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Hi I'm Grant

Yes, you can be a liberal Democrat and an active Mormon at the same time!

About Me

My Mormon ancestry reaches back to Nauvoo, and yet most of my friends are surprised to learn I am a Mormon! Why? Well, I teach 19th century American Literature and feminist theory at a Catholic Franciscan liberal arts college. I live on the banks of the Mississippi River. I have an African-American teen-age son. I am a single parent. And I am a registered Democrat who even voted for George McGovern! But I am a strong Mormon! I enjoy hiking, antiqueing, cooking, any sport, writing, and of course reading.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church is my identity. In the Church I find the values, the doctrine, the peace, and the gospel of good news that sustains me. Even though I come from Mormon roots, I continue to grow in the gospel as I listen to the testimonies of others and share my own testimony of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith is on display in my office and in my home. I collect Mormon memorabilia, including 19th century books about Mormonism especially polygamy. I live my faith by being kind to others, by sharing whatever I have with others, and by serving those who are in need. I have held almost every calling possible in the Church. But right now in my ward I am the unofficial fifth missionary -- I provide rides, meals, recreational opportunities, and my home to the missionaries. My house is their house.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that through his atoning sacrifice all will be saved. The Mormon Church deviates from mainstream Christianity in its belief in modern scripture aside from the Bible, eternal progression, and a trinity that consists of three separate entities the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit  Show more Show less