities to clear debris and do repairs. Service brings a group closer and the guys that I go to church with have become family to me. I felt so good one time when my friends from church were helping me clean up after a storm for one of my friends of a different faith. My friend had not asked for their help and was worried about how he would pay them. I explained that none of them would accept his money if he offered it. When the job was done, everyone shook hands with a smile and drove away. My friend that received the help was shocked. My family is a great blessing to me. We aren't perfect but try to read the scriptures together every morning at 7 am. Not everyone keeps their eyes open the entire time but starting the day with words from our Lord keeps our hearts open for Him throughout the day.