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Hi I'm Gene

As a youth, I grew up in PA and CA. I am a retired Naval Officer & Aviator. I taught high school NJROTC. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My high school sports were swimming and water polo. I went to the University of New Mexico and that is where I became a member of the Church. While I was in the Navy, I traveled all over the world and lived 3 years in Japan. When I retired from the Navy, I taught high school for 16 years and retired again. I have also been a rifle coach for over 20 years. In my leisure time I like to work in the yard, play with my grandchildren, and read.

Why I am a Mormon

I first learned about the Church when I was in high school. A close friend of mine and I were having a discussion about the 10 commandments. When she challenged me that I did not know all of them, I did some research using references from my own church and when it turned out that she was correct, that opened my heart to listening to the message of the missionaries. After the missionaries challenged me to be baptized, I had to get permission from my parents. They said no. It wasn't until 3 years later when I went away to college, and started hanging out with some less than desirable friends, I realized that I needed something different in my life. It was the concept of "eternal families" that first drew me to the Church. Since my baptism many years ago, I have learned more about the Savior, His Atoning sacrifice, and His great love for me. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, I now have a relationship with a loving and kind God. No other church teaches and instills in its members the doctrine that we are literally children of a Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ is our elder brother.

How I live my faith

Currently, I teach and work with the young men 14 - 16 years of age in our congregation. Recently I completed a 12 month service mission at the Bishops' Storehouse which included delivering food orders for individuals going through difficult times. I volunteer as a rifle coach for one of the local high schools and substitute there several times a month.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

This belief that Mormonism is a cult places a stumbling block between Latter-day-Saints and "traditional" Christians. Because many the of doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints are not the same, do not meet a check list definition of what a Christian church is supposed to teach, we are not considered to be Christians. I have been personally affected by such by a misunderstanding to the point where I have been told that I am not a Christian in a very un-Christian way. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and my belief about Him, does not take away His ability to save my soul or any other person's soul. Show more Show less