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Hi I'm Glen

I'm a ham radio operator and a middle school teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a school teacher in a rural community in which 80 of my students speak Spanish as their first language. I am a ham radio operator and a dad. I've got 3 boys and a girl. I've spent many years working with the Boy Scouts as a leader, and as a parent volunteer. For many years -about 13 or 14- I've volunteered at Cub Scout Day Camp, but now I'm moving on to other scouting ventures. I played trumpet in high school and in the college marching and concert bands and occasionally will still dust it off and whip out a tune now and again.

Why I am a Mormon

 The long and short of it is the Holy Spirit testified to me. My parents had been very inactive members. I grew up going to church with my grandmother to the local Methodist Church. One night after my parents had become active and I was back home from college, one of their church friends, someone called a 'home teacher' asked if I would talk with the missionaries. Prior to meeting with them, I had studied it out looking up scriptural references and reading "A Marvelous Work and Wonder," since it seemed extremely weird to me that they had started going to church after so many years of not attending any church. But it was kneeling down with the missionaries that convinced my heart it was true. I had wanted to know it was true. Elder Rehak challenged me to kneel and find out. When I did, I felt a calm, peaceful feeling, and a sensation that is as the scriptures describe it, 'a burning in the heart.' I knew. And I haven't looked back since.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving as the Ward Clerk, sort of the secretary that is in charge of keeping all the congregation's records straight. I record baptisms, and other events in the lives of the member. I also help keep the ward budget and financial records straight. I start my Sundays in a meeting with the Bishop and his councilors and keep minutes of the meeting. Then I will next be part of the meeting with the heads of the different organizational units, like Sunday School and Primary  where we correlate or efforts to see to the needs of the various members of the congregation, or ward, as we call it. On Wednesday nights I take a minivan full of kids to Boy Scouts and Young Women, our youth programs, from our neighborhood. At least once a month I go with a companion to visit a few families to take a spiritual lesson to them and check in to see how they are faring. As a ham radio operator I participate in providing communications for local events, such as the Central Coast Double Century bike ride. Thankfully I haven't needed to use the those skills for emergency services during a disaster, but I am available for when the need comes. I currently serve as a merit badge councillor and unit commissioner for the Boy Scouts, and often the second adult for campouts. In the past I have served as Sunday School president, and early morning seminary teacher, a Sunday School teacher for the youth, various different positions as a Boy Scout leader. My wife and I have volunteered our time to Cub Scout day camp every summer for the last twelve years. Busy? Yes, we are, but we love every minute of the service we provide. In in all the years Heavenly Father has blessed us far more than we deserve for the little work we do.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Glen
In essence it is the heartfelt knowledge of Jesus Christ and his teachings. When you have a testimony you experience the things spoken of in Galatians 5:22 as the Holy Spirit testifies to your heart and mind of what is true and right.  You know that Jesus truly lives, and loves us. You have a great wonderful feeling as you experience His divinity and realize what His Atonement means to you. You also have the knowledge revealed to your heart of the reality of works Heavenly Father is doing today restoring things to their fullness. Show more Show less