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Hi I'm Gregg

I'm a Mormon. I'm also happily married, a father of three amazing children, and a software product manager.

About Me

I love being a husband and father. To me, those relationships are the most rewarding in life. I want to be an active part of helping my children grow, develop, and find their way. I love being with people and trying to be the best friend I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the LDS Church for the simple reason that it brings joy into my life in a way that is not available through any other means. It brings me hope, and it brings light, truth and understanding into my life. Some of my earliest memories are of being taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ by my parents, both in word and deed. More than a few of my fore bearers sacrificed everything they had (including some dear relationships) to follow Jesus Christ. However, I could easily walk away from their legacy of faith if I had not gained my own witness that there is a living God; that he loves us; that we don't have to walk in darkness; that he has a plan for us; and that his plan is centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind. The Church of Jesus Christ is the only church authorized by the Savior to administer saving ordinances that can bind families together for eternity and open the gate that leads us home to our loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I try daily to follow the example set by Jesus Christ. I try to love others unconditionally and to understand their needs and be a true friend. I work hard to provide for my family and to be a good example. I try to make family time a priority. Currently, I'm serving in a volunteer capacity with the 12-13 year-old boys in our congregation. We teach them gospel principles and doctrines on Sundays, and then practice those truths during weekly activities. We use Boy Scouting as a program to help them develop character, become better citizens, and learn fitness. We use camping and outdoor activities to help them experience adventures and learn to do challenging things. We teach them to serve their neighbors and we try to help them grow.

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

Gregg
We believe the Bible and other records passed down through centuries, that God has spoken to man starting with Adam and Eve and continues to speak to us in modern days. God loves us and knows what will bring us true joy in this life and in the life to come. He has declared and continues to command that sexual relations are only to be practiced between husband and wife, legally and lawfully married. He has ordained marriage for the purpose of binding husbands and wives together in a special relationship that can last not just in this life, but for all eternity, and to bring children into the world and nurture them. Others will fail to understand these truths or try to change them, but the family is central to God's plan and he continues to make his will quite clear on this matter. As members of his church, we will defend these truths. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Gregg
To members of the Church of Jesus Christ, a testimony is a witness of truth, not unlike the role that testimony plays in a court of law. One primary difference is that, when a member speaks of testimony, they are referring to a spiritual witness of truth that has come to them by the power of God. God, our loving Heavenly Father, reveals truth to his children, often not through words or with things that can be seen, but through things that can be felt. It is spirit-to-spirit communication, which leaves a more powerful impression than any witness given through our other senses. We believe that Heavenly Father helps us, through witnesses given by the Holy Ghost, to come to know what is true. The Holy Ghost has borne witness of truth to me many, many times. This witness is available to all who humbly and earnestly seek it. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Gregg
Might I suggest four steps that continue to work for me as I seek to know truth: First, gain a desire to find truth, the kind of truth that comes from God (the author of truth). Second, study the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Don't study it to find fault, but study it to know of God's plan for his children and the mission and gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of mankind. Third, live the truths that are taught in the Book of Mormon, including faith, hope, charity, and obedience to the commandments of God (see Moroni chapter 7). As you start to live these truths, ask yourself what consequences you are seeing in your life as a result of loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself. Fourth, pray to God with real intent and ask him to bear witness to your heart the truthfulness of these things and to guide you as you continue along this path. I know this is the way. I have experienced it for myself. The day we begin to distance ourselves from sin and anything unclean is the day we turn our back on misery and begin to walk toward the light of Jesus Christ. With each step, we feel the warmth of his love, and we soon discover his hand has been stretched out toward us the entire time. Show more Show less