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Hi I'm Geoff

I host a Mormon-themed podcast. I work in international development. And I really love Chick-Fil-A. Also, I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm married to a bodacious babe of a wife. I come from a diverse background. I love international affairs and international development, but probably love music above all else. Currently, I work on development projects while volunteering for a large foreign policy organization. I also host a number of Mormon podcasts. For hobbies, I writing and performing music of many genres. I am a Food Network addict. And I love knowledge! And within the LDS Church, my wife and I teach 4-year-olds every week in Sunday school. They are pretty much the coolest people on the planet.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon household, but that's hardly the reason I'm Mormon. Sure, when I was younger I went to church because it's what I was raised to do, but that changed as a left adolescence and entered young adulthood. Like many Mormon young men, I donned my white shirt and tie and went on a mission. Mine was to Spain. You'll read it time and time again from many guys who go on missions, but my mission really did mean the world to me. I think when I left on my mission I did it because I felt a sense of duty and inevitability in doing so. During the course of my mission, however, I came to see the real power that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has to change lives. I had always believed in the messages I'd been taught throughout my life, but in sharing it with others I found how strong my own belief was. I saw lives changed. I witnessed incredible things. I can hardly express how humbling it was to spend two years serving people. The teachings of Christ center on service to others. But that was many years ago. I continue to be Mormon not just because of experiences in Spain when I was younger, but because I have tried to do the same things I challenged people to do when I was a missionary: Study the teachings of the Church, ponder it sincerely, and pray about it with real intent. God exists and He truly does answer prayers. Prophets live today. Think about that! Real prophets, just like we read about in the Bible. I think that's amazing.

How I live my faith

There's no perfect formula for being a Mormon, but I find the key is to always try and be better. I read my scriptures as frequently as I can, always aiming to be consistent with doing it on a daily basis. I attend the temple (different from a weekly meetinghouse) as frequently as I am able. I go to church every Sunday. I serve in various capacities as I am asked (the LDS Church has an all-volunteer, lay clergy and leadership), and I do my best to be involved. All in all, I try to live my life following the example of the Savior. I'm not perfect. I hope that through the course of time I can be more perfect. If we do something a little bit better each day, then we have our course properly laid out.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Geoff
Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the Restoration. That sounds like a pre-rehearsed line, doesn't it? Let me explain. First off, we don't worship Joseph Smith. At all. If anyone ever tells you that we do, you can tell them that Geoff told you otherwise. We do, however, greatly revere and respect Joseph Smith because of how instrumental he was in restoring the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. You see, like many of us, as a boy, Joseph struggled to find the true church of Christ. The Bible clearly discusses Christ organizing a church, yet in his day - just as in ours - there were many churches, all of which claimed to be the one true church. Long story short, Joseph sought answers through prayer after reading a passage in James 1:5. Once when he retired to a peaceful grove of trees, at the age of 14, he prayed earnestly to know which Church to join. As he prayed he was enveloped by light and saw before him God the Father and Jesus Christ. They told him to join none of the churches. As the years went on, Joseph Smith matured and had many other important experiences and visitations, and Christ restored His church to the earth through Joseph Smith. Joseph would be the first to say that he was indeed just a man, but as Mormons we are eternally grateful that he chose to ask God what was truth. It is that same spirit of inquiry that guides the Church today. We refer to Joseph as the prophet of the Restoration because Joseph did not start his own church, but because the full gospel of Jesus Christ, with apostles, revelation, and prophecy, was restored through him. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Geoff
I briefly mentioned this earlier. Attending church consists of a three-hour meeting schedule during which we hold a sacrament meeting (sort of the Mormon equivalent of mass or any other large congregational gathering each Sunday), as well as other Sunday school classes. These meetings are always welcome to anyone at all, regardless of belief. We encourage our friends to visit us. The temple, on the other hand, is reserved not just for members of the Church, but only those in good standing who hold a recommend given to them by their church leaders. In the temple we receive further instruction about our purpose on this earth, and fully focus our thoughts and efforts on serving the Lord. Going to the temple should be the goal of any Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Geoff
Yep! We sure do. We believe in the Bible just as much as we do the Book of Mormon. It's always made me sad that many of our fellow Christians say that Mormons do not believe the Bible. We love the Bible. We study it and refer to it frequently. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Geoff
No. Young men ages 19-26 are encouraged to serve missions, but it is not any sort of sin if they do not. Young women ages 21+, as well as senior couples are also encouraged to serve missions if they feel the desire. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Geoff
If this were the case, we'd be bored with ourselves very quickly! Mormons believe in helping their community and nation, regardless of differing religious views with our neighbors. We believe in loving and serving all of God's children. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Geoff
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. Mormons believe that the priesthood is the same authority Jesus gave to his Apostles, and the same authority that was carried by Adam, Moses, Abraham, and other prophets of old. The priesthood can be used to bless the sick, perform gospel ordinances, and guide the members of the Church. The priesthood exists to help and improve the lives of others. It must be used with humility or else it is rendered moot. Show more Show less