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Hi I'm Geoffrey

I love family, friends, and the gospel. I figure most everything else can figure itself out.

About Me

  I come from a family of five boys and I'm the middle child. Picture rough housing, teasing, and dumbed down mind games and you've got the early years. My parents and my brothers are my best friends and they're really good at adopting my other friends into the family.  I like to sing, play the guitar, or piano. I've waited tables, washed dishes, sold knives, delivered papers, sold computers, worked as a mover, been a customer services specialist, and repaired ATM's. I'm thinking of studying political science, but that could change tomorrow. I grew up in Utah but lately I've been living in Wisconsin and I love it out here!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm mormon because I know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true. Because I know that, I know that Jesus Christ has commissioned Prophets and Apostles on the earth today to show us how to know God and be happy. Jesus Christ is that truth and his teachings, when applied, are our source to spiritual power. When it comes down to it I know that God can help us change and find peace and hope in any situation. It starts with wanting to take charge of your life, in the areas that really matter, and realizing you can't do it without Christ. I believe that the only lasting peace comes from knowing who you are and liking what you are becoming, that's the kind of peace that cannot be taken away -Holy Bible, Job 27,6-. If we will do it the Lord's way, I believe that is something we can share and help others achieve, then that peace will become joy -3 John 1,4-. I want to be good, and I know that it is through our Redeemer Jesus Christ that we can gain the strength to rid ourselves of all that is not good on the inside, then the outside. I believe that Church is a gift from God to help us do just that. It has taken me a long time to learn that God has much bigger plans for us than we could ever plan for ourselves, but I've come to really believe it. I know that to the degree that we will trust him and follow his commandments, those plans will be realized.

How I live my faith

It seems the most natural thing to me that Jesus is not about helping us ignore our problems, he's about solving them. The Great Healer doesn't just soothe symptoms, he cures illness. I believe that if your focus is on yourself and your strength you will quickly become overwhelmed and will never measure up to your standards. That's probably a good thing because our standards are not necessarily God's standards, after all none of us are perfect. One of the best men I've ever known once explained our progression in the gospel with this analogy. The gospel is like a towering mountain trail. In trying to get a good look at the rocks along the mountainside you've got a couple options. You could circle the mountain with a telescope or you can climb. If you climb you can pick up the rocks, turn them over, test their weight, break off chunks to take with you, view them with a magnifying glass, there's many options. With a telescope you've only got so many angles, granted some telescopes have pretty awesome zoom. Many people with telescopes like to ridicule those climbing, saying things like "you must be getting tired" or "I've got a better view of the mountain than you do". In the end though it's not the view of the mountain were searching for but the view from the top. So I seek understanding of what God's standards are from the scriptures and Christ's chosen Prophet. I test that understanding through prayer and application. I wish I were a faster learner but for now I'm just doing the best I can. It makes sense to me that if we want to get to know Christ then we've got to work with him. I believe Christ's Church, or Christ's Kingdom, is where God provides ways for us to be part of his work. Right now my part is being a missionary and missionary service has been an amazing experience. I've also served as a Deacon, Teacher, Priest, and a Ward Chorister during Sacrament Meeting. I know that as we serve the Lord and leave our lives in his hands he shapes our life into something better than we ourselves could have ever envisioned.    

Are Mormons Christians?

Geoffrey
 Yes. It is a great mystery to me why some people insist that we are not. The church is called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Every prayer offered by any member of the Church, that prays as we are commanded, prays in the name of Jesus Christ. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most fundamental doctrine of the Church. The First Article of our Faith reads "We believe in God The Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." That's the beginning of a long list. Suffice it to say that we are Christian, we believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord, and our God.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Geoffrey
Because the Savior, Jesus Christ, has commanded us to do so. We also share the Gospel out of our desire to share with others the blessings it has brought into our lives. It is also only by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we can heal the world we live in today. Ezra Taft Benson, Prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ, once said "We are commanded by God to take this gospel to all the world. That is the cause that must unite us today. Only the gospel will save the world from the calamity of its own self-destruction. Only the gospel will unite men of all races and nationalities in peace. Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family". What Ezra said is true, and I do my best to share the gospel because that is the kind of world I want, and it is our duty from God to strive for it. Show more Show less