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Hi I'm George

I love my wife and my children. I love the mountains. I became a first time Marathoner in 2011 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest (by almost 12 years) of five children. I was born in the thriving metropolis of Tooele (prounounced 2-ill-a) Utah in 1961. My Dad worked for the Union Pacific Railroad so we moved to several places in California and Idaho before ending back in Sandy, Utah as I started my ninth grade year. I grew up fishing and hunting in the mountains and farms of the west. I began studying the martial arts when I was about 17 years old and was heavily involved for about 5 years. I entered several tournaments and even won one tournament in my weight class. I love all types of sports but most recently have taken up running. I completed my first marathon (Savannah Nov. 2011). My favorite spectator sport is watching BYU football. I began dating my wife Sara in 1984 about 9 months before I left for Japan to serve as a full time missionary. Sara left about 9 months after me to serve as a full time missionary in Costa Rica and Panama. We wrote each other weekly and were married shortly after we both returned in 1987. I entered Brigham Young University that same year and finished in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Construction Management. We were blessed with 2 children (Jakob 1989, and Auriana 1991) while I was finishing my degree. We were blessed with another daughter Jennifer in 1994. I have worked in the construction industry since that time and currently work for a large Japanese construction company in Georgia.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and I want to become like Him. In my childhood my family were not active church goers. About the only time I remember going to church was if a friend invited me. I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 11 years old but I didn't understand much about the church at that time. I had the faith of a child and usually only prayed when I was scared or wanted something (like the return of a lost dog). When we moved back to Utah in my 9th grade year I began to attend church with my friends on a fairly regular basis. I think I always believed in God but I lacked the strength to be fully committed to living the gospel. When I was about 21 I began dating a girl that told me she would not get married to someone who was not committed to living the gospel. We eventually broke up and this caused me to do some deep soul searching. I began dating other girls and was even engaged to one but I recieved a very strong feeling that it was not right so I broke off the engagement. At this time I began to fully committ myself to living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I began to have many powerful spiritual experiences that gave me a much clearer understanding of God and my relationship with Him. Because of those spiritual experiences I developed a strong desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others and was eventually called to serve as a missionary to the people of Japan. Since that time my faith has deepened and increased as I have had many opportunities to serve others and to see how the Lord blesses all of his children. I can say without a doubt that I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and the Savior of all mankind. He is my very best friend and I love Him with all my heart and soul. I know that we are lost without Him but I also know that there is nothing that we cannot do with Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying for guidance everyday. I search the scriptures for wisdom and direction, and I follow the feelings that I get from the Holy Spirit. Right now I have the wonderful opportunity to serve many people because of my calling in the church. I was called by a general authority of the church to serve as the president of a stake. A stake is a geographical unit of the church that oversees 5 to 12 congregations. Each congregation is presided over by a bishop who sees to the spiritual and temporal welfare of about 300 to 400 members. The stake that I preside over has 10 congregations and there are over 3000 members. Local leaders of the church are not paid for their services so I voluntier about 20 to 40 hours per week in service to church members and the community at large. As a stake president I am responsible for administering the various programs of the church but I regularly meet with individuals usually 2 to 3 nights during the week and all day on Sundays. I meet with individual members to give them spiritual guidance, to help them through the repentance process and to determine their worthiness to enter the temple and to serve missions. I derive great joy through this service and I have felt very powerfully the love that Jesus Christ has for all the children of our Father in Heaven. When members of the church make big mistakes in their lives and break the commandments of God I meet with them to help them through the repentance process. During these meetings I have been filled with the love that Jesus Christ has for those who have a desire to change their lives. I have come to know for myself that His love for us is absolutely unconditional. It doesn't matter what we have done, His love for us never waivers. All He wants is for us to come unto Him so that we can be healed from the effects of our sins. I know that the power of His atonement is very real. I have experienced it in my own life and have seen it heal many many others.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I believe that this church has experienced phenominal growth because people are drawn to the values that it teaches. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ brings peace and joy into ones life. When we learn to listen with our hearts we can receive clear direction from God. That direction comes through the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Those prompting most generally come in the form of feelings or flashes of pure intelligence. There comes with those feelings a confidence and an assurance that we are on the right path. There are so many people in the world today that feel lost and unsure. When people hear the restored gospel of Jesus Christ they begin to feel that joy and peace, and they begin to feel that confidence that their life has great meaning. They begin to understand that every living soul upon this earth is a child of God with unlimited potential. They begin to understand that we are all literally brothers and sisters and that everyone is of infinite worth in the eyes of our Father in Heaven. As people truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ they gain great power to do good in the world. "By their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:20) Show more Show less