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Hi I'm Greg

I'm a dad

About Me

I've been married for almost 9 years. Me and my wife have two children. My son is a kindergartener and my daughter attends pre-school. I'm an officer in the US Air Force. I've been in the Air Force for 8 years. Prior to my current assignment, I've deployed to the Middle East and I've been stationed in Delaware, USA; Ohio, USA; Turkey; and Honduras. I enjoy traveling and have loved everywhere that I have been able to live. My current assignment is attending graduate school to earn a doctorate degree in engineering. At the conclusion of my degree, I will join the faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology. I also love running and have run in two marathons. I also enjoy reading and learning. I love my family and sharing life with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon and attended high school in the Bible belt. During my junior year, my beliefs were challenged every day by some of my peers. On the outside I always stood up for what I believed, but on the inside I started to question core beliefs such as was Joseph Smith a prophet of God. One day it was too much and I decided that I needed to pray to know the truth. That night I earnestly prayed. I prayed to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ appeared to him, and that my church was true. As I prayed, I felt the Holy Spirit in my heart. A blanket of warmth and God's love came over me and I knew in my heart that the things which I had been taught about God and His church were true. I knew that the things I had learned in church were true and right.

How I live my faith

After you are baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, you are given the gift of the Holy Ghost. As long as you live a Christ-like life, the Holy Spirit will always be with you. I try to always have the Holy Ghost with me so that I can know what God wants me to do. I've found that daily activities such as prayer and scripture study and weekly church attendence are prequisities to its companionship. Having the Holy Spirit with me is important because God really does tell me what to do in life from small events to big events. I teach a 6-year old Sunday School class. Having the Holy Ghost with me, helps me as I prepare my lessons each week so that I can know how to best teach them about Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost also helps me and my wife raise our two children. It helps us know how we can best teach them to love the Holy Scriptures. It helps us as we teach them to pray. It helps us teach them to love God. The Spirit also guides me in large decisions. The decision to get a doctorate was made based upon feelings that I felt from the Holy Ghost. The experience was very personal, but everything from the decision to apply for graduate school to my actual school selection was guided by God through the Holy Spirit. I am amazed at the love that God has for me and my family. I know that He knows me personally. I try to live my faith in a way that would make Him proud.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Greg
 The Mormon Church was organized on 6 April 1830 in Fayette, New York, USA. However, it really began when Jesus Christ called his apostles when He lived on the earth. The organization of the church in 1830 was the culmination of 10 years worth of work by the prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith first learned of his divine calling in the spring of 1820, near Palmyra, New York, when he prayed to know which church to join. In answer to his prayer, he had a vision in which God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that none of the churches on the earth was God's church. Joseph Smith recieved subsequent visions and visits by Heavenly Messengers. Joseph Smith was told of the existence of an ancient record written by prophets who lived in America. Joseph Smith recieved the record and translated it. Joseph Smith also recieved the priesthood by Heavenly Messengers. He received the power to baptize from a resurrected John the Baptist near Harmony, Pennsylvania and he received the power to organize the church from Christ's apostles Peter, James, and John. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to be a prophet. I also know that Joseph Smith restored Christ's church. That church may now be commonly referred to as the Mormon church--but it is really the Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Greg
When Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, they and their descendents were cut off from God both physically and spiritually See Alma 42.7. The Grace of Christ enables us to overcome both of these obstacles i.e. physical death and spiritual death so that we can return to live with God after we die. This sentiment is repeated frequently throughout the scriptures Through the grace of Christ, we shall be saved, Acts 15.11 The grace of God brings salvation, Titus 2.11 and No one can dwell in the presence of God but through the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, 2 Ne. 28. Thus, through the grace of Christ we can overcome physical death and spiritual death i.e. sin. Our ability to overcome physical death via the resurrection is a gift given to humanity by Christ. Everyone who has or ever will live on earth will live again due to Jesus Christ See John 5.28-29 and Alma 40.23. We can overcome spiritual death by coming unto Christ and repenting of our sins. John 3.16 reads “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoso believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 14.12 clarifies what Jesus meant when he said that we must believe on him to be saved when He said that we must do the things that he did. Jesus requires us to keep his commandments, repent of our sins and be baptized into His church in order for us to overcome the damning effects of sin see Matt 3 or 2 Ne 31. The grace of Christ is really an expression of God’s love for us. God wants us to return to live with him and have eternal life. Because we are mortals and imperfect beings, and unable to return to God by ourselves, our Heavenly Father sent his Son, Jesus Christ to earth to die for us. Christ’s death enables us to live again—both spiritually and physically with God if we will follow him. Show more Show less