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Hi I'm Greg

I am a retired Army paratrooper and a professional entertainer. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

After living my first seven years of life in Randolph, Vermont, I relocated to Alabama with my mother and siblings in 1946 and, in 1954, I moved to Detroit, Michigan. After high school graduation I joined the U.S. Army in 1960. While stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 1965 I joined the Church along with my first wife. She and I remained married until 1976 upon my return home from my second tour in Korea. I married my current wife (a non-member) in 1978 and she helped immensely in the loving care of my two sons. Shortly after my retirement from the Army in 1980, we moved to Tucson, Arizona, staying there a little over 11 years. Other relocations to Breckinridge, Texas, upon my Postal retirement, and then to Little Rock, Arkansas, to work in the banking industry had almost became my last move. We moved to Louisiana in August 2002 to be near her eldest daughter. In November 2004, I returned to full activity in the Church with my home ward in West Monroe, Louisiana. I was called as a Monroe stake high councilor in July 2007. Aside from delivering monthly talks in my assigned unit of Farmerville, Louisiana, I enjoy guitar playing, singing, and writing. I have become busier than ever in my full retirement between Church, family, and entertaining.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church in 1965 knowing that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. A question long unanswered for me became real while reading 1 Nephi 13 wherein it elaborates why the American Indian had become scattered and subjugated by the Gentiles. The scripture also, and most important, conveys to me the divine mission of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and explains many truths long lost that was once contained in the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon had fascinated me by foretelling important events long before they occurred, such as the sailing of Columbus, the Pilgrims and the Puritans coming to America, but the compelling part of this scripture is found within 3 Nephi where it tells us of the coming of Jesus Christ to the peoples of ancient America--teaching the Gospel and ordaining to the priesthood holy disciples who are charged to take forth His teachings to all. The writings in 3 Nephi are my strongest reasons for joining His Church. I am happy to take upon me the unofficial name of Mormon as I know without doubt that this Church is the true restored Church of Jesus Christ. It is my strong desire to always set the example for others and become instrumental for others to also learn of the truths as I know them in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I try earnestly to read and study the scriptures daily, sharing what I know with others on the Internet message boards and in personal contacts with inactive members, and pay a full tithe. I regularly attend all meetings that are necessary for my calling as a high councilor and membership in the Church and try everyday to be a loving, patient, and humble servant of Christ in my dealings with others. I view my monthly hometeaching assignments as crucial to my continued worthiness and attempt monthly visits to the Baton Rouge Temple to participate in sacred ordinances for my ancestors. And with it all, I try to work on my many weaknesses through prayer to my Heavenly Father.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Greg
Much of the financial burden rests upon the individual savings that were accumulated by the missionary and of the parents' donations during the two years of service. Yet in the field of service each missionary depends upon the loving resources of their assigned unit, such as meals provided by different families and exchanges made at the expense of another Elder or High Priest wherein they travel to appointments and through tracting. Donations from each ward or branch individual may be made for the missionary fund through the regular tithing process. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Greg
For starters, visit your local unit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on any given Sunday morning. Most meetings start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and continue to the noon hour. Introduce yourself as a visitor and one that welcomes additional instruction. The assigned missionaries will then befriend you and they will take it further. You can also learn more about the Mormon Church through this website and lds.org. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Greg
The purpose of life is coming to the earth to gain a mortal body, to practice Christ-like teachings in mortality, and to return to the Father's presence in a glorified and perfected body and spirit which comprises the soul. This is the way that opens eternal life. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Greg
The Mormon prophet is chosen through much prayer, fasting, and divine revelation through a complete acceptance by the governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve. In usual situations it is the senior Apostle who is chosen, but the Lord dictates through revelation His ultimate choice. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Greg
This is a wonderful question! Contact your local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a missionary visit and a pair of missionaries will visit and teach the basics of the Gospel. They will become your new friends for life as they are the pivot point to your membership in the Church. They will guide you through the steps that start with baptism and confirmation and then provide for additional lessons on Sunday to help explain in detail the fundamental doctrines of the Church. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Greg
Families are central to God's plan, which provides a way for family relationships to extend beyond the grave. Sacred temple ordinances and covenants, faithfully kept, help us return to the presence of God, united eternally with our families. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Greg
We believe, as attested in the Book of Mormon, that upon death the righteous will enter Paradise, a spirit world, and the unrighteous will enter a prison world, a hell in its right. There, in these spirit worlds, we may progress through the acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through His messengers and of any sacred temple ordinances made in and on our behalf. We believe that when Christ shall usher in the Millennium a resurrection of body and spirit of the righteous will take place. Subsequently, we all will face the Savior for our ultimate eternal judgment and assignment within one of God's many mansions. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Greg
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the veritable Son of God, the Firstborn of the Father, and the second Entity in the Godhead. Mormons believe, as attested by Old Testament scripture, that Jesus Christ is, in fact, the great Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament and the Savior of mankind. Jesus Christ is our advocate with the Father and the only way that we may return to His presence. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Greg
Ultimately, we should have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and that He is the advocate with the Father in Heaven, through which salvation is received and eternal life is found. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Greg
We abstain from certain harmful ingredients and focus open that which is good for us as outlined in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 89. Christ gave this to us initially as a strong recommendation, as His will, but it was sustained a commandment of the Lord by the participants in a General Conference under the leadership of Brigham Young. The Lord knew that certain ingredients in coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages were harmful to man. It is only in recent times have we discovered, through science, the truth of those things. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Greg
Biblical scripture supports this practice, such as found in Malachi 4: 5-6 and 1 Corinthians 15: 29. In the Grand Council in Heaven we have learned that we are to be made perfect with our dead as they are to become perfect with us. There must be a welding link from our ancestors to each individual living today and through genealogy research and sacred Temple ordinances this may be established for our eternal salvation. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Greg
Latter-day Saints earned the derisive nickname of Mormon because of the importance of the recently published Book of Mormon in 1830. We take no offense at the nickname because, for many people, that name identifies the Church explicitly and instantly. Nonetheless, we are properly identified as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Greg
No restrictions have ever existed in the Church's history who may join. In the days of Joseph Smith the Church held as members several of the black race. The only restriction ever placed upon the Church were those to be ordained into the Holy Priesthood of God. For centuries, since the days of Cain, the Holy Priesthood of God was restricted by His divine commandment and not by man. Fortunately, in 1978, then President Spencer W. Kimball of the Church had received a direct revelation that the priesthood is not confined to only whites and other races, excluding those of the black race. Today, all worthy males, regardless of race, color, or origin, may be ordained into the priesthood and hold specific offices within that priesthood. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Greg
Primarily, it is through ignorance of our beliefs that many call the Mormon Church a cult. Such unbelievers refuse to accept that Mormons believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of all mankind. Yet, by literal definition, all religions may be branded as cults because a Higher Being in them is professed and worshiped. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Greg
Eternal life for us began with our premortal existence with Heavenly Father. In His great Plan of Salvation He explained that we may continue on the road to eternal life provided we be obedient to all His commandments and crucial ordinances that will pave the way to life in the highest glory in Heaven. Also, we believe in "eternal life" because it makes sense and brings order, reason, and eternal objectives to us. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Greg
Yes, husbands and wives may be sealed together in the holy temples of the Lord, provided they meet the requisite worthiness in full standing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those sealed within our holy temples as man and wife with children of that covenant will live eternally within the realms of the highest kingdom of God--provided sacred promises made are not broken by any party. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Greg
Yes. The Lord's appearance on the American continent after His crucifixion is detailed in 3 Nephi of the Book of Mormon. It is a compelling chapter to read in its entirety and will humble the most proud of us. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Greg
A testimony is usually defined as knowledge or assurance of a truth that a person declares by the convincing power of the Holy Ghost. Because the things of God are known only by the power of the Spirit, they must be declared by the Spirit, and that means bearing testimony. A testimony of the Gospel is a personal declaration that a person has come to know through the power of the Holy Ghost. Generally speaking, a testimony is short, precise, and concise. What it is not is an exhortation, an experience, a public confession, a long sermon or a talk on some doctrinal point, or a long explanation of how one knows but rather what one knows to be true. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Greg
Mormonism is the name applied to those who believe and practice the principles of the gospel as defined by Jesus Christ through revelation in modern times. Mormons believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. We also believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Additional faith statements that join the above two will be found in what is called the Articles of Faith as Joseph Smith had authored before his martydom. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Greg
The Church's stance on homosexuality is that the Lord God condemns the practice as unholy and unrighteous, as defined in the Old Testament. We always welcome all into the Church--even homosexuals--so long as they practice abstention. Same-sex marriages are looked upon by the Church as contradictory to the Eternal Father's plan for the human family and its ultimate salvation. It is contrary to the natural order of procreation, which is held sacred by God. The Church condemns such practices, but will welcome the repentant into the fold that will abstain and avoid such immoral practices. Show more Show less