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Hi I'm Gordon

I'm a college professor, a husband, father and grandfather, a woodworker, an environmentalist, and a liberal. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wonderful wife and I were married in 1973, and have five great children. As an only child, I found being a father challenging. Thankfully, I learned a lot from church members, and my kids benefited tremendously from the church's classes and programs for children and teenagers. Today I love being a grandfather of thirteen! I have been an environmentalist since the late 1960s. I earned a degree in natural resources, working in outdoor education programs and for a statewide environmental group in Idaho. I eventually became a university business school professor. I teach classes on ethics and corporate social responsibility, and on sustainability and business. I've worked to help increase attention to environmental sustainability in business school education, and to help my university become more environmentally sustainable. Concern for my grandchildren's future motivates me to keep working to protect the environment. I'm also concerned about poverty and other social issues. My love of nature led me to backpacking and canoeing. Some of our most memorable family experiences were canoe trips in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area. We also enjoy gardening and canning produce. I dabbling in woodworking, making plaques, picture frames and toys. I hope to eventually make furniture for my children's and grandchildren's homes. My wife and I love to travel, read, and listen to folk, Irish and classical music. In addition, I'm a lifelong baseball fan.

Why I am a Mormon

My girlfriend -- now wife -- introduced me to the church in 1970. I attended church with her off and on, but wasn't really that interested. But after going away to college, I realized I needed to find out what she saw in the church. I began reading the scriptures and attending church, and was impressed by the goodness of the people there. I joined the church in 1972, but only after having an intense spiritual experience that confirmed to me that Jesus is my Savior, that he atoned for my sins, that he gave up his life so that I could live again, and that his original church has been restored to earth in these latter days. The church has provided additional meaning in my life, given me a wonderful community of friends, helped me learn how to serve others, and helped me become a better person. I now know that I am a spiritual child of God, who knows and loves me and who wants me to return to live with Him. I also know that if we live righteously, my wife and I can be together as husband and wife, as well as with our children, forever. This has helped me to strive to live a good life and to keep God's commandments. It has reinforced for me the importance of principles such as honesty, integrity, kindness, and love. I also know that everyone else who lives on this earth is also a child of God, and therefore is my brother and sister. Sometimes this is hard to remember, but it helps me to try to treat others with respect, and to give others the benefit of the doubt when they do something that could upset me. I realize that because we are all brothers and sisters we should strive to help and serve one another, and that by doing so we are serving God. As I've tried to live by the doctrines that I've been taught since I joined the church, I've seen myself change and become a better person. I've learned and benefited from the examples, insights and service of other church members, despite differences of opinion we may have on political or social issues.

How I live my faith

Mormons provide a lot of service. One of our scriptures says we "should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of [our] own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness." This involves service in the home, church and community. At home, I've tried to live my faith by being a good husband and father. I've tried be a good example to my children and help them have faith in God and be good people. Today I continue to try to help our adult children and love spending time with our grandchildren. In the church, I've served as a teacher, youth leader, clerk, secretary to regional leaders, and as head of groups of priesthood holders in local congregations. I've also served as a counselor to two bishops, and as a member of the stake high council. Currently I serve as a counselor to our stake president. Wherever we've lived I've been assigned several families to visit regularly as a "home teacher." This is my most important church responsibility, and in it I know that I've helped people in many ways. In turn, my family and I have been greatly helped by our home teachers. My wife and I plan to serve several church missions after I retire. The church also encourages community service. I've participated in many community service projects, and organized service projects for my professional association. I encourage my students to become involved in community service as well. I'm currently helping create a food co-op to help local consumers and farmers.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Gordon
No, it does not. Every two years in the United States the church issues a statement to be read at the beginning of our worship services encouraging people to study the positions of political candidates and vote for those candidates whom we individually believe to be best. I appreciate the church's political neutrality, along with its encouragement to be involved in the political process. As a member of the church I have never been asked whom I voted for, or been urged to vote for a particular candidate or party, by a church leader. While some people outside the church think that Mormons are all members of the Republican party, many members of the church, myself included, are Democrats. The church itself has stated "principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties." Likewise, each major US political party takes certain positions that I believe are incompatible with the doctrines of the church. As a result, I think that each church member tends to choose candidates and parties based on the positions that are most important to them. Regardless of the differences in political beliefs among members of a congregation, we serve and worship together as friends and brothers and sisters, united by our common faith in Jesus Christ and in the doctrines of His restored gospel. The church occasionally takes non-partisan stands on political issues that involve fundamental moral issues and could adversely impact society and the family. Show more Show less