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Hi I'm Gregory

I am a singer. I love musical theater. I love to learn. I am an Eagle Scout. I am a Missionary. I am a Mormon

About Me

I recently returned from serving my mission in the AMAZING California Oakland/San Francisco Mission. I grew up in Ferndale, Washington and moved to Corning, New York when I was 11. I grew up with my dad serving in the Army, and as the only boy in a house full of girls (2 older sisters and 2 younger) it made life kind of hard, but it ended up making the opportunities that I had to spend with my dad all the more special to me. I come from a very musical family where all of us sing and most of us play another instrument (mine is piano). I grew up in the gospel, in a family that was very active in the church. My mother was an English teacher and her Father was a History teacher, and between them and my father, I developed a love for knowledge and learning. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and everything that it stands for. I love to play and watch Football, Baseball, and Ultimate Frisbee; I am a member of the International Thespian Society (and therefore a musical theater geek!); and I love to read books and watch movies (especially those with cool soundtracks). I love learning about history and what makes things work, and recently have picked up writing a little poetry/songwriting.

Why I am a Mormon

As I said, I grew up in a very active member family, but like everyone else, had to gain my own testimony. I went to primary and through the youth programs, earning my Duty to God award (a church based award) and my Eagle Scout award, I went to Seminary and participated in all of the activities that the church did, all the while hoping that I would be able to gain that testimony, but I kept on being frustrated because it seemed that no matter how much information about the church and the scriptures that I absorbed it wasn't enough. I struggled with that for a long time and at one point, when I was about 18, thought strongly about leaving the church. The biggest struggle for me was that I felt like I had fallen off of Heavenly Father's radar. I could see that my parent's would get answers to their prayers; I saw that my sisters would get answers to their prayers and others as well. I, however, could not remember ever receiving an answer to prayer or feeling the Spirit. As I left for college, this still troubled me greatly. Finally I decided that settling this (to know if I had felt the spirit before and if I had received an answer to prayer) was more important than anything else. After praying and pleading for what seemed like forever, I felt a peace come over me and all of my stress melted away. I felt a feeling in my heart and some memories and scriptures were brought to my mind. The memories were of times when I had felt this same feeling before. The scriptures: “The Holy Ghost…shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance” (John 14:26) from the Bible, “The Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men” (2 Nephi 33:1) from the Book of Mormon, and “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart” (D&C 8:2) from modern revelation. I then knew, independant of anyone else, that my Heavenly Father knew me personally and has never forgotten me.

How I live my faith

Now that I have returned from serving a mission, I live my faith by continuing to do those things that He taught me while I was on my mission. I study the scriptures, I pray, I attend and participate in church activities and I work to make sure that everyone knows that I am a member of the church by the way I act, eat, sleep, breathe, etc. Basically by the way I live. I am a firm believer in the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, "Preach the Gospel at all times, and use words, if necessary". I learned to trust in Heavenly Father more than I ever thought possible before my mission and I know that as long as I stay faithful to His commandments, that He will bless me.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Gregory
We dress for church as if we were going to a dinner with an important guest. This is because we are going to a Spiritual, not physical, feast. We go to feast upon the words of Christ. The important guest is the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead, who works constantly with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We are also going to this feast in the Lord's House, so we should dress appropriately. We wear modest clothing, nice slacks, white shirt and tie for men (suit is optional) and modest dresses, and skirt/blouse combination. "Modest" would be defined by sleeves covering the shoulder and skirts at least down to the knee. As For Holidays, I LOVE THEM!!! They are fun, energetic times, full of family tradition and family get-togethers and, well, just full of Family and Friends. We love holidays. Christmas and Easter especially, because they are the most spiritually significant. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Gregory
We are 110% against it. Show more Show less