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Hi I'm Gene

I am a husband, father, grandfather and a dentist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married 39 years. We met in college and she waited for me when I served a two-year Church mission. We married several months after I returned to school. We have four grown children: three sons and one daughter. All but our youngest son are married. They have blessed us with seven wonderful grandchildren. My career has been dentistry. After graduation from dental school I served four years in the US Air Force before establishing my own dental practice. My wife works part time in our office and we enjoy working together. Astronomy has been a hobby for many years. I enjoy learning about the heavens and I have two telescopes. Our neighbors have shared in viewing Saturn, Jupiter, the moon, etc. I always feel closer to God when I am viewing His creations.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My paternal grandparents joined the Church in Minneapolis a year or two before my father was born. He can vividly remember the family trip to the Salt Lake Temple where sacred ordinances were performed to seal them as a family forever. My maternal grandparents both had Mormon ancestors dating back to the early days of the Church. A number of them crossed the plains by wagon train during the pioneer years. I am pleased with this Mormon heritage and have tried my best to live up to it. My Church membership has always been the framework of my life. I have tried my best to live by the teachings of Jesus Christ and have found great fulfillment in serving in His restored Church.

How I live my faith

I have served in a variety of Church callings throughout my adult life. I have served as a bishop twice. A bishop oversees a congregation (called a ward). I have also served as a stake president, overseeing 10 congregations. Currently, I serve as counselor to the mission president, and assist him as he leads all of the missionaries in the Jacksonville Florida Mission.

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision refers to the vision that Joseph Smith received as a 14-year boy. He was unsure which Church he should join and sought for guidance from the Lord. He was influenced to pray after reading James 1:5 and walked into the woods behind his house so he could be alone. He found a suitable place and knelt down and began to pray vocally. He wrote that this was the first time that he had prayed vocally. In answer to his prayer a pillar of light fell upon him and he beheld two personages in the light above him. One of them called Joseph by name and said, pointing to the other, "This is My Beloved Son. Hear him." After Joseph asked the question of which church to join, he was instructed to join none of them. This remarkable vision began what we call the restoration of the Gospel, wherein all of the authority, doctrines, church organization, etc.(most of which had been lost from the earth after the death of Jesus Christ and His apostles) was restored to the earth once again under the direction of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was His chosen servant to do this great work. Because he talked with and received revelation from God he is referred to as the Prophet, Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No. Mormons are taught to be kind and to serve others regardless of religion. We strive to be active participants in our communities and to help as opportunities arise. Show more Show less