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Hi I'm Gene

I live on Vashon Island in WA. I cherish my family. I work for the best company. I'm into self-sufficiency. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle. Some call me Dad, and others call me Pa. I enjoy video chatting with my family to keep in-touch, where ever they are. I'm into anything dealing with self-sufficiency, from gardening, to raising chickens & (soon) fish. I fish and hunt & love to teach others to do so as well. I enjoy preserving these foods, and the security I feel when I see them on the shelf or in the freezer. I really enjoy researching, getting a vision for something, inventing, tinkering, and then putting it in practice with regards to self sufficiency...sometimes it works & sometimes not, but we learn, grow, & move forward. I enjoy cutting & splitting wood (well, not totally), and burning it for heat & cooking in the winter (this I do enjoy). I like to serve the community, and help on the IFCH (Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness). I love to see the smile on a childs face as they get a freely provided warm meal in the cold of the winter. I enjoy putting my arms around others of different faiths and serve together...there is so much good that so many do. I enjoy keeping in shape and saving $ by riding my bike to work everyday...even in the winter when it is raining. I like to work with numbers. I am an estimator for the best Mechanical Contractor in the Seattle Area. I enjoy holding hands, & sharing thoughts with my best friend, my wife. I love it when she smiles at me or tells me that she loves me. I like to send her flowers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by a loving mother, who had been a member all of her life, and by a loving father who, while not a member (He later was baptized), could see nothing but good coming from the teachings his children received. However, there came a time when I needed to choose for myself. I still remember an evening, when I was away at school, when a group of friends & I were trying to decide where we should go. We would ask, "Where should we go to have the most fun?" We would then decide on a place and walk towards it. Then, someone would suggest another location. We would then decide to go there and start to walk towards it. After we walked in circles 2 or 3 times, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I alredy knew where to go to find the most joy, to find the most happiness, and this was not a joy or happiness that was momentary, but that would last. It was "The Church". Everything we had talked about doing, would only provide fun for a short time, and then it would be over. The joy & happiness that could be found in "The Church", was something that would last forever. I then vowed to do whatever I needed to do to find out for myself if everything I had been taught, while growing up, was true. I read the Book of Mormon in 2 days, with very little sleep. I studied everything I could get my hands on. I prayed like everything depended on it. I prayed sincerely, with real intent, having faith that I would get an answer. The answers came...not all at once, but they did come. I felt good. I felt at peace. I felt a warmth that I knew came from God. This was the path. This was the way. These feelings of peace have been repeated numerous times throughout my life. Every time I hear a spark of truth, the feelings return, and are intensified. I know this is the way for me. I know that everyone can find out these same things for themselves. God is so good, and loves everyone. He wants us all to be happy...not just for the moment, but forever.

How I live my faith

I am very involved with my faith. It is who I am. I believe that one must take care of their own personal relationship with God first, before reaching out to others. This is why such a high priority is placed on personal worship. I strive to read & study my scriptures daily. This, accompanied by personal prayer, lays the foundaton for my day. This keeps me in tune with the spirit to direct & guide me in all aspects of my life. I am not perfect, but I know that I am much better off when keeping up with my daily personal worship than without. Next, we strive to hold family scripture study and prayer on a daily basis, and Family Home Evening on a weekly basis. My wife is much better at remembering than I am. Again, we are not perfect. Sometimes, it may only be a verse or two out of the scriptures. However, on those days when we do a good job of this, we are closer to each other, and can feel the spirit more in our family. Family Home Evening is not always a "Formal" thing. Many times it is just being together. I believe that time together as a family is hugely important. Our children always know that they are loved, and that they can turn to us as parents for anything. In the church, the members have "Callings", or things they are asked to do. We may be asked by the leaders in our area, but we believe that the leaders were guided by God to give us these stewardships. I strive to keep this in mind as I try to magnify my calling(s), whatever they may be. Again, I am not perfect, but the better I do, the better I feel. Finally, I love to be involved in our community in ways that help other people. There is an interfaith group of church leaders that help provide services for others to prevent homelessness. I find this very fulfilling. I am able to bring out some of the church's teachings of Prepardeness in the Food Security Group, which helps foster good relationships. I have so many great friends. There are so many, who do so much good. It is great to be a part of it.