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Hi I'm Greg Slater

I grew up in Europe. My wife and I adopted three orphan siblings from Mozambique. I joined the Church in Washington State.

About Me

I am a lawyer by profession and engage in international trade for a major technology company. I enjoy working with different governments and in various cultures to solve difficult regulatory challenges that impede economic progress. Because I have lived in various countries, I know French, Potuguese, Spanish and Italian. I also learned sign language by serving a deaf community. Someday I want to be proficient in Chinese or Russian, as I enjoy getting to know people in different cultures. In my spare time, I help my wife Sharon with her non-profit organization. I really enjoy traveling with her to help strengthen families in remote areas of the world. I also love being outdoors -- especially hiking and biking in the montains, playing tennis, and water and snow skiing. So I try to keep in shape as I get older.  We have four children in college, two still at home, and one serving a two year mission for the Mormon Church. They are our joy. Sharon and I love it when they serve and support each other without being asked. We are still waiting (anxiously) for our first grandchild.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in France and Italy. I attended various churches because of the faith of my parents and scout leaders, but none of them struck a spiritual chord or stirred my soul for long. When we moved back to the U.S., I was 13 years old and searching for something more spiritual. The new environment I found myself in with all of its materialism also provided motivation to question my identity and purpose in life. I met several Mormons in High School and was struck by their honesty, happiness and great sense of direction. During my senior year, one of them invited me to the Mormon Church where I felt something very good that I had never before experienced. I also noticed the spiritual strength and commitment of the individuals and families I met. When I was taught by the missionaries, the missing pieces of spiritual knowledge I had been looking for since I was 13 fell into place for me. I finally understood God's plan for His children and the purpose of life. For the first time, I also really understood many of the scriptures in the Bible and began appreciating the power of the Book of Mormon -- a second witness of Jesus Christ. Over time, my understanding of the Savior's sacrifice and all that it means has deepened by way of the doctrine taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church). I am very grateful for our living prophet and 12 apostles who are special witnesses of Jesus Christ and have given me so much guidance to live by and improve every day. I'm a Mormon because my faith empowers me to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ and fully commit to live His teachings that He has given throughout the ages. I have attended the Mormon Church in many of the more than 30 countries I have travelled to, and the doctrine taught in His Church wherever located -- whether on how to love and serve others, receive revelation, build a strong marriage and family, honor the Sabbath day, etc. -- never varies and always helps me.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for the Church and all it has done in my life. In fact, I was so happy after my baptism at age 19 that I decided to serve a full time mission, using funds I had saved for college to support myself so I could teach others about the Church and our faith. After I submitted my papers, a prophet called me to serve in the Brazil, Recife mission for 18 months where I grew very close to the people in that beautiful country. Since that time, I have sought to share with others the blessings that come from understanding and living the teachings given by the Son of God. In our Church, we are assigned families to shepherd and make sure their needs are taken care of and that they receive help if there is a crisis in their lives. These assignments have helped me develop into a more loving person overall, and a better father and husband in my own family. The Church's system of caring for each other is highly inspired and a marvel to watch in action. I love to be a part of it. No one is paid for their service in our Church; we do it out of the goodness of our hearts and by assignment given under inspiration. I have had many opportunities to work with the youth and adults in my Church, and benefitted greatly as I have strived to assist others with their temporal or spiritual challenges. In the last few years, I really have enjoyed teaching eager-to-learn young adults about the scriptures, which bring life and strength to our souls when we understand and apply them in our lives. I also have been a bishop (similar to a pastor) several times, a challenging assignment that was a great blessing to me. I learn so much more than I would on my own by accepting assignments to help others come unto Christ. In summary, I live my faith by trying to do and be a little better each and every day. This means consistently following in Jesus' footsteps by more fully implemeting His teachings in my life.

Are Mormons Christians?

Greg Slater
Of course we are. "Mormon" is a nickname derived from our belief in the Book of Mormon, which teaches and testifies of Jesus Christ and/or His doctrine on almost every one of its more than 500 pages, and complements the Bible by acting as a second witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. The Church bears the name of the Son of God and is structured just as it was when He ministered in person on the earth (see, e.g., Ephesians 4: 11-14); every ordinance performed is done in the name of Jesus Christ; and His Atonement is at the center of our faith, the basis of our hope, and on which we depend for so many blessings, including the highest of them all -- eternal life (see, e.g., Romans 8:17). Show more Show less