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Hi I'm Greg

I'm a father, grandfather, a great grandfather, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am retired. I've worked in various occupations.Being a grandparent has brought a whole new dimension of love to my life. I am an avid traveller. I have been to many parts of the world and hope to visit many more.

Why I am a Mormon

Several years ago when my family was quite young I found myself praying to God. In that prayer I told him that if He had anything for me to do He should let me know now before I lost my interest and committment to seek Him out. A few days later while I was at home, two young men knocked on my door. I spoke to them through my screen door. I saw that they were wearing name tags and I wondered what they wanted. One of them stepped up to the door and said,"We have a message for you from Jesus Christ". I answered,"Yeah, what does He want?" He told me that Jesus had ministered to the people in the Americas in ancient times and there was a book telling the account of these ancient people. In that moment, although I had never heard this before there was a special spirit about what he said that rang true to me. After learning more over a period of time I decided to kneel down and pray to ask God if this book was true. I no sooner ask the question in my heart that I was filled up inside. I became so filled that tears ran down my face. It wasn't because I was sobbing, I was being filled so completely with what I now know was the Holy Ghost. I was moved to open the book. As I did I opened up to the Book of Helaman chapter 5 verses 9-12. It spoke of making Jesus Christ your foundation. I received a confirmation and a witness that the book was true. After making some changes in my life; smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, drinking coffee and tea, I decided to be baptized. I was baptized in July of 1986 along with my 9 and 12 year old sons. My wife was baptized a few months later. We have never looked back.

How I live my faith

First and foremost I love and respect my family. Family is the most important aspect of anyone's life. I think, if you want to sum up,"mormonism", in one word it would be,"FAMILY". I try my best to fulfill the callings I have been given in the church. I have been a missionary, a youth Sunday School teacher, teaching children from 4 years old to 17. I have served in various Leadership positions and have represented my church on local eccumenical councils in my community. I have been a laision to the community to help provide food and support to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. I work with local groups dealing with matters of drug abuse, domestic violence, re-entry to the community for former offenders, and work with youth organizations. I serve others whether they are members of my church or not. I counsel with people. I help them in their endeavors to accomplish their goals. And I smile at everyone, even my enemies, of which I like to think I have few. 

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

There are standards which a person must live by in order to enter the Temple. Although most mormons would qualify to enter the temple there are also members who choose, for whatever reason, not to participate in the temple. There is nothing secret that goes on in our temples, it is sacred. This is why mormons don't discuss those things outside the temple with family, church members, friends or aquaintances. It should suffice to say, we are a covenant people and those things done in the temple have to do with the great,"Plan of Salvation". Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon has gone through a literal translation through the gift and power of God. It has been able to capture and convey the pure spirit and meaning of what was written more powerfully and spiritually than the Bible. The Bible is absolutely true. However as it has gone through the changes and translations through the centuries it does not have the pure language and spirit as when it was originally written. In 1823 Moroni, a resurrected being, appeared to Joseph Smith who was called of God to be a latter-day prophet. Moroni instructed Joseph Smith where to find the gold plates, which Joseph translated and then published in 1830. The Book of Mormon also contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and is a companion to the Bible. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Mormons DO NOT practice polygamy. The practice of polygamy was suspended in the late 19th century. Any member of the church who practices polygamy today risks excommunication. Those who practice polygamy and claim to be mormon are not true mormons and are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Truth! Show more Show less