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Hi I'm Greg

I grew up in Minnesota. I was baptized there when I was 25. I'm now a Mormon and love it so much!

About Me

I love photography! I also enjoy riding my mountain bike. I have two adult children who are happily married and have given me five grandchildren! My wife and I enjoy going to movies and eating out together. I am also a gardener. I don't do particularly well with it (the weeds often win) but I do get to eat a few delicious things from my yard. I even take pictures of some of the things I grow, combining the hobbies. I actually love my bicycle far more than I do my car! That bike is more than a recreation vehicle for me, since I often run errands with it. I find it to be both relaxing and challenging at the same time. My love of riding it helps this old body of mine stay fit!

Why I am a Mormon

Years ago, when I was 25, and living in Minnesota, a girl I was dating got me interested in visiting with the missionaries. I did so with an open mind. I did not want to feel prejudiced one way or another. I already had a faith in God and Jesus Christ and was happy in my religion. Two sister missionaries came to teach me. I found that what they said was true. I would prepare 3x5 cards with questions for them. They answered every one of them with ease. I prayed fervently to Heavenly Father that these two would not lead me down "the yellow brick road". I simply wanted truth! I read parts of the Book of Mormon, and came to Moroni 10:3-5. These verses tell the reader to ask of God, to see if these things are not true! I felt that, if these people, and Joseph Smith, who translated the book, were lying to us, that this would be an incredibly bold statement to make! I tested it. I again received answers that these things are true! I didn't want to hear that! I was comfortable and happy in my current faith. I kept praying, and I kept finding it was true! I then felt I had no other choice but to be baptized! Since that day of decision, especially in the earlier years, I had times when I felt homesick for my old religion. When that happened, I would review what I knew, and would imagine going back, and found that doing so would be no good! The old religion simply doesn't have the truths I have learned and consider to be necessary to me. I have been blessed through several hardships, including the passing of my parents. With my old faith, this would have been devastating to me. But, now, with my understanding that we are eternal children of our Heavenly Father, I believe I will see them again! While I still grieved over their deaths, it was lessened, and I was greatly comforted in my greater understanding of eternal life. I love my faith and testimony! I love receiving answers to prayer, and knowing greater truths than I ever knew before!

How I live my faith

My city has an annual clean up day, which I have participated in, by going to a local cemetery and cleaning it, or picking up litter on the nearby hiking/biking trail that I love to use. Participating in my Church ward is very special to me. We, the members of my ward, often reach out to each other as we have needs. Currently, my wife and I are the ones in need. My wife has cancer, and is going through chemotherapy. People from my ward have delivered meals, and have volunteered to assist with cleaning, transportation, or whatever we need. Normally, I would have a responsibility in the Church, but for now, it is a joy to be able to care for my wife, who is doing great, despite being somewhat weak, by the way. A short time ago, my wife and I were assigned as workers in a small Church unit that was in a local nursing home. We were a very small and close knit unit. It was a special and sacred responsibility to serve the residents of that nursing home. The Spirit often felt so thick that it seemed you could cut it with a knife! But, with the chemotherapy, it's dangerous for her to be there, so we are back with the congregation we normally go to. We enjoy them all! Since my main calling (or responsibility in the Church) is to take care of my wife while she is going through this, I clean the house to keep her from getting any "bugs", and then I take the time to do family history and a little temple work when given the chance.