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Hi I'm Gerald

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are both from pioneer heritage, making our children unique in the Church. Except for my paternal grandmother, our children are sixth or seventh generation members of the Church on all other lines. Early in our marriage, we had difficulty having children but were finally blessed with eight. I work as a Professional Agrologist in Agronomy and thoroughly love what I do.

Why I am a Mormon

Although having been raised LDS, I was taught at an early age to determine for myself if the gospel was true. As I learned, studied, read the scriptures and prayed, I felt a warm burning in my soul that confirmed to me that these things are true. It is within the restored gospel of Jesus Christ that I have found the answers to life's most challenging questions. I once had a coworker who asked several questions and I was able to provide answers from what I had learned, often with scriptural support. She was a Minister's daughter and had attended her church college. She told me that the questions that she had asked me were the same ones that she had asked of her professors at college. She wanted to know why I was able to give her answers to her questions when her professors were not. I told her that it was because I was the beneficiary of having received the restored gospel with living prophets who provided us with those answers to life's questions.  

How I live my faith

Mormonism is not a "just for Sunday" religion. It is a commitment and a lifestyle that we live every day. I am committed as a disciple of Jesus Christ to live the best that I can, striving to overcome my human weaknesses, asking for His forgiveness as needed, and for the strength to do what is right in all things. I have had the privilege of teaching the gospel to people of all ages and one of the greatest delights is to see the sparkle in their eyes when their hearts are touched by the Holy Ghost and they come to know that these principles are true and they make a commitment to live those principles themselves.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Gerald
I have often heard the comment, or variations thereof, "If there really was a god, then why to we have so much wickedness in the world?" The greatest gift that God has given us is our "agency" or the right to choose for ourselves. He will not force us to do anything. That is Satan's objective, and he would like us to think that it is God's fault. All the wickedness in the world is not God's doing but rather man's inhumanity to man. It is mankind making choices to inflict pain and suffering on others for their own pleasure or personal gain. Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a great book on this subject, "Why Bad Things Happen to Good People". We may not be able to change the world, but we can change the world right around us by making correct choices in all that we do, whether for ourselves or for others. In the Book of Mormon, Father Lehi teaches his family "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things." (2Ne 2:11) Therefore, it is up to us to choose righteousness or wickedness and thereby influence our part of the world accordingly. Just as any responsible parent, Heavenly Father wants the best for all of His children, but He can't do it for us. We must choose for ourselves. The other thing that we must understand is that we will also be held accountable for our choices at some point in our lives, so it behooves us to do the best that we can, for ourselves and for all those for whom we are responsible. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Gerald
Why to we refer to our God as Heavenly Father? Because He is the Father of our Spirits. This would also suggest that we are a family, and that the family unit is the basic organization of life, growth, personal development and of gaining an understanding of who we are and our purpose in life. This would further suggest that regardless of race, color or creed, we are all spiritual brothers and sisters. Am I my brother's keeper? Absolutely. And as such, I want the best for each of my siblings, to see them realize their potential and have joy. The family is designed to nurture, to guide, to mentor, to support, to encourage and to sustain each of us as we meet the challenges of life so that we may make the choices that are best for our personal progression. Show more Show less