Hi I'm Greg
I am the youngest of 7 children. I was born and raised in Ammon, Idaho and have been blessed to have many opportunities to explore the great outdoors in Idaho. One of my passions in life is physical fitness and I love being able to use this wonderful body that has been created in my heavenly Fathers image. I have grown up in the lds faith and it has blessed my life tremendously. I am a generally quiet person but I am by no means shy. The things I care most about are my family, friends and my relationship with my savior. I have faced many challenges in my life but thankfully the lord has never given me more than i can handle and he has always strengthened my back so that it may be sufficient to carry the load he has given me. I have many friends that are members of the lds faith and many that aren't and so I have been able to see the difference that the gospel of Jesus Christ has made in how they live. I am currently serving a full time mission. My life has changed through seeing the gospel change the lives of others and there is nothing I would rather be doing than serving my Lord for two years.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon because I know that the lds church is the same church that Christ himself established when he was here upon the earth. Jesus Christ and God The Father appeared to a young boy named Joseph Smith and revealed to him that none of the churches on the earth at that time were true. Later in his life Joseph was called to be a prophet and through him the Lord caused a restoration of truth to take place. The same authority that Jesus Christ gave to His apostles has been restored to the earth and its through performing ordinances with this authority or Priesthood that we, God's children may return to live in his presence. Sacred ordinances such as baptism are where we make promises to God and He makes promises to us and so we are able to form a contract with him that allows us to recieve all the blessings He has in store for us. When it all comes down to it I'm a Mormon because I have recieved a divine witness through the Holy Ghost that the church and everything the church teaches is true!
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is knowing that all that God has promised us will be fulfilled and that Jesus Christ really did make it possible for us to become clean from our sins and imperfections. It's knowing that we will live with our Father in Heaven again as long as we do what he commands and that we will experience all the joy that comes with that being in his presence. I hope for a better life with those that I love and along with that I hope for a place at the right hand of God because I will be pure even as he is pure.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior has commanded all men that they must be perfect even as he is perfect. I am constantly falling short of this commandment. But I know that I can become perfect through him and his atoning sacrifice on my behalf. This pushes me to repent everyday because I know that I can only fulfill this commandment by the grace of my redeemer. The grace that I access through faith and repentance. Jesus has set the standard not only for myself but for all of us and it is in consistently trying to reach that standard that I find purpose and motivation in life. If this life was only a time to "be a good person" then I might have already made it and I would not need to be here anymore, yet I know that it will take an entire life of living the gospel to fulfill my Father's plan for me.
How I live my faith
I live my faith through simple obedience. God has given all of us commandments and its living these commandments that makes us free. Even though I constantly fall short, I try to live a Christlike life and this includes following Christ's example of serving others, teaching his gospel, and living the best life that i possibly can. I'm a sinner and so I must repent daily in order to align myself with where God wants me to be. And of course it is my faith in His son Jesus Christ that moves me to recognize my shortcomings and repent. I do my best to live up to the promises that I have made to God through the covenant of baptism and I always strive to remember what it is He expects of me. Life is hard and so I constantly rely on the Holy Spirit that God has given me as a gift, to lead and guide me through the many decisions I have to make. Also I keep on living the way I know I should and I prepare myself for what God has in store for me.