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Hi I'm Greg

I joined the LDS Church at college in Oregon studying engineering. Best decision of my life!

About Me

I'm a retired hp executive who has gone back to work fulltime in an exciting start-up. My wife and I live in Oregon. We have 16 grandchildren in several western states. When I'm not working, I enjoy welding and other metal work for my small farm. I'm also into woodworking, something I have been doing for over 50 years. I'm restoring a 1947 John Deere tractor and I have a recent one as well. I'm also an avid Harley motorcycle rider, having ridden close to 100,000 miles around America. We are doing another cross-country trip this year.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS Church because it could answer the questions of where I came from, why I am here on earth, and where I am going in a way no other Christian church can do. It gave me a framework of truth and principles that I could depend on for the rest of my life and beyond. I knew I would not be disappointed or surprised later in my life because truth is never inconsistent with itself. I have continued active in the LDS Church because my regular religious associations and opportunities to serve help me become a better person, a more loving husband and father, more successful in business, and more informed as a citizen. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is challenging and yet very fulfilling. I know God lives, His son Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that He has restored his Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith with the same authority as the original.

How I live my faith

My faith is an integral part of my life. That means my faith is manifest in how I relate to my family, my co-workers, and my fellow citizens. I'm commited to being honest, to being of service, and to being generous with my means for those less fortunate. I have served in scouting, in teaching, in non-profit board positions, and in Church leadership positions. I have taught early morning high school religious instruction for 8 years. I believe a fundamental purpose of this life is to learn, to grow, and to create eternal relationships, so I have tried to integrate my faith into my everyday life by how I conduct myself, by how I learn, and by how I treat others.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Greg
Yes I do. And that is not so extraordinary as one might believe. Prophets have been the spokespersons for God for milennia. This is a necessary role. Imagine two year olds having a discussion about parenting. We could imagine they would be having a very different discussion than that being held by their parents! So it is with us and God. Isaiah noted that God's thoughts are not our thoughts and Jesus told us we can't even imagine what God has in store for us. So imagining we can tell God what His plan is and how it should operate requires a lot of hubris and it has been going on for centuries with no hope of reaching agreement. Hence the role of the prophet. God calls special men and women, through whom he speaks, to inform us of His plan and the steps we must take to maximize our potential as his children. One such prophet was Moses; another was Peter. Yet another was Joseph Smith. The current president of the LDS Church, Thomas S. Monson, is another. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Greg
Most simply stated, it is the authority given to man by God to act in His name. It cannot be assumed. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Greg
We believe our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, are perfected beings with tangible bodies and the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are ONE God, but three persons, rather than three Gods and one person as described by the Trinity. Jesus was the first fruits of the resurrection and, in Luke, told his apostles in the upper room to "handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have." The resurrection is the recombining of the spirit and the flesh separated at death. Once resurrected, a person dies or separates spirit from flesh no more. So Jesus is still resurrected with that body he showed the apostles and others. He became like his Father... Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Greg
There are many evidences. However, for those with a scientific or mathematical bent, the chances of our precarious existence emerging randomly from chaos are so low that those who are proponents of this view have had to propose multiple universes to have enough particles available for the statistics to even be possible!  If then, not by random chance, we must be here by design. If by design, then we have God...... Show more Show less