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Hi I'm Dan G

I'm from Virginia, an Air Force veteran, a father of 3 sons and grandfather to 2 grandsons. I love my wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad was in the Air Force so we moved around the country. I attended the University of Virginia and studied Aerospace Engineering. I retired from the Air Force after 20 years and having lived in 13 different places. I flew tanker, bomber and fighter jets. I taught 8th grade math and am now a civil servant again working for the Air Force. I live on a small horse farm where my wife trains horses. Our grandchildren are the joys of our life. I enjoy every moment with my wife--we watch movies together either on the couch or going to a theater. The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints and my personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST has changed my life for the better and continues to guide me every day.

Why I am a Mormon

My first contact with the church was when I was in high school; one night I saw a curch building with the scripture Moses 1:39 on the outside: For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.--I wondered what kind of bible had a book by Moses in it? Later in high school I took a field trip to the open house at the Washington DC Temple--how would I know I'd be back 26 years later to receive my own endowment and be sealed to my wife for time and all eternity? In college and my early years in the Air Force, I met several members of the church; all of them impressed me with their integrity and commitment to the church. As my grandmother was nearing the end of her life, we spoke about what heaven would be like. She was mostly unsure but was certain it would be full of Mormons since they were all such kind people. After I met my wife, I noticed a picture of the Salt Lake City Temple in her home and and asked her about it she told me she was a Mormon. I thought that was neat and we started going to church with her children. She gave me the book "Truth Restored" to read--I still recall vividly the emotions I felt as I read it on a airplane--I had no idea what I was feeling. It was the Holy Ghost testifying that it was true. After we were married, I noticed that whenever the missionaries were in our home there was a special feeling being around them--it was like a bubble of peace and comfort--the Holy Ghost again. After meeting with missionaries and being taught for 6 years in 3 different states, our youngest son (11) was baptized a month before me. One day he boldly asked me what was holding me back? I knew it was true, why was I being so stubborn? I was baptized 5 days later. What had been a great life was now infinitely better. I have found a peace like nothing I've ever known before. The atoning sacrifices of JESUS CHRIST are at work in my life strengthening my faith, and enabling my continued growth.

How I live my faith

Almost every day I read my scriptures. I pray every day. I live the Word of Wisdom (no smoking, drinking, etc.) every day. I go to church every Sunday I'm home and most Sundays when I'm away from home. I gladly pay my tithes and offerings. I attend the Temple whenever I can (need to do better here). I love my wife and family dearly (can do better here too). I try to think kind thoughts towards all the people I meet and deal with each day. I try to remember that only I decide when I'll be happy or sad--others can't make me feel bad, they can try, but if don't choose to be happy no one is to blame but me. Heavenly Father gave me my agency and no one can take it from me. Currently I teach adult men lessons about previous prophets of the church 2 Sundays each month. I've held leadership positions in our little branch (about 50 attending church each Sunday) and have taught adult and youth Sunday School classes. I teach 3 families in their homes each month. One "family" is a man in prison. He started out as an assignment and is now a close friend who is truly repentant for his crime. I cherish his friendship and the friendship of his family (who are not in our branch). I try to participate in any service projects we do. When people ask me about the church, I try to be bold with my answers (like my son was with me) so they ask more questions and have no doubt as to my faith in JESUS CHRIST and my belief in the fact of this being the only true church of JESUS CHRIST on the earth today. Joining this church has changed my life because I know what I must do to be able to return to my Father in Heaven. Part of what I must do is to share the Gospel with all I come in contact with. JESUS lives and leads His church here on the earth. We are all sons and daughters of GOD. The gospel is all about LOVE--love God, love one-another--everything else follows from that. I try to live my life with love at the front.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Dan G
Grace is the enabling power of the atonement of JESUS CHRIST. When CHRIST made his atoning sacrifices for us, He came to know firsthand all that we would feel in each of our lives; yes, he suffered for our sins, but he also felt everything we felt even when someone did something to us which may have caused us pain or suffering. We are required to forgive all who transgress against us. When we take this action, grace comes into play enabling (or strengthening) us to continue forgiving even when it may be very hard to do. If we do all that we can, grace will be granted to us so we can be saved. If we try a little, an appropriate amount of grace will be provided; if we try more, more grace will be provided. Likewise, if we don't try, there will be no grace to help move us forward--we are not taking advantage of the sacrifices JESUS CHRIST made for us--there is no enabling power. Show more Show less